Seals Off Exhibit Wednesday, May 22

Please note that the harbor seals will be off exhibit Wednesday, May 22 while we conduct work on their exhibit.

Educator in Classroom with Students

We offer Outreach Programs to local classrooms to bring a trained educator with marine science fun to your young learners. Book an outreach program today! All programs are 50 minutes, and priced at $200 per session (2 or more sessions $175 each) except for Pre-K through Kindergarten - see below. Please note: requests for programs must be submitted at least one month before the desired program date to be considered. Animal Ambassadors are not guaranteed to accompany a program in the event of inclement weather or other husbandry-related issues. 

Pricing

Single Program

$200
  • Does not apply to Prek-K Through Kindergarten Programs - see below for pricing.

Multiple Programs

$175
  • Does not apply to Prek-K Through Kindergarten Programs - see below for pricing.

Program Information

Travel fees are dependent on your class location.

  • $0 Virginia Beach
  • $25 Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth
  • $45 Newport News, Hampton, Suffolk, and Poquoson
  • $65 Williamsburg, Yorktown, Isle of Wight, Smithfield

T is for Turtle – Toddlers 

20 Minutes | $150 (one program) or $125 (2-5 programs)

Using senses and practicing letter recognition, explore models and movement to learn about turtles. Learn how fun it can be to keep our oceans clean!

ELDS: ALP.1, ALP.3, CD.1

Turtle Talk – Pre-K – K 

30 Minutes | $175 (one program) or $150 (2-5 programs)

Use models and movement to help us compare and contrast sea turtles, land turtles, and aquatic turtles. Then we’ll use problem solving skills to brainstorm ways to help the turtles thrive, and how we can play a part in keeping our oceans clean!

ELDS and SOLs: ALP.1, ALP.3, CD.1, K.7, K.11

Mini Movers – Pre-K – Kindergarten 

30 Minutes | $175 (one program) or $150 (2-5 programs)

Get your students up and moving while they learn how different animals move and why some animals don’t need to move to survive!

ELDS and SOLs: CD1.1, CD4.1, K.7

Sea Turtles from Egg to Adult – 1st – 3rd Grade 

50 Minutes 

Learn how a turtle’s life begins and the dangers it faces to survive. We will play a fun game to explore its life cycle from nest to adult. We will also discuss conservation efforts and brainstorm ways that we can help sea turtles survive.

SOLs: 1.5, 2.4, 2.5, 3.4

Life in the Chesapeake Bay – 1st – 3rd Grade 

50 Minutes

In this program we will learn about the Chesapeake Bay, and the important roles different organisms play in different estuarine habitats. Then, we will split into stations and learn about oysters, plankton, and build a creature perfectly designed for its habitat.

SOLs: 1.5, 2.5, 3.4, 3.5

Out in the Ocean – 3rd – 4th Grade 

50 Minutes 

Go on an adventure through the zones of the ocean and observe changes in animal adaptations in each zone! Along the way, students will learn how ocean properties, animal adaptations, and ocean geology change with depth.

SOLs: 3.4, 3.8, 4.7

Bay Watch – 4th – 6th Grade 

50 Minutes 

Get an in-depth look at the Chesapeake Bay and the organisms that make up its food web. We will split into stations, and dissect an oyster, investigate planktonic organisms, and build a food web model.

Sols: 4.3, 4.8, 6.8, 6.9

Sea Turtle Rescue – 4th – 12th Grade (Does not fit 5th grade SOLs) 

50 Minutes 

Become a stranding technician with the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team! Get a hands-on look at what it takes to rescue a stranded sea turtle, and how we study deceased stranded sea turtles to help conservation efforts.

SOLs: 4.8, 6.9, LS.9, BIO.8

Inside the Squid – 7th – 12th Grade 

50 Minutes 

In this program, we’ll investigate the classification of squid, looking at the defining characteristics of different invertebrate phyla to see where the squid fits in. Then we’ll dissect the squid to show how it fits in with other mollusks!

SOLs: LS. 3, LS.11, BIO.6

Our summer programs are fun adaptations of our school-year programs, designed for a wider range of ages and a larger audience of up to 90 children. The listed range is the optimal age group for each program, but the content will be engaging for all ages!

Critters on the Go – Pre-K – Kindergarten 

30 Minutes

Get up and moving while learning how different animals move and why some animals don’t need to move to survive!

Turtle Trek– Kindergarten – 3rd Grade 

50 Minutes

Through hands-on activities and games, explore the fascinating world of turtles, from their serene underwater habitats to their slow-but-steady adventures on land.

Amazing Adaptations – 3rd – 8th Grade 

50 Minutes

Dive into the world of amazing adaptions! Movement, biofacts, and play are all used to discover how animals survive and thrive with unique traits.

Accommodates up to 90 children.

Life Cycles – Pre K – 2nd Grade 

50 Minutes 

Join us on our journey through the life cycles of different animals. We’ll learn about sea turtles, butterflies, frogs, and more!

SOLs: K.7, 1.5, 2.4

Out in the Ocean – 3rd – 4th Grade 

50 Minutes

Go on an adventure through the zones of the ocean and observe changes in animal adaptations in each zone! Along the way, students will learn how ocean properties, animal adaptations, and ocean geology change with depth

SOLs: 3.4, 3.8, 4.7

Adaptations – 3rd – 8th Grade (Does not fit 5th grade SOLs) 

50 Minutes

We’ll show you fascinating biofacts and have student volunteers help illustrate the adaptations of some animals that allow them to thrive in a variety of ecosystems.

SOLs: 3.4, 4.2, LS.7

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