Unable to visit the Aquarium? No problem! Our trained educators will bring our exhibits and animals right to your (virtual) classroom with our real-time educational programs.


Minimum Set-Up Requirements:
  • Computer (Desktop, laptop, or tablet)
  • Webcam and microphone
  • Projector and speakers
  • Stable internet connection

Classroom Virtual Programs


Preschool & Kindergarten (Ages 4 - 6)

  • 30-minute session
  • $80 per program
  • One class per session or 30 students

Turtle Tales
Explore sea turtles and identify how they move, get their food, protect themselves, and grow.
Science Block 1, 5, K.1, K.3, K.7, K.10, K.11; Physical Block 1; K.1, K.7

Shark Senses
Observe our shark exhibit and identify shark senses.
Science Block 1, 5, K.1, K.3, K.7, K.10, K.11; Physical Block 1; K.1, K.7


School-Aged (Grades 1 - 12)

  • 50-minute session
  • $100 per program
  • One class per session or 30 students
Sea Turtle Survivor (grades 1-12)

Explore our Light Tower Exhibit and identify the life stages of a sea turtle and what it takes to survive in the open ocean.

Science SOLs: 1.1, 1.5, 1.8, 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8, 3.10, 4.1, 4.5, 5.1, 5.5, 5.7, 6.9,
LS.4, LS.8, LS.9, LS.11, BIO.8

Shark Survivor (grades 1-12)

Observe our Norfolk Canyon Exhibit and identify the role sharks and rays play in the ecosystem.

Science SOLs: 1.1, 1.5, 1.8, 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 3.10, 4.1, 4.3, 4.5, 5.1, 5.5, 5.7, 6.9, LS.4, LS.8, LS.9, LS.11, BIO.8

Fishes of the Chesapeake Bay (grades 2-5)

Dive into our Chesapeake Bay Aquarium to observe fish shapes and behavior. Learn how this dynamic ecosystem supports a variety of biodiversity.

Science SOLs: 2.5, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.10, 4.5, 4.9, 5.5, 6.1, LS.4, ES.10

Ocean Zones (grades 3-5)

Learn about the zones of life in the ocean, and the amazing adaptations of animals for surviving in the deep, dark sea.

Science SOLs: 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.10, 4.5, and 4.9

Animal Encounters: Life Cycles (grades K-2)

Act out the life cycles of a butterfly and frog, match animals and their eggs, and learn about how animals change as they grow.

Science SOLs: K.9, 2.4, 3.8

Animal Encounters: Compare Animal Groups (grades 2-6)

Explore the five classes of vertebrate animals – Fish, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles, and Amphibians by examining real biofacts and observing animals.

Science SOLs: 2.5, 3.6, 4.5, 5.6, 6.7

Animal Encounters: Habitats & Adaptations (grades 3-5)

Test your own adaptation skills, identify animal adaptations for protection, locomotion, and finding food, and adapt yourself to live in different habitats.

Science SOLs: 3.4, 3.5, 4.5, 5.6

Animal Encounters: Training & Enrichment (grades 3 -12)

Learn about the many ways the Virginia Aquarium cares for its animal through training and enrichment. Explore the tools of the trade and learn how you can incorporate training and enrichment with your own pets.



QUESTIONS? READY TO BOOK?
Please contact the School & Youth Programs Specialist at:
rriesbec@virginiaaquarium.com