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: $11.25 per student
Aquarium admission on the same day: $6.00 per student

Learn more about Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Programs Here

AGE 4-5

Discovery Labs

NOTE: Meet and Greet the Sea and Sea Stories are 30-minutes, and booked as double programs within an hour's schedule. 16 students maximum in each 30-minute program.

Meet and Greet the Sea
The wonders of the sea will splash into the classroom as students 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. » Register Online

Sea Stories
A children's story about hermit crabs comes alive with puppets and interactive play. After listening and role-playing, students meet live hermit crabs and other shelled marine life. Live animal interaction included. » Register Online

GRADES K-2

Discovery Labs

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

Colossal Kelp
Dive into the wonderful world of kelp and meet the amazing creatures that call this underwater forest home. Students learn about the basic structure of giant kelp and discover how animals are adapted to survive in this habitat through hands-on interaction with live animals and kelp. Live animal interaction included. » Register Online

Fascinating Fish
Starfish? Jellyfish? Catfish? Rockfish? What makes a fish a fish? Through dress-up and hands-on exploration of the Pacific mackerel, students will investigate the unique characteristics of fish and learn how shape, size, and movement help them survive in their ocean habitat. Includes interaction with mackerel specimen.  » Register Online

Tide-pool Treasures
Sea urchins, hermit crabs, snails, and sea stars are just a few of the creatures that call the tide pool home. Through the use of puppets and live animals, students will explore the world of tide pools and learn how these creatures find food, protect themselves, and move about in their ever-changing tide-pool habitat. Live animal interaction included. » Register Online

Sandy Shores Grade 2 ONLY
Where does sand come from? Students will examine sand samples from all over the world, observe live animals that live in sandy habitats, and investigate how these animals find food and shelter in a constantly moving environment. Live animal interaction included. » Register Online

 

GRADES 3-5

Discovery Labs

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

Fish Diversity
Forked tails, rounded tails, pointed tails, and more! Through hands-on investigations, with fish bio-facts, students will learn about the diversity of fish teeth, fins, and coloration and how different adaptations help them survive in the sea. » Register Online

Creatures of the Kelp
Discover the largest and fastest growing algae in the seas— the giant kelp—and learn about its importance to marine organisms and humans. Students will explore a variety of animal adaptations in the kelp forest, examine animal interactions in the kelp forest food webs, and investigate different types of algae found in foods we eatLive animal interaction included. » Register Online

  Fish Dissection Grades 4-5
Examine fish inside and out. Through external examination and internal dissection of Pacific Mackerel, students will discover how a pacific mackerel swims, eats, and protects itself in the vast open ocean. Students will also discuss the similarities between human and fish systems and the important role dissections play in scientific investigation. Includes interaction with mackerel specimen.  » Register Online

Squid Dissection Grades 4-5
Through scientific observations and squid dissection, students discover the special characteristics of the phylum Mollusca, as well as the adaptations that squid use to eat, move, and protect themselves from predators. Includes interaction with squid specimen » Register Online

 

 

GRADES 6-8

Discovery Labs

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

Earth Rocks!
And it rolls! Through a combination of hands-on activities and analysis of computer models, students will explore the nature of earthquakes, how scientists pinpoint an earthquake's epicenter, and how engineers design earthquake-proof structures. » Register Online

Fish Dissection Grades 6-8
Through external and inernal dissection with the pacific mackerel as their model organism, students will determine how specific adaptations allow fish to survive in their marine environments. Students explore common characteristics of fish, as well as how fish are scientifically classified. Includes interaction with mackerel specimen. » Register Online

Squid Dissection Grades 6-8
Investigate the wild world of cephalopods, those "head-foot" animals in the phylum Mollusca. Students will dissect a common market squid exploring both external and internal anatomy while learning about squid adaptations and relationships to other cephalopods. Includes interaction with squid specimen » Register Online

 


GRADES 9-12

Discovery Labs

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

Fish Dissection 9-12
As scientists, students will use the Pacific Mackerel as their model subject to explore defining fish characteristics, scientific classification, and the crucial adaptive anatomy and physiology that allow fish to survive in a marine environment. Includes interaction with mackerel specimen. » Register Online

Squid Dissection 9-12
  Squid are not the only cephalopods lurking in the sea. Through scientific classification, students will discover the relatives of squid. They will then perform an external examination and internal dissection of a market squid to learn the similarities and differences among the classes of cephalopods, as well as hat anotomical and physiological similarities and differences squid have with humans. Includes interaction with squid specimen. » Register Online