Instructor-Led Program

Our engaging instructor-led programs provide focused learning opportunities where students can ask questions, collaborate and problem solve with the guidance of our Georgia Aquarium Educators.

Please see below for information and details on our Grade 9-12 Instructor-Led Programs:

  • Oceanic Occupations
  • Animal Behaviors
  • Alien Extremes
  • Oceanography

Oceanic Occupations

Students will explore a variety of career pathways one can follow here at Georgia Aquarium. Dive deep beneath the waves and explore how animal care specialists, chemists, engineers, nutritionists and many other important positions work together to keep the Aquarium afloat!


Georgia Standards of Excellence/ CTAE 

  • SZ5. Students will evaluate the relationships between humans and other animals.
  • SSPFL4. Evaluate alternatives for life after high school, including college, technical school, internships, working, military, taking a “gap year”, traveling, or other options.


Next Generation Science Standards

  • HS-ETS1 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.

Animal Behaviors

In order to properly care for animals in an aquarium or zoo, animal care staff must understand what animals need and how they behave. Students will discover how training and enrichment techniques, influenced by psychology, supports animal care, management and helps the veterinary staff understand the health of the animals better!


Georgia Standards of Excellence/ CTAE 

  • SZ5. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to analyze the relationship between humans and animals within various phyla.
  • AFNR-VS-16 Critique animal behavior through observation and draw conclusions on the interaction with other animals, humans and environments.
  • AFNR-VS-8 Critique the various regions of an animal’s body and the signs of illness that may be present.


Next Generation Science Standards:

  • HS-LS2-8 Evaluate the evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species’ chances to survive and reproduce.

Alien Extremes

The world is filled with strange and mysterious organisms known as extremophiles, but our planet may not be the only place to harbor such fascinating life forms. Join us as we uncover the mysteries of some of Earth’s most intriguing organisms and learn why scientists think our planet may not be the only one, they call home.


Georgia Standards of Excellence/CTAE:

  • SAST6. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to discuss how the past, current, and future explorations of space impact our investigations of the connections between cosmic phenomena and conditions necessary for life.
  • SB5. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to assess the interdependence of all organisms on one another and their environment.
  • SMI7. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to analyze the impact of microorganisms in the environment and their uses in biotechnology, agriculture, and industry.


Next Generation Science Standards:

  • HS-LS4-4. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.


The ocean is one of the most amazing places in the entire Earth yet remains largely unexplored.  Students will discover how the study of the oceans started, why it is so important for us to study the ocean and some of the challenges that oceanographers face as they attempt to understand more about our oceans.


Georgia Standards of Excellence/ CTAE 

  • SO1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how and why humans explore our ocean.
    • A. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information that compares historical and modern motivations for ocean exploration and methods of exploration.
  • SO3. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to model the flow of energy in the ocean.
    • B. Ask questions to compare the relative role of photosynthesis and chemosynthesis in oceanic biologic productivity and describe the oceanic realms in which each mode of primary production occurs. (Clarification statement: Distinguish between photosynthesis and chemosynthesis in ocean organisms.)


Next Generation Science Standards

  • HS-ESS2-4. Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
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