Homeschool Programs

Homeschool Wednesday Programs 2015-2016

This year, each home school Wednesday offers 2 simultaneous sessions:
10:00am to 1:00pm (grades K-3)
10:00am to 1:00pm (grades 4-8)

• Both sessions focus on the same topic (listed below), and contain unique activities appropriate to each age category.
• Families are welcome to bring a packed lunch and eat in our group lunch area after the program.
• Home school program covers admission for the entire day; please feel welcome to explore the aquarium on your own after the program.

September 23, 2015: Loving Our Lake

What’s that green stuff in the lake and how did it get there? Kick off the year with us along the shore of Lake Erie at Edgewater Beach State Park. Test the water quality, learn about algal blooms, discover the source of pollution, and help us clean up the beach. This session meets at Edgewater Park Beach (not GCA). This beach clean-up is part of the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-A-Beach™ program, Coastweeks, and Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup.

October 28, 2015: Invading the Great Lakes

Zebra mussels, Algae, Asian Carp, and Sea Lamprey galore! Learn what makes invasive species so successful and why native species are struggling to survive. Dissect a tube of toothpaste to find out how microplastics affect the lake, and formulate a plan to help maintain a healthy lake habitat.

November 24 & 25, 2015: Life on the Edge
*November 25 is sold out

Explore the incredible biodiversity of a tide pool ecosystem. Interact with invertebrates in our brand new touch pool exhibit! Investigate invertebrate adaptations like tentacles, tube feet, ejecting organs, and venomous spines to find out how these unique organisms survive. Grades 4-8 will dissect a squid!

December 16, 2015: Sharks

Come face-to-face with these magnificent creatures and investigate the unique adaptations that make them apex predators. Learn the important role sharks play in the ocean ecosystem and why these animals should be revered, not feared.

January 27, 2016: Crazy Cool Corals

What is a coral anyway? How do those huge reefs form? Why are there so many colors? Are corals important to people? Journey though our amazing coral reef ecosystems to investigate the answers to these questions. Learn about coral animals and the hundreds of biotic species they support. End the session by building an edible coral polyp snack.

February 24, 2016: Ocean Exploration

Our world ocean is still largely unexplored. Dive deep with us to see what technology scientists use for exploration, how new species are discovered, and some of the challenges scientists face. Explore ROVs, dive equipment, and more.

March 23, 2016: What’s for Lunch?

Everyone has to eat! Discover how aquatic animals are uniquely adapted to find their food in their habitats. Journey though the trophic levels of several aquatic food chains and track the transfer of energy. Compare carnivores to reef grazers, benthic dwellers, and more. Learn how people play a part in these food chains too.

March 3, 2016 (Thursday): Aquatic Career Day

Wonder what it takes to become an aquarist? A diver? A research scientist? An aquarium tour guide? Join us for a question and answer session to learn about several different aquatic careers. Recommended for grades 8-12. One session 10:00am-11:30am.

Program Fees

K-3rd grade: $6/person (pass holders); $8/person (non-pass holders)
4th – 8th grade: $8/person (pass holders); $10/person (non-pass holders)

Additional Information: One adult is required for each reservation and will be charged the same price as their child. Additional adults are $15.95 per person. Program fees include all day admission into the aquarium for the date of your scheduled visit.

Our home school programs are designed for school age students and their parent/teacher. Although these programs are not designed for preschool age children, we understand that at times it is necessary that preschool age children accompany older siblings. We offer reduced Aquarium admission for preschool age children ages 2 to 4 when they are accompanying a homeschool sibling for a program ($10.00). Advance purchase is required to receive this discounted price. If your family has an annual pass, younger siblings are free.

Make a Reservation

Register here. Nonrefundable program fees are due at the time of registration.
For questions please call us at (216) 862-8803 X 7720 or email