During the "Creatures of the Kelp" class, students explore kelp forest animals.

Aquarium Classes

 
Find the perfect program for your students with these one-hour classes. Select your grade level and appropriate topics. Registration is now open for the 2014-2015 school year.
Discovery Labs  offer students an opportunity to meet live animals and use scientific investigation to discover the wonders of the ocean and the world around them. Discovery Labs are taught in our classrooms from September to June, at 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fee includes aquarium admission.

2014-2015 Fees:
Pre-K     Sept.-Feb. $7.50/student     March-June $9/student
K-12      Sept.-Feb. $8.25/student     March-June $10/student
A teacher and parent chaperones are admitted free for the purpose of supervising students. The chaperone to student ratio is 1:5 for K-12 and 1:2 for Pre-K classes. Extra chaperones are $14.



GRADE PRE-K

Discovery Labs

NOTE: Pre-K programs are 30 minutes each and booked as double programs within an hour's schedule.

Meet and Greet the Sea
The wonders of the sea will splash into the classroom as students learn how different sea creatures move and survive in the ocean. Preschoolers will meet live animals and use puppets to explore body movements. » Register Online

Sea Stories
A children's story about hermit crabs comes alive with puppets and interactive play. After listening and role-playing, preschoolers meet live hermit crabs and other shelled marine life. » Register Online

10 students min./20 students max.
One chaperone required per two students.

GRADES K-2

Discovery Labs (50 minutes)

Colossal Kelp
Dive into the wonderful world of kelp and meet the amazing creatures that call this underwater forest home. Students learn about the basic structure of giant kelp and discover how animals are adapted to survive in this habitat through hands-on interaction with live animals and kelp. » Register Online

Fascinating Fish
Starfish? Jellyfish? Catfish? Rockfish? What makes a fish a fish? Through dress-up and hands-on exploration of the Pacific mackerel, students will investigate the unique characteristics of fish and learn how shape, size, and movement help them survive in their ocean habitat. » Register Online

Tide-pool Treasures
Sea urchins, hermit crabs, snails, and sea stars are just a few of the creatures that call the tide pool home. Through the use of puppets and live animals, students will explore the world of tide pools and learn how these creatures find food, protect themselves, and move about in their ever-changing tide-pool habitat. » Register Online

Sandy Shores Grade 2 only
What's going on at the beach? Students will examine sand samples from all over the world, observe live animals that call the beach home, and investigate how these animals find food and shelter in a constantly moving environment. » Register Online

20 students min./25 students max.
One chaperone required per five students.
 


GRADES 3-5

Discovery Labs (60 minutes)

Fish Diversity
Forked tails, rounded tails, pointed tails, and more! Through hands-on investigations, students will learn about the diversity of fish teeth, fins, and coloration and how different adaptations help them survive in the sea. » Register Online

Creatures of the Kelp
  Discover the largest and fastest growing algae in the sea—giant kelp—and learn about its importance to marine organisms and humans. Students will explore a variety of animal adaptations, follow paths in various food webs, meet live animals, and investigate different types of algae found in foods we eat. » Register Online

Can You Dig It?
Students become marine paleontologists as they test the properties of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks; compare fossil samples to present-day marine animals; and uncover the excitement involved in finding their own fossil to take home. » Register Online

Shark Survivor
How do sharks survive challenges of nature and those presented by humans? Students explore shark adaptations for swimming, sensing prey, and escaping predators while observing and touching a live shark to explore possible answers to these questions.  » Register Online

Inside Fish (Grades 4-5)
Discover fish inside and out! Students will explore the important role dissection plays in scientific investigation. Through external examination and internal dissection of Pacific mackerel, students will determine which adaptations allow fish to survive in their marine environments. » Register Online 

Inside Molluscs (Grades 4-5)
Through scientific observations and squid dissection, students discover the special characteristics of the phylum Mollusca, as well as the adaptations that squid use to eat, move, and protect themselves from predators. » Register Online

20 students min./40 students max.
One chaperone required per five students.

 

GRADES 6-8

Discovery Labs (60 minutes)

Fish Exploration
Explore what it takes to be a fish from the inside out. Through external and internal dissections, students discover how a Pacific mackerel swims, eats, and protects itself in the vast open ocean. » Register Online

Earth Rocks!
And it rolls! Through a combination of hands-on activities and cutting-edge technology, students will explore the nature of earthquakes, how scientists pinpoint an earthquake's epicenter, and how engineers design earthquake-proof structures. » Register Online

Squid Exploration
Investigate the wild world of cephalopods, those "head-foot" animals in the phylum Mollusca. Students will dissect a common market squid exploring both external and internal anatomy while learning about squid adaptations and relationships to other cephalopods. » Register Online

Hanging by a Thread
Is it true what they say about safety in numbers? Discover the rich diversity of animals that make their home in the mussel clumps of the rocky shore. By dissecting a mussel clump, students will learn about the major invertebrate phyla in the ocean, how these animals are classified based on their unique characteristics, and how they depend on one another for survival. » Register Online

Energy Challenge
Explore our newest exhibit Boundless Energy as you try interactive stations showing ways of generating electricity from the sun, wind, and ocean. Learn how we can power our lives in a healthy and sustainable way. » Register Online

Sharks in the Spotlight
Discover the local sharks of the Southern California Bight. Replicate shark research conducted by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography to discover why leopard sharks aggregate seasonally in La Jolla. Students will be able to examine shark biofacts and touch a live shark. » Register Online

20 students min./40 students max.
One chaperone required per five students.


 

GRADES 9-12

Discovery Labs (60 minutes)

Fish Dissection
From the outside in, students will examine how fish are adapted to their marine environments. Dissection of a Pacific mackerel will provide in-depth investigation into the unique anatomy of fish. » Register Online

Squid Dissection
Investigate the wild world of cephalopods by performing a squid dissection. Students will explore how squid move, eat, and protect themselves as well as practice important dissection skills. » Register Online

Mussel Clump Diversity
Is it true what they say about safety in numbers? Discover the rich diversity of animals that make their home in the mussel clumps of the rocky shore. By dissecting a mussel clump, students will learn about the major invertebrate phyla in the ocean, how these animals are classified based on their unique characteristics, and how they depend on one another for survival. » Register Online

Science of the Sea
So you want to be an oceanographer? Find out if you're made of the right stuff by performing experiments similar to those that oceanographers conduct every day. Students will explore sampling and exploration techniques, learn about current Scripps Oceanography research, and discover possible careers in this exciting field. » Register Online 

Energy Challenge
Explore our newest exhibit Boundless Energy as you try interactive stations showing ways of generating electricity from the sun, wind, and ocean. Learn how we can power our lives in a healthy and sustainable way. » Register Online

20 students min./40 students max.
One chaperone required per five students.