**If you are an Educator working with Toddlers, be sure to check out our
Toddler Programs page for Virtual and Outreach programs geared to the younger learners.**
Let us bring marine science (virtually) to your class with our real-time programs.
When you can't come to see us at the Aquarium let us bring learning to you.
We have created educational kits for educators to check-out for use in their classrooms.
Unforgettable and educational experiences with your students in mind.
Teachers seeking funding for their group may apply for assistance through the Aquarium's Access Aquarium Grant program. This donation supported program can cover 50% of the Aquarium admission cost and select educational programs for high-needs schools in Virginia. Beginning July 1, 2019, this opportunity is open to Title 1 schools, Virginia Preschool Initiative programs, Head Start programs, and schools with a Federal Free and Reduced Lunch rate of at least 50%. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access Aquarium Application
The Virginia Aquarium offers several professional development courses to help teachers build their knowledge on science topics and enhance their curriculum with lesson plans. Many of our courses bring you up-close and personal with live animals and offer field experiences and a chance to meet with experts. Our summer 2020 offerings are listed in the document below with information on how to register.
Summer 2020 Teacher Trainings
Reflecting On Practice
Reflecting on Practice is a professional learning program for educators in informal learning institutions. The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is one of the more than 50 such institutions, including other aquariums, botanical gardens, museums, national parks, nature centers, and zoos, around the U.S. and Canada that have adopted the program.
The program immerses educators in the latest research on learning, and encourages them to examine how these ideas relate specifically to their interaction with guests. Experiences within the program strengthen a shared understanding and language among educators within an institution, and cultivate a culture of learning.
Reflecting on Practice is partnered with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, National Association for Interpretation, and the Association of Science-Technology Centers.
To learn more about Reflecting on Practice, including upcoming events, click