Whether you choose a self-guided visit, an interactive boat trip, or one of our standards-based programs, we can help give your students an unforgettable experience.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more on scheduling this amazing experience for your students.
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