School Field Trip Programs

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.

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, students are engaged in hands-on activities that promote comprehension in science, literacy and mathematics. Learn about marine invertebrates and go on the hunt for the real life inspirations for Eric Carle’s characters.

Enhances standards in life science, language arts, and math.

Preschool Teacher Guide
Kindergarten Teacher Guide

Kindergarten to Grade 2

Basic Training – An Investigation of Animal Needs

Students become first class experts on animal basic needs as they venture through the aquarium to find what food, water, shelter, air, and covering different life needs to survive. The students apply their new basic needs knowledge by constructing a simulated habitat for a fish in the aquarium.

Enhances standards in life science, earth science, and math.

Basic Training Teacher Guide

CSI – Creature Science Investigators

Students work in investigation teams and 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.

Enhances standards in life science.

CSI Teacher Guide

Grades 3 to 5

Coral Reef Life

Explore this incredibly diverse habitat by investigating the life cycle of coral. Learn how it forms the foundation of the coral reef. Become marine scientist and discover how to survey indicator species to determine the health of a coral reef habitat.

Enhances standards in life science and earth science.

Sharks! 1.0

Come face-to-face with these magnificent creatures and investigate the unique adaptations that make them the top predators. Learn the important role that sharks play in the ocean food chain and why these creatures should be respected, not feared.

Enhances standards in life science and math.

Sharks 1.0 Teacher Guide

Rivers and Lakes: Keeping our Great Lake Great

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Explore the deep interconnection that Ohio has with its freshwater systems and gain an appreciation for Ohio fish, amphibians, and reptiles. Water quality investigations and hands-on activities teach the importance of protecting our waters.

Enhances standards in life science, language arts, and math.

Aquatic Animal Adaptations

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Investigate how changes in aquatic environments affect animal life. Work in teams to investigate aquatic habitats and identify fish adaptations that allow them to thrive. Then students work in teams, using the STEM model, to create a fish to live in a specific habitat.

Enhances standards in life science, social studies, and language arts.

Grades 6 to 8

Sharks! 2.0

Come face-to-face with these magnificent creatures and investigate their unique adaptations. We’ll track a Great White shark in the ocean, and learn about the important role that sharks play in the biome and why these creatures should be respected, not feared.

Enhances standards in life science.

Sharks 2.0 Teacher Guide


Aboard the imaginary SS Moses Cleveland, tour fresh and salt water habitats on this aquatic voyage to find the earth’s biomes. Collect data to fill your logs about the aquatic homes you find. In the end compare and contrast adaptations found in the fresh and salt water biomes.

Enhances standards in life science and social studies.

AP High School and College

Marine Science Tour

Advanced placement high school science and college science classes take an in depth tour of the aquarium. Take a peek behind the scenes in this guided 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, participate in a self-guided tour of the aquarium and discover the biodiversity of aquatic life.

Outreach Programs K-3

Turtle and Tortoise

Our outreach program brings the animals to you! In this program we explore what makes turtles and tortoises similar and different, as well as many facts about why they are so special. So come out of your shell, and we’ll come out of ours.

Enhances standards in life science.

Skin and Scales

Hop, slide, slither, or crawl. No matter how far you are, these reptiles and amphibians can come to you with our Outreach program. Learn and experience up close how these animals survive in the world and how they are similar and different.

Enhances standards in life science.

All Ages!

Aquatic Trek

Take your group on an underwater adventure! Get up close and personal with seahorses and an octopus, splash around with stingrays, and travel down a 175-foot-long underwater Shark Sea Tube. This underwater adventure transports you from the north coast to the seacoast in a guided tour designed for camps and groups of all ages.Aquatic Trek Teacher Guide

Land, Lake, and River

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See historic Cleveland between the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie on Lolly the Trolley and learn how this working river grew our city, caught on fire from pollution, and became a national model for conservation efforts. Then see what’s below the water line at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium when you survey Ohio’s native aquatic life and compare the habitats of freshwater fish to oceanic life.

Custom Programs

We welcome program ideas from teachers; please contact Ray Patacca at with your suggestions.

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