School Admission Rates


*Preschool and Kindergarten groups receive a 1:5 ratio of free chaperones. All others receive a 1:10 ratio of free chaperones.​

Make a reservation by calling Guest Services. If you have questions please contact the School & Youth Programs office.

Onsite Programs

Our SOL-based onsite programs can easily be added to your field trip. Use the links below for more information about the programs available for your grade level.​

  • 30-minute session for up to 30 students per session
  • Features live animal, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and interactive discussions.
  • per student | $12 Aquarium admission + $4 program fee

After selecting a program, if you have further questions or are ready to book a program, please contact our School & Youth Program Specialist.

Available Programs

Things that Slither and Slime
Discover the different ways animals slither, swim, and strut through activities and a story.
Foundation Block: 1, 3, and 5; Science SOLs: K.1, K.6, and K.7; English SOLs: K.1, K.2, and K.3

Turtle Talk
Learn all about turtles through stories, games, and hands-on experiences.
Foundation Block: 1, 3, and 5; Science SOLs: K.1, K.4, K.6, and K.7; English SOLs: K.1, K.2, and K.3

Life Cycles (PreK-2nd)
Act out the life cycles of a butterfly and frog, match animals and their eggs, and learn about how animals change as they grow.
Science SOLs: K.9, 2.4, 3.8

Habitats & Adaptations (3rd-8th)
Test your own adaptation skills, practice animal adaptations that help them survive in the wild, and adapt classmates to live in different habitats.
Science SOLs: 3.4, 3.5, 4.5, 5.6, 6.7, LS.9

Compare & Contrast Animal Groups (2nd-6th)
Explore the five classes of vertebrate animals – Fish, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles, and Amphibians by examining real biofacts and meeting two animal ambassadors to compare.
Science SOLs: 2.5, 3.6, 4.5, 5.6, 6.7

Training & Care (K-12th)
Learn about the many ways the Virginia Aquarium cares for its animal through training and enrichment. Explore the tools of the trade and learn how you can incorporate training and enrichment with your own pets.

Field Trip Guide


Self-guided activities to help lead students through the exhibit areas. ​

Open and print our convenient Aquarium map

Onsite Programs

Downloadable Information

Download the current available onsite program information.

Dolphin Discoveries

Observe bottlenose dolphins, Virginia’s most common marine mammal, up-close during this ocean excursion. Students will delve further into dolphin behaviors and marine mammal conservation. Biofacts and other visual aids add a hands-on element to the trip.

Whales & Wildlife

Did you know that large whales visit the coast of Virginia each winter? Educators will share three decades' worth of knowledge, research, and experience with our local whales and wildlife. During this incredible tour, students will search out whales, dolphins, seals, and seabirds highlighting the diversity just off our coastline.

Ocean Collections

Students will have the opportunity to assist in the collection of fish, invertebrates, and plankton using the same tools and methods as marine scientists. Observation and investigation help students identify adaptations that marine animals possess to survive their special habitat. This is our most interactive tour!

Seal Spotting Boat Tour

Seals are frequent visitors to this area when the water temperatures drop, although their favorite haul-out spots can make them difficult to see. Catch eye-level observations while learning about the species that frequent our waters as well as the most recent research conducted by the Virginia Aquarium’s Stranding Response Team.

More Questions?

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more on scheduling this amazing experience for your students.

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