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

Aquarium Classes

 
Find the perfect program for your students with these  30-minute, 50-minute and 60-minute classes. Select your grade level and appropriate topics. Registration is now open for the 2015-2016 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 28, 2015 to June 7, 2016. Fee includes aquarium admission.

Discovery Lab Timeslots:
9:30-10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m.-12 p.m.
12:30-1:30p.m.

2015-2016 Fees:
Ages 4-5 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 Ages 4-5 classes. Extra chaperones are $14.



AGES 4-5

Discovery Labs

NOTE: Ages4-5 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. Live animal interaction included. » 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. Live animal interaction included. » Register Online

10 students min./16 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.  Live animal interaction included. » 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. Includes interaction with mackerel specimen. » 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. Live animal interaction included. » 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. Live animal interaction included. » 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. Live animal interaction included. » 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. Interaction with live animal and animal specimen included. » Register Online

Sensational Sharks
Come explore the 6 senses that make sharks one of the most unique and fascinating fish in our oceans. Students will explore the differences and similarities between sharks and bony fish and discover the adaptations that have helped these amazing animals thrive in the oceans for more than 400 million years. Live animal interaction included. » Register Online

Fish Dissection (Grades 4-5)
Examine fish inside and out! Through external examination and dissection of Pacific Mackerel, students will discover how a Pacific Mackerel swims, eats, and protects itself in the vast open ocean. Students will also discuss the similarities between human and fish systems and the important role dissections play in scientific investigation. Includes interaction with mackerel specimen. » Register Online 

Squid Dissection (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. Interaction with squid specimen. » Register Online

20 students min./36 students max.
One chaperone required per five students.

 

GRADES 6-8

Discovery Labs (60 minutes)

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

Fish Dissection
Through external and internal dissection with the Pacific Mackerel as their model organisms, students will determine how specific adaptations allow fish to survive in their aquatic environments. Students explore common characteristics of all fish, as well as how fish are scientifically classified. Includes interaction with mackerel specimen. » Register Online

Squid Dissection
Investigate the wild world of cephalopods, those "head-foot" animals in the phylum Mollusca. Students dissect a Common Market Squid exploring both external and internal anatomy while learning about squid adaptations and relationships to other cephalopods. Includes interaction with squid specimen. » Register Online

Mussel Clump Diversity
Observe the rich biodiversity of animals that make their home within the mussel clumps of the rocky shore. By taking apart a cluster of mussels, students will learn about the major invertebrate phyla in the ocean, how these animals are classified on their unique characteristics, and how they depend on one another for survival in a harsh and changing environment.  Live animal interaction included. » Register Online

Sharks in the Spotlight
Why do Leopard Sharks gather off the beach in La Jolla? Students will learn what it takes to be shark scientists as they replicate actual shark research conducted by Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers. Students will also examine shark biofacts and touch a live shark. Live animal interaction included. » Register Online

Energy Challenge
Where does our electricity come from? Through class demonstrations and hands-on experimentation, students will explore different sources and forms of energy, as well as discover differences between renewable and non-renewable sources. » Register Online

20 students min./36 students max.
One chaperone required per five students.


 

GRADES 9-12

Discovery Labs (60 minutes)

Fish Dissection
As scientists, students will use teh Pacific Mackerel as their model subject to explore defining fish characteristics, scientific classification, and the crucial adaptive anatomy and physiology that allow fish to survive in an aquatic environment. Includes interaction with mackerel specimen. » Register Online

Squid Dissection
Squid are not the only cephalopods lurking in the sea. Through scientific classification, students will discover the squid's relatives. They will then perform an external and internal dissection of a market squid to learn the similarities and differences among the classes of cephalapods, as well as what anatomical and physiological similarities and differences squid have with humans. Includes interaction with squid specimen » Register Online

Mussel Clump Diversity
  Discover the rich biodiversity of animals that make their home in the mussel clumps of the rocky shore. By taking apart a mussel clump, students will learn about and count the major invertebrate phyla in the ocean, and how these animals are classified based on their unique characteristics, and how they depend on one another for survival. Live animal interaction included. » Register Online

Energy Challenge
Explore our Boundless Energy exhibit 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./36 students max.
One chaperone required per five students.