Bring the Aquarium to Your Classroom

No time to plan a field trip? Don’t worry, we’ll bring the Aquarium to you! With Georgia Aquarium’s Education Outreach Programs, your school can be a part of the valuable learning experiences that the Aquarium has to offer – without leaving the classroom.

Our educators focus on subjects such as technology and STEAM through a variety of engaging activities, such as arts and crafts and live animal experiences. We connect your students with the world’s oceans using three different types of experiences to choose from:

  • Classroom Outreach
  • Live Virtual Outreach
  • Aquanaut Express: An Outreach Showcase Bus

All of our programs are aligned with Georgia Standards of Excellence and are structured for the appropriate grade level of your students.

 

Classroom Outreach Programs

Education Outreach 1

Grades K-2

Grades K-2

Turtle-y Awesome!

Turtles live on both land and water. Some spend their entire lives in the water, like sea turtles, and others spend their entire time on land, like the Galapagos tortoise. Each one has unique characteristics and diets. Students will describe these differences by observing real shells and skulls.

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Playful Plants

Plants are everywhere including in rivers, lakes and oceans! There are so many different types found all over our waterways. Even though they look so different, they all have similar parts and pollination methods. Get moving with stationary plants.

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Grades 3-5

Grades 3-5

Riveting Reptiles

Reptiles can be found all over the world, with some calling the oceans their home. Reptiles have a wide variety of appearances from turtles with shells on their backs to some reptiles that don’t have legs! Students will categorize this diverse group of animals, while potentially interacting with these magnificent creatures!

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Small Scale Operations

Humans are covered in microorganisms. Even plants and animals are covered in microorganisms. Don’t let their small size fool you, they have a gigantic impact on our daily lives. Expand you and your students’ knowledge on aquatic microorganisms and their roles in our lives

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Grades 6-8

Grades 6-8

Deep Sea “Aliens”

The ocean is made of many layers divided by salinity and temperature. The further down into the ocean you travel the less light you’ll see, the colder the water gets and more drastically different life looks. Discover the unique adaptations and environment created by the cold, dark depths of the ocean.

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Fishy Fundamentals

Below the water surface, fish come in all shapes and sizes. Some fish gather oxygen from water, some breathe air, some use mucus for immunity, others rely on scales. Many have developed unexpected adaptations to survive some of the most extreme environments of Earth.

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Grades 9-12

Grades 9-12

Aquatic Attributes

Water is a vital part of all organic matter. Water has unique properties that animals use to their advantage, such as the ability to walk on water, floating in various levels of the water column or absorption of elements. Experiment with water to discover how animals have adapted to it’s different characteristics.

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Disappearing Diversity

Our ecosystems are complex systems requiring biodiversity to properly function. Humans are reducing biodiversity in our oceans at alarming rates, disrupting the delicate balance within ecosystems. Students will propose solutions after discovering human impacts.

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Live Virtual Outreach

Education Outreach 5

Grades K-2

Grades K-2

A fascinating classroom-setting experience led by a Georgia Aquarium educator. Each program is aligned to Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). During each session, there will either be an observable science experiment or a live animal presentation. The programs are grade-bracket specific and include a pre- and post- live session activity sheet. The live experiences will last 30-45 minutes in length.

Program Option: Grade K-2

Grades 3-5

Grades 3-5

A fascinating classroom-setting experience led by a Georgia Aquarium educator. Each program is aligned to Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). During each session, there will either be an observable science experiment or a live animal presentation. The programs are grade-bracket specific and include a pre- and post- live session activity sheet. The live experiences will last 30-45 minutes in length.

Program Option: Grade 3-5

Grades 6-8

Grades 6-8

A fascinating classroom-setting experience led by a Georgia Aquarium educator. Each program is aligned to Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). During each session, there will either be an observable science experiment or a live animal presentation. The programs are grade-bracket specific and include a pre- and post- live session activity sheet. The live experiences will last 30-45 minutes in length.

Program Option: Grade 6-8

Grades 9-12

Grades 9-12

A fascinating classroom-setting experience led by a Georgia Aquarium educator. Each program is aligned to Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). During each session, there will either be an observable science experiment or a live animal presentation. The programs are grade-bracket specific and include a pre- and post- live session activity sheet. The live experiences will last 30-45 minutes in length.

Program Option: Grade 9-12

Coming Soon!

Our new mobile classroom, the Aquanaut Express, will allow students to learn all about our changing oceans. Learn how the Aquarium conducts research to protect our marine ecosystems from changes like coral bleaching and plastic pollution. The Aquanaut Express will help instill a value of conservation through hands-on activities and provide tools to practice conservation in their everyday lives.

Payment Details

  • A non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking. The deposit will hold a specific date/time and be applied to your balance. The deposit amount varies by program type.
  • Balance is due 14 days prior to your visit. No exceptions.
  • All payments are non-refundable. Refunds will not be given for any unused portion of your order.
  • We accept school checks and all major credit cards. No personal checks.
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