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 questions about any of the following opportunities.
Unable to visit the Aquarium? No problem! Check out our extensive list of virtual programs available to individual learners and for use in classrooms.
We offer programs designed just for the youngest, wiggliest, and most inquisitive guests.
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.
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 individual learners! *Outreach Programs are not currently being offered.
We have created educational kits for educators to check-out for use in their classrooms.
We offer some great adventures to help your Scouts earn those badges.
Field trips are not currently being scheduled.
For an extra memorable experience, consider reserving one of our boat tours designed for your students.
Registration for our 2021 Summer Day Camps is now open for the general public. Spaces are limited!
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)
During this two day virtual event, participants were 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. We thank both our participants and speakers for being a part of this event!
Teacher Training & Resources
As partners with teachers, we provide valuable educational resources, special Teacher Appreciation events, and training opportunities.
No programs are currently scheduled.
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.