Seattle Aquarium Public Programs

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Beach Naturalist

Stroll along almost any local beach during low tide and you’ll see that the shore is alive! Explore local beaches with Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists and discover fascinating creatures. This is a free, family-friendly, drop-in program—no registration necessary!

A group of young children, part of the Seattle Aquarium Marine Summer Camp program, looking at a tidepool habitat at the Aquarium.
Marine Summer Camp

We are excited to invite campers to explore the aquatic world with us here at the Aquarium this summer. During each five-day week, campers will participate in many different fun games and activities, get to know the animals that call the Aquarium home and learn how to protect our one world ocean. 

A young child holding a magnifying glass to look at a shell.
Toddler Time

Toddler Time is back! This drop-in program is free with Aquarium admission and offers a variety of learner-centered, developmentally age-appropriate, hands-on activities for young children. Toddler Time is hosted on select Sundays and Mondays, for children ages 5 and under and their parents/caregivers.

Salmon swimming in a river.
Cedar River Salmon Journey

Join volunteer naturalists at the Ballard Locks June through September, and again along the Cedar River in October, to see salmon! Learn about our local salmon, the challenges they face and how you can help keep these special creatures coming back to the river where they were born.

A large sea star clinging to a rock during low tide.
Seattle Aquarium Marine Science Club

The Seattle Aquarium is proud to host this free, online, drop-in club for teens in grades 9–12 who are interested in and passionate about marine conservation. 

The club will meet online every Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm, with a monthly in-person meeting focused on a fun conservation activity.  

Seattle Aquarium Youth Ocean Advocate teen volunteers interacting with a young Seattle Aquarium guest.
Youth Ocean Advocates

We’re looking for passionate young people who have an interest in learning about the ocean and will work to inspire others to take conservation action.

Seattle Aquarium Education programs

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Distance learning

Seattle Aquarium programming is designed to enhance your school curriculum with digital learning opportunities. Meet our educators through video conferencing to experience online versions of some of our most popular in-person programs.

Teachers, register today for access to this special programming for your students.

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On-site Classes

Add an exciting and educational class on a variety of marine ecosystems to your class’s visit to the Seattle Aquarium! Educators will guide your class through an animal-filled experience in our Aquarium Classrooms.

Teachers, register today for this experience which helps support learning standards and ocean literacy.

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Outreach Programs

Bring the Seattle Aquarium Education team to you! Our educators offer a variety of programs that they bring to your classroom, after-school program, or other organizational space.  Register today to have a Seattle Aquarium experience in your own classroom!

Sign on the beach to promote empathy: "I don't have a face but I'm still an animal"
Fostering empathy for wildlife

The Seattle Aquarium has embraced empathy for animals as a key motivator for Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment. Through grant-funded initiatives, we’ve laid the groundwork for best practices, enhanced visitor programming and promoted industry interest in principles for empathy for animals. 

Teacher resources

Resources to help teachers share the wonder of the marine environment with your students for use at the Seattle Aquarium or in your classroom.

Community Partner Connections Program

The Seattle Aquarium aims to be inclusive and welcoming to all, and believes that our audience should reflect the diversity of our region. Toward that end, the Seattle Aquarium Connections program provides complimentary admission tickets and discounted memberships through community partner organizations.

The goal of the Seattle Aquarium Connections program is to provide opportunities to experience the Aquarium to those in our community who might otherwise experience barriers to engaging with us. To support our mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, we hope to create authentic, mutually beneficial relationships that build trust between the Aquarium and our partner communities and provide quality, culturally relevant marine conservation educational experiences to all.