Education Workshops & Teacher Resources

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium offers educational workshops!

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 self-guided tour of aquarium.

Educational Workshops

Grade K-2 Educational Workshop

Students will learn about habitats, animal movements and the clever adaptations of creatures found at SEA LIFE. This workshop also covers ocean conservation and how students can make a difference. Suitable for Grades K-2.

Our educators will guide the class through an underwater adventure meeting some of our creatures and will help identify the traits that classify them as living or non-living things. We will then replicate coral by using water to stick packing peanuts (coral) together to form a cohesive unit.


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.

Grade 3-5 Educational Workshop

The class will use their critical thinking skills when an "oil spill" occurs in their "pond." Children will have a hands-on experience learning how oil spills affect our aquatic ecosystem and how animals adapt to survive.


Follows NC State Academic Standard: Identify adaptations that allow animals to survive in their habitats.

Grade 6-8 Educational Workshop

Sharks & Rays Senses

Experience all 6 senses of sharks and stingrays and how they compare to the 5 senses of humans!

Our educators will demonstrate, through fun educational activities, how these two animals are related and how they use their senses for survival.


Follows North Carolina state academic standards

Grade 9-12 Educational Workshop

Marine Science Careers

Explore the variety of options available in the Marine Science Field - From Oceanography to Aquarist and get a close up look on the day to day work of an Aquarist here at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium.  With this workshop we have an option to add on a simple squid dissection.

Optional: Circle of Life - Animal Necropsy/Squid Dissection

As in life when an animal dies, an autopsy is performed, which is the same in an aquarium environment, but is called a "necropsy."

We will use a simple squid dissection to demonstrate.


Follows NC State Academic Standard

Fun Educational Activity Sheets & Teacher Resources

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)

Amazing Oceans: PreK-K

More Teacher Aids

Download these FREE Teacher Aids. They include great educational activities to supplement your visit to SEA LIFE.

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