Our outreach program brings the ocean to you.

Outreach Programs

Outreach to your school

The Aquarium Express Van can travel to your school, bringing with it the wonders of the ocean, earth, and atmosphere. Students will experience a variety of hand-on programs, all in the comfort of their own classrooms. Scroll through class descriptions below (organized by grade level).

Fee per one-hour program:
September through February: $205 per program
March through August: $235 per program
Receive a $10 discount on each multiple program booked at the same location on the same day (maximum of four programs per day).

Outreach to the beach
For those seeking an outdoor hands-on learning experience, sign up for a Beach Teach program held at the Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve (La Jolla Shores beach and Kellogg Park). Students and chaperones will explore the sandy or the rocky sea shore while learning about the amazing creatures that make these habitats their home and how we can help keep them healthy. Scroll through class descriptions below (organized by grade level).

Fee for two-hour program for grades 1 to 12:
Oct. - June: $12.50 per student
Aquarium admission on the same day: $6.00 per student

Learn more about Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Programs Here

AGE 3-5

Discovery Labs: Age 3-5

NOTE: Meet and Greet the Sea and Sea Stories are 30-minutes and booked as double programs within an hour's schedule.
Student min/max: 10 students minimum, 16 students maximum
Program Duration: Two 30-minute lessons
Chaperone Ratio: One chaperone per two students (1:2)

Sea Stories

Ages 3-4
A children's story comes alive with puppets and interactive play, with visiting live hermit crabs and other shelled ocean animals. Live animal interaction included.
NGSS: Properties and Character of Living Things, Observation and Investigation
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Meet and Greet the Sea
Ages 4-5
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.
NGSS: Properties and Characteristics of Living Things, Observation and Investigation
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GRADES K-2

Discovery Labs: K-2

Student min/max: 20 students minimum, 25 students maximum
Program Duration: 60-minute lesson
Chaperone Ratio: One chaperone per five students (1:5)

NOTE: These are 50-minute programs with one instructor, 25 students maximum per program.

Colossal Kelp
Recommended Grade: Grade K and Grade 1
Dive into the wonderful world of kelp as students learn about the kelp bed habitat and meet the amazing critters that call this underwater forest habitat home. Live animal interaction included.
NGSS: DCI: LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms, ESS3.A: Natural Resources CCC: Structure and Function, Patterns, Systems SEP: Engaging in Argument from Evidence, Constructing Explanations
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Fascinating Fish
Recommended Grade: Grade 1
What makes a fish a fish? Through dress-up and exploration of real fish, students will investigate the unique characteristics of fishes. Includes interaction with mackerel specimen. 
NGSS: DCI: LS1.A: Structure and Function, LS1.D: Information Processing CCC: Structure and Function, Patterns, Systems SEP: Engaging in Argument from Evidence, Constructing Explanations
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Sandy Shores
Grade 2 only
Students examine sand samples from all over the world, observe animals that live in sandy habitats, and investigate how these animals find food and shelter in their environment. Live animal interaction included.
NGSS: DCI: LS4.D: biodiversity and Humans, ESS1.C: The History of the Planet Earth, ESSA: Earth Materials and Systems CCC: Structure and Function; Patterns; Cause and Effect; Scale, Proportion, and Quantity; Stability and Change; Systems SEP: Engaging in Argument from Evidence, Constructing Explanations
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Tide-pool Treasures
Recommended Grades: Grade K* and Grade 1*
Students explore the world of tide pools and learn how these creatures find food, protect themselves, and move about in these dynamic habitat. Live animal interaction included.
NGSS: DCI: LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms, ESS3.A: Natural Resources CCC: Structure and Function, Patterns, Cause and Effect, Systems SEP: Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Engaging in Argument from Evidence
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GRADES 3-5

Discovery Labs: Grades 3-5

Student min/max: 20 students minimum, 36 students maximum
Program Duration: 60-minute lesson
Chaperone Ratio: One chaperone per five students (1:5)

Fish Diversity
Recommended Grades: Grade 3* and Grade 4*
Through hands-on exploration of bio-facts and specimens, students will develop an understanding of the roles that adaptations in body shape, coloration ,and teeth play in enabling fish to survive in diverse habitats.
NGSS: Gr.3 DCI: LS4.C: Adaptation CCC: Patterns, Cause and Effect SEP: Construct Explanations, Engage in Arguments from Evidence Gr.4 DCI: LS1.A: Structure and Function CCC: Patterns, Cause and Effect SEP: Constructing Explanations, engage in Arguments from Evidence
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Creatures of the Kelp
Recommended Grades: Grades 3-5
Discover the largest and fastest growing algae in the sea and learn about its importance to marine organisms and humans explorations with live animals, food webs, and the types of algae found in foods we eat.
  Live animal interaction included.
NGSS: DCI: (Gr.3) LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms, (Gr.4) LS1.A: Structure and Function, (Gr.5) LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms CCC: Energy and Matter, Systems and System Models SEP: Developing and Using Models, Analyzing and Interpreting Data
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  Fish Dissection Grades 4-5
Recommended Grades: Grade 4* and Grade 5*
Examine fish inside and out! Through external examination and internal dissection of Pacific Mackerel, students will discover the structures that help a fish to swim, eat, and protect itself in the open ocean habitat.
Includes interaction with mackerel specimen.
NGSS: Gr.4 DCI: LS1.A: Structure and Function CCC: Patterns, Cause and Effect, Structure and Function SEP: Constructing Explanations, Engaging in Argument from Evidence Gr.5 DCI: LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems LS2.B Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems CCC: Systems, Cause and Effect, Energy and Matter, Structure and Function SEP: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations, Constructing Explanations, Engaging in Argument from Evidence
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Squid Dissection Grades 4-5
Recommended Grades: Grade 4* and Grade 5*
Through scientific observations and dissection, students discover the unique characteristics that squid have to survive in an open ocean habitat
. Includes interaction with squid specimen.
NGSS: Gr.4 DCI: LS1.A: Structure and Function CCC: Patterns, Cause and Effect, Structure and Function SEP: Constructing Explanations, Engaging in Argument from Evidence Gr.5 DCI: LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems CCC: Systems, Structure and Function SEP: Construction Explanations, Engaging in Argument from Evidence
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GRADES 6-8

