Grades 9-12 Instructor-Led Programs

Our Instructor-Led programs provide focused learning opportunities where students can expand their understanding of aquatic ecosystems. Programs are aligned to Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and include a downloadable Teacher Guide with pre- and post-visit activities. Instructor-Led programs are 45 minutes in length. Groups will have the remainder of their time at the Aquarium to explore the wonders of the aquatic worlds.

Programs take place Monday-Friday and are scheduled for: 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Admission to all presentations is included with your ticket but is subject to timing and availability. We are not able to adjust instructor led program to accommodate for show times.

Annual passes are not valid for school programs.

Program Options:

Oceanic Occupations
Join us as we explore a variety of career pathways one can take to care for our animals here at Georgia Aquarium. Dive deep below our ocean waves and explore how animal care specialists, chemists, engineers, and nutritionists keep Georgia Aquarium afloat! Can you see yourself pursuing any of these careers? Let’s see if you have what it takes!

  • Essential Questions
    --If I love the sciences and learning about the natural world, what are some potential careers for me?
    --What is the relationship between individuals learning about environmental problems and their conservation attitudes, knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors?
    --What is the value of research and conservation efforts, and how has technology shaped these efforts at Georgia Aquarium and beyond?
  • Key Concepts
    --The impact of human activities on the natural world; evaluation of human activity and technology; personal passions and strengths, and careers that align with them
  • Skills
    --Ask quality questions; critically evaluate science in the media; reflect on personal passions, strengths, and career goals

Click here to download a Teacher Guide for this program. ​​​

Animal Behavior
Before animals can live in an aquarium, biologists must understand what they need and how they behave. Students will discover how the Aquarium staff maintains the health of our animals as well as the training and enrichment techniques used in the process.

  • Essential Questions
    --How do researchers observe and interpret animal behaviors?
    --What is the importance of animal training and enrichment?
  • Key Concepts
    --Observation is the best way to study and understand animal behavior. Understanding animal behavior helps to maintain animals in aquariums and to protect their populations in the wild.
  • Skills
    --Observations, asking questions, cause and effect

Click here to download a Teacher Guide for this program. ​

Sponsored Education Admissions:
Georgia Aquarium developed the Sponsored Education Admissions (SEA) program in an effort to ensure diverse audiences, regardless of economic status, have an opportunity to participate in our unique educational experiences at a reduced rate or free of charge. Through the generous contributions of local and national individuals, foundations and corporations, we are able to offer this gift to schools and nonprofit organizations operating in the state of Georgia. The availability of funds will determine the number of schools/nonprofit organizations selected to receive sponsored admission.

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