Our education programs reinforce the Ohio Revised Science Standards, in addition to implementing Social Studies Standards and Common Core Standards. Inquiry based programs engage your students with the aquatic world from the shores of Lake Erie to the Caribbean Ocean.
New for this Fall! All of our education programs are guided by aquarium staff.
The programs listed below are offered mid-September through mid-June. If you are planning to visit the aquarium from mid-June through mid-September, please take a look at our Youth Group and Summer Programs page and scroll down to the Aquatic Trek program.
Preschool to Kindergarten
I See Sea Creatures
Beginning with a reading of Eric Carle’s A House for Hermit Crab, this program engages students in hands-on activities that promote comprehension in science, literacy and mathematics. Learn about marine invertebrates, identify habitats for various aquatic species and go on the hunt for the real life inspirations for Eric Carle’s characters.
Kindergarten to Grade 2
Basic Training – An Investigation of Animal Needs
Students become a first class expert on animal basic needs and construct a simulated habitat for a fish in the aquarium.
A series of hands-on activities about water ecology, adaptations and conservation allows students to apply their new basic needs knowledge.
CSI – Creature Science Investigators
Student investigation teams use creature case files that employ animal adaptations and basic needs as clues to help them identify creatures in four different habitats. Along the way they investigate hundreds of other aquatic critters.
Grades 3 to 5
Coral Reef (De)Construction
Explore into this incredibly diverse habitat and learn how producers and consumers do their part to keep this delicate ecosystem in balance. Investigate the life cycle of coral and learn how it forms the foundation of the coral reef – one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth.
Come face-to-face with these magnificent creatures and investigate the unique adaptations that make them the top predators of the ocean. Learn about the important role that sharks play in the survival of the underwater environment and why these creatures should be respected, not feared.
Grades 6 to 8
Come face-to-face with these magnificent creatures and investigate their unique anatomical adaptations that have been 400 million years in the making. Learn about the important role that sharks play in the survival of their aquatic biome and why these creatures should be respected, not feared.
AP High School and College Life Science
Marine Science Tour
Advanced placement high school science and college science classes tour the aquarium with a professional aquarist. Take a peek behind the scenes and participate in an in depth guided aquarium tour. Investigate the biodiversity of aquatic creatures and how we care for them at the Aquarium.
Cleveland’s Cuyahoga Connection
College students learn how the aquarium was built in a historic building then investigate how the Cuyahoga River has influenced conservation and the city of Cleveland. Finally, they participate in a self-guided tour of the aquarium and discover the biodiversity of aquatic life.
We welcome program ideas from teachers; please contact Ray Patacca at email@example.com with your suggestions.
To schedule your visit please call the Education Department at (216) 862-8803 ext. 118 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Plan at least two hours for your visit. For pricing and additional information please see the Booking Information page.
For questions please contact our Education Coordinator, at email@example.com or 216.862.8803 ext. 118