All package levels include 1 complimentary chaperone admission per 10 student admissions
All visits are self-guided and must be booked two weeks prior to arrival.
Package Add-On Option Details
Choose 1 of the below Learning Adventures
All About Penguins (PreK-12)
Come waddle and learn about everyone’s favorite tuxedo-clad bird! Meet six of the 18 different species of penguins on site. Learn why penguins are black and white, understand how dedicated they are to their family and realize how many penguins need our help preserving their species and habitat. Expand your students’ experience by using All About Penguins to explain deeper concepts such as adaptation, ecosystems, evolution, conservation and pollution.
Serious about Sharks (Prek-12)
This class with focus on sharks! Learn the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE and WHY of sharks. Learn what they eat, why they have adapted, where they live – and so much more! Understand that sharks are not as scary or mean as most people think and learn how they achieved this bad boy reputation Expand your students’ understanding by using Serious About Sharks to delve deeper into concepts such as adaptation, ecosystems, evolution, conservation and pollution.
Scales and Tails: Reptiles! (Prek-12)
Alligators, snakes and turtles… oh my! These scaly critters are our cold-blooded friends. Learn what it means for a reptile to be cold-blooded and understand that many reptiles are not as scary as they seem. Realize why conservation programs for these animals are important. You also have the opportunity to touch some of our scaly friends!
Turtle Time (Prek-12)
Turtles and tortoises are often grouped together and the names are used interchangeably for the same animal. In this class we talk all about the actual differences between turtles and tortoises and touch on some simple conservation practices that you can do to help protect these amazing animals. We also talk specifically about each species of turtle or tortoise that we bring and the basic facts about each animal. There is an opportunity to touch each turtle and tortoise that is out with us!
Croc Talk (Prek-12)
Here we talk about what it means to be a reptile as a precursor to the more in depth conversation about crocodiles, alligators, gharials, and caiman. You’ll learn the differences between each species and in the end be able to tell them apart with just a glance! We use animal artifacts in this program which includes skulls of crocodiles, alligators, and gharials, a poster of all the different species of crocodilians and figurines to show morphology. You also have the opportunity to touch one of our live gators!
Choose 1 of the below additional experiences
Backstage Animal Experience (K-12)
Step behind the scenes to see how our professionals and volunteers care for thousands of marine animals and a million gallons of salt and fresh water. This 30-minute experience will allow your students to see our Shark Tank, Coral Reef Tank and Amazon River Tank from the top down and each tour will include a hands-on meeting with one of the animals from our public-education collection.
Career Talk (9-12)
Students will explore the diverse career opportunities and professional fields of study within the aquarium. See what the professionals are up to as you go behind the scenes in this guided tour. This experience also includes up close animal encounters!
Shore Gallery Tablet Program (3rd-8th Grade) – limit of 50 students
Want something a little more “hands-on” for your class? During this 45 minute program, students will meet (and touch!) a live American alligator and then participate in a fun and exciting technology experience that is guided by our Samsung tablets. This program is focused in our “Shore Gallery” exhibit where students will learn about sea turtles, sharks, archer fish, sea stars and more! All with the help of our tablets!
Each level 4 package receives 1 Penguin Encounter Admission
You are invited inside The Penguin House, the backstage home of our African penguins. During this exclusive 20-minute encounter, you will talk with one of our Animal Experience Specialists who handle these adorable birds. Watch up close as the penguins waddle, wiggle and shake their tails. You get to take pictures of the penguins, and maybe even touch one! These penguins are from a temperate environment, so no coats are needed.
Educator Annual Passes
Did you know that Educators can get a discounted Annual Pass with field trip registration for just $12? Bring a valid staff ID when your group arrives to purchase. Call (859) 815-1423 for more information.
School rates valid Monday - Friday during school year only. School rates will not be available from June 20th, 2016 through August 1st, 2016.