All programs are hands-on, giving participants the chance to interact with various materials & many programs include the chance to meet a live animal! An aquarium instructor will lead the program & engage participants in a memorable learning experience based on topics in marine biology. Aquarium Outreach is an exciting way to learn how life on land is connected to life in the water. Aquarium Outreach is perfect for 3K & Pre-K, Schools, After-school programs & Libraries! We require a minimum of 2 programs to book, but exceptions may be made.
Events & Fairs: Aquarium Outreach team is available to be a part of your event or fair. For $450 we can be present for up to 2 hours at your event & include interactive activities & biofacts themed to your needs. Your facility must provide a table & tent, if outdoors.
Please call 800-433-4149 to discuss details of how we can be involved in your event.
45 Minute Programs
3K - Pre-K
Open up a world of discovery with an introduction to our favorite place, the ocean! Students will explore what the ocean is, what lives in the ocean, and how animals survive there with their unique features. We will bring the beach to you as we engage in tactile experiences with salt water, sand, sea weed, biofacts and a live ocean animal.
3K - Pre-K
Let’s get chummy with some of our New York City neighbors - sharks! Students will explore shark bio-facts to learn about their special adaptations for survival, find out what sharks like to eat in the wild, and brainstorm ways we can safely share our ocean habitat with these jaw-some predators. Your students will meet a live aquatic invertebrate.
3K - Pre-K
Art and science come together in this program where students create watercolor paintings of marine wildlife and habitats. Together we will draw inspiration from past depictions of nature, make observations of bio-facts and a live animal, and then create art of our own. Take your painting and share your new-found knowledge of marine animals through your own story!
60 Minute Programs
K - 5th
Join us for an exploration of incredible coral reef habitats! Find out why corals & the reefs they form are important homes for fish & many other aquatic animals. Discover the diversity of life on the reef as we investigate biofacts, meet a live reef animal, & learn about our role in helping to keep these wild places healthy & safe.
K - 5th
Dive underwater to explore the North American kelp forest habitat. While exploring one of the most diverse ecosystems on our planet, your students will learn about the dynamic relationships the animals that live here share with one another & their habitat. Students will study the unique connection between sea urchins & sea otters as they examine biofacts from these animals & the kelp they call home. Your students will meet a live aquatic invertebrate.
Mysteries in the Midnight Zone
K - 5th
Dive deep into the midnight zone as we explore this hidden ocean habitat & the mysterious animals that live there. We start our journey almost 100 years ago when explorers boarded the Bathysphere to descend 3,028 feet into the deep. Following their expedition, your students examine microscopic animal adaptations, meet a live aquatic invertebrate, create our own deep sea inspired works of art that glow in the dark!
4th - 5th
Uncover what is causing climate change today and how it is affecting local habitats around New York City. Investigate scientific data to see how our climate compares to historic changes, meet a local species reliant on cues from the environment, and leave knowing how to be active stewards in a coastal community.
2nd - 3rd
The Amazon Rainforest in South America is home to the incredible Amazon River & some amazing aquatic creatures. Discover the unique adaptations of the animals that rely on the river for their survival. Exploration of biofacts, geography, & rainforest products will help us understand the importance of the rainforest for wildlife & humans. This program does not include a live animal encounter.
Making Waves: Climate Change
3rd - 5th
Uncover what is causing climate change today & how it is affecting local habitats around NYC. Investigate scientific data to see how our climate compares to historic changes, meet a local species reliant on cues from the environment, & leave knowing how to be active stewards in a coastal community.
6th - 8th
Wildlife surrounds our city, in our waters & along our coastline. Discover with us a wild NYC that flourishes within our coastal habitats through exploring biofacts, meeting a live animal, & creating a naturalist journal. This program will give your students the foundation they need to conduct their own field study or become a community scientist in the natural habitats hidden within our urban landscape.