Field Trips and Camp-Ins

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Aquarium Programs

Explore the wonders of the Gulf of Mexico at the Texas State Aquarium. Please call (361) 881-1307 or email reserve@txstateaq.org for reservations at least two weeks in advance.

One teacher or chaperone for every ten students will be admitted free of charge; additional teachers/chaperones and college students will be charged the adult group rate. Guided programs are available for Grades 3 and up.


Self-Guided Tour (SGT) – Grades Pre-K-12
Set your own pace to explore galleries and exhibits that interest you and your students the most.
Fee: $7.25 per student
 
Aquarium Highlight Tour* – Grades 11, 12, and College
Let our specially trained education guidesshow you the highlights and what’s new at the Aquarium before you explore on your own.
Fee: $9.75 per student (price also includes self-guided tour at your own pace)
Maximum: 60 students
Time: One hour

* A special Aquarium Highlight Tour for the visually impaired is available on request.

Behind-The-Scenes – Grades 3-12
Join a member of our education staff for an up-close and personal look at how the Aquarium functions. All participants must wear closed-toed shoes.
Fee: $9.75 per student (includes SGT)
Maximum: 12 students
Time: 30 minutes

Discovering Science Programs – Grades 3-12
These programs are best suited to quiet times in and around the Aquarium, so we prefer to book them for late morning to early afternoon anytime before Spring Break. Discovering Science programs are adaptable for grades 3 and up, and Aquarium instructors can work with high school teachers to select higher level STEM skills. These programs are an excellent means for launching project-based learning activities.
Fee: $9.75 per student (includes SGT)
Maximum: 60 students
Daily Diets: Dolphins, Sharks, and Students, too!
Students will work in pairs or small teams to observe and collet data on dolphin behavior, estimate Kai and Shadow’s weight and calculate the energy in calories required by the dolphins every day. Next they’ll use dietary data to determine their own nutritional and energy requirements before comparing and contrasting with the dolphins and even the sharks!

Math skills: estimation, addition, multiplication, division, averaging, reading charts and graphs

Science concepts and skills: mass, energy, calories, work (and/or power), simple nutrition, mammal and shark adaptations 

Discovering Dolphins…
Students will design and perform their own behavioral observation study of our dolphins. This program will include field sketching activities and/or simple photography, data gathering and organization, measurement, and simple math and statistics, including the use of personal cameras and video equipment.Math skills: counting and tallies, time, basic statistics, division, multiplication, and/or graphing (can be adapted by grade level TEKS)

Science concepts and skills: visual and auditory observation and description, note taking, inference, mammal adaptations, science process skills

Reptile Research
Students will build their knowledge of animal adaptations and hone their science and math skills with up-close observations of the Aquarium’s alligators, tortoises, sea turtles, and/or snakes. Through description, drawing and/or sculpting techniques, estimation and measurement, the students will compare and contrast size, shape, proportion, and color.Math skills: estimation, measurement, size, proportion, shape, simple geometry

Science concepts and skills: visual observation and description, field sketching, inference, and reptile adaptations 

Fish Quest
Students will add to their knowledge of fish and shark adaptations and dispel common misconceptions through up-close observations of the Aquarium’s bony fishes, sharks, and rays. Through description, drawing and/or sculpting techniques, measurement and estimation, the students will compare and contrast physical characteristics including shape, size, proportion, and color, then use their observations to make inferences about behavior.

Math skills: estimation, measurement, size, proportion, shape, simple geometry

Science concepts and skills: visual observation and description, field sketching, inference, and reptile adaptations 

Click here to view descriptions of Discovering Science Programs

Explore Your Shore! – Grades 3-5
This exciting program offers a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the life that inhabits Coastal Bend shorelines. Pollution awareness and conservation are key as students explore the Aquarium’s Wetlands Walk and aid in the preservation of our own local beach!
Fee: $9.75 per student (includes SGT)
Maximum: 30 students
Time: One hour

 

SeaLab Programs


Conducted at our SeaLab facility, each hands-on program is designed for a specific age group. All programs are two hours unless otherwise noted. Please call (361) 881-1307 or email reserve@txstateaq.org for reservations at least two weeks in advance.

For an Aquarium visit and Self-Guided Tour, add $7.25 per student.

Float Your Boat – Grades 4-6
Discover what makes fish and boats float and sink as you investigate buoyancy and density. Then learn to wear a personal flotation device and test the buoyancy of a canoe.
Fee: $6.00 per student
Maximum: 30 students

Bay Bytes – Grades 5-12
Is Nueces Bay a healthy place to live? To find out, students will become marine scientists, test bay water samples, record wildlife observations, and use iPads to analyze their results!
Fee: $6.00 per student
Maximum: 30 students

The Wonderful Wetlands – Grades 9-12
Students will enjoy this opportunity to investigate flora and fauna when they take a canoe trip into a wetland. Participants must wear closed-toed shoes and be prepared to get wet and muddy. An alternate, indoor program will be provided in case of inclement weather.
Fee: $9.00 per student
Maximum: 20 students

 

Camp-in Programs


Sleep with the fishes of the deep blue sea! All camp-in programs include a pizza dinner and continental breakfast. Texas State Aquarium patches are available for an additional fee. Please call (361) 881-1307 or email reserve@txstateaq.org at least two weeks in advance.

ZZZs Under the Seas – Ages 7-18 [Leader Packet]
Experience the wonders of the deep as you spend the night in the Aquarium. Camp-in with the sharks, tarpon, and other creatures of the Gulf of Mexico! The program includes discovery tour and behind-the-scenes tours, and games. Add a dive show or creature feature for an additional fee.
Fee: $47 per person
$100 per dive show
$50 per creature feature
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Minimum: 20 people
Maximum: 75 people

Scouting Under the Sea – Ages 7-10 [Leader Packet]
Cub Scouts, this is for you! You can earn your Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop or Academic Pin. Learn about natural resources, endangered species, how animals protect themselves in the wild, and what we can do to protect them and their environments.
$47.00 per person
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Minimum: 20 people
Maximum: 75 people

Oceanography – Ages 11-18 [Leader Packet]
Learn about water properties, waves and tides, and much more during this program geared for secondary science classes and Boy Scouts interested in earning the Oceanography merit badge.
$55.00 per person
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Minimum: 20 people
Maximum: 35 students