School Field Trip Programs

Preschool to Kindergarten

I See Sea Creatures

After hearing author Eric Carle’s A House for Hermit Crab, an Aquarium tour reveals the real-life animals that inspired the tale’s characters. You even have the opportunity to touch real invertebrates like urchins, snails and sea stars. [90 min]

Enhances standards in life science, science inquiry and language arts

Turtle & Tortoise

Meet turtles and tortoises from around the globe and discover what makes them unique. Touch the shells of a turtle and a tortoise during a live animal encounter exclusively for your class. Listen to a tortoise tale and create a tortoise craft to take home. [60 min]

Enhances standards in life science and science inquiry

Kindergarten to Grade 2

Basic Training – Habitats & Needs

Find out what different animals need to survive on this aquarium adventure. Investigate both freshwater and saltwater to discover how habitats provide animals with the food, water, shelter and oxygen they need.  Compare Lake Erie to the Atlantic Ocean and identify key living and non-living factors in these unique aquatic habitats. [90 min]

Enhances standards in life science and science inquiry

CSI – Creature Science Investigators

Investigate how living things have adaptations to help them get oxygen, find food, use water and seek shelter.  Discover why fish have whiskers, sharks and eels have sharp teeth, seahorses camouflage, and turtles have shells.  Learn which animals breathe with lungs and which breathe with gills, and observe hundreds of amazing animal adaptations on a scavenger hunt through aquatic habitats. [90 min]

Enhances standards in life science and science inquiry

Grades 3 to 5

Aquatic Food Chains

Why do catfish have whiskers? Do sharks and stingrays have similar teeth? How can an octopus escape a predator?  Find out how adaptations help prey survive and predators catch their meal. Examine what and how aquatic producers, herbivores, carnivores and omnivores eat. Discover how humans fit into the food chain too! [90 min]

Enhances standards in life science and science inquiry

Sharks! 1.0

Investigate one of the ocean’s top predators and discover what adaptations help them survive.  Learn how shark scientists from the Ocearch research group tag and track sharks in the wild.  Compare shark teeth to other fish and examine how teeth are specialized for different foods.  Consider the important role sharks play in the ocean’s food chain and learn how these animals should be revered, not feared. [90 min]

Enhances standards in life science and science inquiry

Aquatic Animal Adaptations

Investigate how differences in aquatic environments affect animal life and identify unique adaptations that allow fish to thrive in different habitats. Discover how eels hide, sharks swim constantly, and catfish find food in murky water. Take notes in a student research notebook along the way. (Optional: Work in teams and build a fish to live in a specific habitat using the STEM model.)

• With the build-a-fish option [2.5 hrs]
• Without the build-a-fish option [90 min]

Enhances standards in life science, science inquiry and language arts

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Rivers & Lakes

Explore the Cuyahoga River as a water quality scientist.  Learn how the river changed over time and how people use the river today.  Make observations about the river’s color and smell, look for wildlife and help determine if the river is healthy or polluted.  Most importantly, discover how people can help make our river better for the future. [90 min]

Enhances standards in life science, science inquiry and social studies

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Grades 6 to 8

Sharks! 2.0

Become a shark savvy scientist by investigating the sharks and rays in our gallery and around the globe.  Discover how sharks play a critical role in the ocean ecosystem, how sharks differ from other fish, and how sharks use unique adaptations like specialized teeth and electroreception to survive.  Find out how you and others can help with shark conservation. [90 min]

Enhances standards in life science and science inquiry

Ecosystem Expedition

From the Great Lakes to the Atlantic coral reefs, the earth is full of diverse aquatic ecosystems. Collect data on biotic and abiotic factors like water temperature, salinity, plant life and aquatic animals, while observing how these components interact.  Discover how aquatic animals have adapted to survive in different habitats across the globe. [90 min]

Enhances standards in life science, science inquiry and social studies

River Explorers

Explore the connection between Cleveland’s industrial history and the water quality of the Cuyahoga River.  During a water quality lab, test the river for dissolved oxygen, pH, phosphorous, nitrogen and turbidity.  Investigate pollution sources like farm and urban runoff before proposing a plan to further improve our river’s health. [2 hrs]

Enhances standards in life science, science inquiry, math and social studies

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What’s Inside a Squid?

Take an Aquarium tour to classify marine invertebrates according to body symmetry, ecological niches and other external characteristics. Then, dissect a squid to identify its organ structure and function, and learn how these organs, tissues and cells help the squid to survive in its habitat. [90 min]

Enhances standards in life science and science inquiry

High School, AP and College

Water Quality Scientists

Explore the connection between Cleveland’s industrial past and water quality of the Cuyahoga River. Complete a water quality lab to determine turbidity, pH, dissolved oxygen, phosphate, and nitrate levels. Analyze your data using graphs and compare your data to historic water quality trends. Tour the Aquarium’s galleries for a closer look at native aquatic species and discover why conservation of local water is so important. [2 hrs]

Enhances standards in biology, environmental science, science inquiry, math and social studies

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Marine Science Tour

Take an in-depth, guided tour of our exhibits to investigate the biodiversity of aquatic life.  Then, meet the Aquarium curation team behind-the-scenes to learn what it takes to keep our animals thriving.  Learn about the exhibit filtration systems and the challenges and rewards of caring for aquatic life. Discover how science, math and engineering all play a part in aquarium operation. [2 hrs]

Enhances standards in biology, chemistry, environmental science and science inquiry

All School Ages!

Aquatic Trek

Explore the world’s lakes, rivers and oceans without getting your feet wet. See seahorses, corals, eels, sharks, catfish, turtles, piranha and hundreds of other aquatic animals.  Touch stingrays and marine invertebrates in our coastal boardwalk gallery, watch sharks swim overhead in our 175-foot-long seatube and view jellies in our building’s historic smokestack.  Curiosity is encouraged.  Biodiversity scavenger hunt available. [75 min]

Enhances standards in life science and science inquiry

Custom Programs

We welcome program ideas from teachers; please contact Erin Bauer at ebauer@greaterclevelandaquarium.com with your suggestions.

To schedule your visit please call the Education Department at (216) 862-8803 ext. 7703 or email at education@greaterclevelandaquarium.com. 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 education@greaterclevelandaquarium.com or 216.862.8803 ext. 7715.