Discovery Labs: Grades 6-8

Student min/max: 20 students minimum, 36 students maximum
Program Duration: 60-minute lesson
Chaperone Ratio: One chaperone per five students (1:5)

Earth Rocks!
Recommended Grades: Grades 6-8
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.
NGSS: DCI: ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions, ESS3.B: Natural Hazards, ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions CCC: Patterns, Stability and Change SEP: Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
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Energy Challenge: Grade 6 and 8
Recommended Grades: Grade 6* and Grade 8*
Examine the use of natural resources for energy and the environmental impacts of human activities. Students become engineers, investigating alternative energy sources and designing solutions for the increased energy needs of a growing world.
NGSS: DCI: (Gr.6) ESS3.D: Global Climate change, (Gr. 8) ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems, (Gr. 6, 8) ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting an Engineering Problem, (Gr. 6, 8) ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions, (Gr. 6, 8) ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution CCC: Influence of Science, Engineering and Technology on Society and the Natural World; Energy and Matter SEP: Asking Question and Defining Problems, Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
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Fish Dissection Grades 6-7

Recommended Grades: Grade 6* and Grade 7
As scientists, students use the Pacific mackerel as their model subject to explore defining fish characteristics and the crucial adaptive anatomy and physiology that allow fish to survive in a marine environment. Includes interaction with mackerel specimen
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NGSS: DCI: (Gr. 6) LS1.A: Structure and Function, (Gr. 7) LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems CCC: Structure and Function, Systems, Cause and Effect SEP: Engaging in Argument from Evidence
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Squid Dissection Grades 6-7
Recommended Grades: Grade 6* and Grade 7
Students dissect a common market squid in order to explore both external and internal anatomy, while discovering the structural and behavioral adaptations that enable squid to live in the open ocean environment.
Includes interaction with squid specimen
NGSS: DCI: (Gr. 6) LS1.A: Structure and Function, (Gr. 7) LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems CCC: Structure and Function, Systems, Cause and Effect SEP: Engaging in Argument from Evidence
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Mussel Clump Diversity Grades 6-7
Recommended Grades: Grade 6*, 7
Discover the rich biodiversity of animals that make their home in the mussel clumps o the rocky shore. By taking apart a mussel clump, students learn about how these animals are classified on their unique characteristics and how they depend on one another for survival.
Includes interaction with squid specimen
NGSS: DCI: (Gr. 6) LS1.A: Structure and Function, (Gr. 7) LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems CCC: Structure and Function, Systems, Cause and Effect SEP: Engaging in Argument from Evidence
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GRADES 9-12

Discovery Labs: Grades 9-12

NOTE: These are 60-minute programs with one instructor, 36 students maximum per program. 

Energy Challenge: Grade 9-12
Recommended Grades: Grade 9-12*
Examine the use of natural resources for energy and the environmental impacts of human activities. Students become engineers, investigating alternative energy sources and designing solutions for the increased energy needs of a growing world.
NGSS: DCI: (Gr. 9-12) ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems, (Gr. 9-12) ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting an Engineering Problem, (Gr. 9-12) ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution CCC: Influence of Science, Engineering and Technology on Society and the Natural World; Energy and Matter SEP: Asking Question and Defining Problems, Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
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Fish Dissection 9-12

Recommended Grade: Grades 9-12
As scientists, students use the Pacific mackerel as their model subject to explore defining fish characteristics and the crucial adaptive anatomy and physiology that allow fish to survive in a marine environment. Includes interaction with mackerel specimen
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NGSS: DCI: (Gr. 9-12) LS1.A: Structure and Function CCC: Structure and Function, Systems, Cause and Effect SEP: Engaging in Argument from Evidence
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Squid Dissection 9-12
Recommended Grades: Grades 9-12
Students dissect a common market squid in order to explore both external and internal anatomy, while discovering the structural and behavioral adaptations that enable squid to live in the open ocean environment.
Includes interaction with squid specimen
NGSS: DCI: (Gr. 9-12) LS1.A: Structure and Function CCC: Structure and Function, Systems, Cause and Effect SEP: Engaging in Argument from Evidence.
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Mussel Clump Diversity Grades 9-12
Recommended Grades: Grades 9-12
Discover the rich biodiversity of animals that make their home in the mussel clumps o the rocky shore. By taking apart a mussel clump, students learn about how these animals are classified on their unique characteristics and how they depend on one another for survival.
Includes interaction with squid specimen
NGSS: DCI: (Gr. 9-12) LS1.A: Structure and Function CCC: Structure and Function, Systems, Cause and Effect SEP: Engaging in Argument from Evidence
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