In addition to our amazing aquarium experience, we work closely with teachers to develop educational workshops to enhance your students' visit. (See below for Education Workshop descriptions)
Each workshop follows a North Carolina state standard decided on by grade level. With the education workshop, we also add-on a first-hand look at how we care for thousands of sea creatures with an educational Behind-the-Scenes Tour! This tour is a 20-minute trip to our food-prep kitchen, laboratory and above the aquarium’s 117,000 gallon Ocean Tank. Behind-the-Scenes Tours are the perfect educational experience for groups of all ages! Ignite imagination and wonder in your class as they discover thousands of sea creatures and come face-to-face with animals from around the world.
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*Please note that each class can host 25 children and up to 5 adults. Groups may be combined.
Educational Workshops are available Monday - Friday only. The $2.00+tax fee is additional to the school price per child for the education workshop and Behind the Scenes Tour. Please plan 25-30 minutes for the workshop, 20 minutes for the Behind the Scenes Tour and 45-60 minutes to go through the aquarium.
Additional teachers/adults discounted admissions are only for a self-guided tour of the aquarium.
Learn everything about what is needed for a healthy coral reef ecosystem. Students will design their own coral reefs our of felt and discuss the ways we can help this vital ocean habitat. The storyboards will be used to teach the class about living and non-living components of an ecosystem and how they all interact within the food chain.
Follows NC State Academic Standard: Differentiate between living and nonliving things and what they need to survive/how the needs of animals are met by their habitat.
Learn the outcomes of plastic pollution and the inability of animals to adapt to rapidly changing ecosystems. Students will learn how to combat this issue, by learning how to properly recycle trash through an interactive game.
Follows NC State Academic Standard: Identify adaptations that allow animals to survive in their habitats.
Experience all six senses of sharks and stingrays and how they differ from a human's 5 senses. Students will learn how the two animals are related and how they use their senses for survival.
Follows North Carolina state academic standards.
Explore the variety of options in this industry, ranging from Oceanography to Curator, Aquarist and more. As an example for a daily responsibility in this career field, students will learn about internal squid anatomy.*
*There is an additional fee of +$4/student for the dissection portion of the workshop, if you choose. This is only available for students in grades 9-12.*
Follows NC State Academic Standard.
Download this FREE Teacher Checklist for everything you need to know before, during, and after your visit!
Captivate your class within the underwater world with the following teaching aids, worksheets, and activity packs. All documents are free to download and share with your class.
Our educational materials are based on activities and projects that will engage students before, during, and after your visit.
(Some of our fellow SEA LIFE's generously shared some of these worksheets with us)
Download these FREE Teacher Aids. They include great educational activities to supplement your visit to SEA LIFE.