​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Partnering with Educators to inspire marine conservation in future generations is a priority and integral piece of our important mission. We have developed programs to help classroom teachers and educators of all kinds engage their students in the exciting world of marine science.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virginia Aquarium is open to the public at a limited capacity with safety procedures in place for our guests, staff, and volunteers. Some of our programs are temporarily unavailable, but please contact us at (757) 385-FISH (3474) if you have aquestions about any of the following opportunities.

 
 

Virtual Programs


Unable to visit the Aquarium? No problem! Check out our extensive list of virtual programs available to individual learners and for use in classrooms.  

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Toddler Programs

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We offer programs designed just for the youngest, wiggliest, and most inquisitive guests.

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At-Home Learning


We value all educators and recognize the dedicated efforts of homeschool families. We are here to offer ideas and programs designed with your students in mind.

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Outreach Programs

Our engaging and knowledgeable educators are ready to bring marine science right to your classroom. Check our extensive list of programs for classes and for indiviual learners! *Outreach Programs are not currently being offered.

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Suitcase Science


We have created educational kits for educators to check-out for use in their classrooms.

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Scouts

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We offer some great adventures to help your Scouts earn those badges.

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Field Trips


You can learn more about our animals, our programs, our people, and all kinds of other interesting Aquarium-related news on our blog.

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Class Boat Trips

 

For an extra memorable experience, consider reserving one of our Sea Adventure boat trips designed for your students. 

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Spring Break Camps


Check out our new 2021 Spring Break Camps! Space is VERY limited so click the link below to learn more and register TODAY!


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Youth Conservation Series

​The Youth Conservation Series provides middle and high school students with opportunities to explore research, careers, and topics in marine science through field experiences and conservation action.

Marine Science Career Day (Virtual)

March 19 & 20

​During this two day virtual event, participants will be able to meet a variety of local marine scientists to learn about their job duties, what skills and training they need, and how to get started in their field.

This event is FREE, but registration is required. Register by March 16 for the sessions in which you are interested by using this online Google form:

REGISTER HERE


Session schedule:

March 19 | 5-7 pm

  • 5 - 6 pm 
  • Allie Hobgood

    Water Quality Lab Manager, Virginia Aquarium

  • 6 - 7 pm
  • David Moyer

    Senior Curator Life Support, Virginia Aquarium

March 20 | 10 am - 3 pm

  • 10 - 11am
  • Chari Stenhoff

    Aquarist, Virginia Aquarium

  • 11am - 12 pm
  • Dr. Caroline Bonin Lewallen

    Assistant Professor, Hampton University

  • 1 - 2 pm
  • Colleen Haley

    Mammal Trainer, Virginia Aquarium

  • 2 - 3 pm
  • Dr. Allyson McNaughton

    Veterinarian, Virginia Aquarium


To register use the link above. For more information please contact us at  (757) 385-0275, or by email at programs@virginiaaquarium.com.​​


Teacher Training & Resources

As partners with teachers we provide valuable educational resources, special Teacher Appreciation events, and training opportunities.

No programs are currently scheduled.


Funding Assistance

Who may apply for Access Aquarium support?

  • Groups of an academic nature from Title I schools, Virginia Preschool Initiative programs, and Head Start programs. 
  • Virginia schools with a federal free or reduced lunch percentage of at least 50% are eligible to apply, regardless of Title I status.
  • Access Aquarium funding is NOT for siblings, family members or friends of approved students or chaperones.

What activities does Access Aquarium support?

  • Funds can be used to cover half of the cost of admission to the Virginia Aquarium, Onsite School Programs, Outreach Programs, and Virtual Programs. 
  • Funds are NOT available for boat trips.

Note: All applicants must submit a new (current year) application for each school year as requirements may change. 


Apply Here