Self-Guided Visit

Plan Your Self-Guided Visit 

Explore Birch Aquarium at your own pace without structured programming or instructors. Plan for your Self-Guided Visit and help your students make the most of this opportunity! Offered daily, year-round during regular aquarium hours. Pre-registration is required.

Field Trip Checklist

Students explore Tide Pool Plaza and get hands on with a sea anemone.



Review complete program information and policies before booking a Self-Guided Visit.

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Program Price

Self-Guided Visits are $14 per student.


Adults within the designated ratio are free of charge. The number of free chaperones is dependent on the number of paid students present on the day of your visit. ALL TEACHERS, STAFF, AND PARENTS with your group are categorized as chaperones

  • Ages 2-TK: one free chaperone per two students (1:2)
  • Grades K-12: one free chaperone per five students (1:5)

Extra chaperone tickets are available for purchase only through your group order and must be paid in one transaction. Groups must reserve all chaperone tickets in advance to guarantee admission. Due to reduced capacity, General Admission tickets are subject to availability and may not be available at the door. For any student requiring a nurse or aide, please tell our staff during check-in. Nurses and aides will not be included in the calculation of free chaperones.


Cancellations, changes, and rescheduling must be made 2 weeks in advance. You will be responsible for a fee of $50 per order if your visit is canceled or rescheduled less than 2 weeks in advance. No refunds are provided if you do not show up for your visit and you will be responsible for full payment. 

Learning Resources

Our Activity Sheets provide additional learning opportunities for you and your students as you explore on your own.

 Activity Sheets

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