Teaching Resources, Workshops & Standards

In addition to our amazing aquarium experience, we work closely with teachers to develop educational programs to enhance your students' visit. For self-guided field trips (admission only), we provide FREE downloadable materials that can be used before, during or after your trip.

To book a field trip of 15+ students, call 866-622-0605 or use our online booking form.


For Self-Guided Visits

Download these FREE Teacher Notes and Student Exploration Sheets. They include great educational activities to supplement your visit to SEA LIFE Michigan. Print one for each of your students to complete as they walk through the aquarium!

Amazing Oceans: PreK-K

Pre-School Workshop

Little Creatures

Students will learn about creatures that live in our ocean and here at SEA LIFE through story time, song and dance. This workshop also contains free play stations including shapes, letters and sensory bins. Suitable for Preschool.

Pre-School Workshop

Hermit Crabs - NEW FOR 2018!

Students will learn all about hermit crabs and how they have to find a shell to survive. This workshop includes a story, group activity, craft and learning stations to practice fine motor skills. Suitable for Preschool.

K-2nd Grade Workshop

Meet the Creatures BINGO

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 here in Michigan. Suitable for K-2nd grade.

Next Generation Science Standards met by this workshop >>

K-2nd Grade Workshop

Little Lake Sturgeon - NEW FOR 2018!

Students will learn about Michigan's own lake sturgeon, their life cycle, anatomy and what they can do to help protect these creatures. This workshop includes an interactive game and song to engage students in the world of the critically endangered lake sturgeon. Suitable for K-2nd grade.


3-5th Grade Workshop

Shark Snacks

Students will examine the unique characteristics of sharks including their diet, jaw structure and how they process information. This workshop also covers the important part sharks play in our ecosystem and why we need to protect them. Suitable for 3rd-5th grade.

Next Generation Science Standards met by this workshop >>

3-5th Grade Workshop

Lake Sturgeon - NEW FOR 2018!

Students will dive deeper into the Michigan lake sturgeon's lifecycle, anatomy and how to protect these amazing creatures. This workshop includes hands-on games to engage students in the life of a sturgeon, their special adaptations and the challenges they face regarding climate change & habitat destruction. Suitable for 3rd-5th grade.


5-12th Grade Workshop

Squid Dissection

Students will examine the anatomy and adaptations of squid through a hands-on dissection. They also will explore the classification of squid and some of their relatives. Suitable for 5-12th grade. 45-60 minutes. Please note: Due to the importance of the safety of our guests, any participants of a dissection who are not following directions may not be allowed to continue.

Next Generation Science Standards met by this workshop >>

6-8th Grade Workshop

Water Resources & Biodiversity

Students will examine all the ways water is used and the unique survival skills of animals dealing with limited resources. This workshop will also focus on water conservation, biodiversity and how we can help. Suitable for 6-8th grade.

Next Generation Science Standards met by this workshop >>

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