Bring your home school students to the Aquarium! Each month, September through May, the Aquarium hosts engaging STEM-based programs for home school learners in grades K-8, and 9-12 on select months. These specially designed programs will challenge and excite your learners by peaking curiosity, building critical thinking skills and encouraging creativity and hands-on exploration. Class themes are adapted to meet the developmental needs of children at their specific K-12 learning levels.

Home School programs are offered in the morning (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) and repeat in the afternoon (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.). Check-in begins 15 minutes prior to program start time. Parents/Guardians are required to sign-in their students during check-in.

  • Grades: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8; 9-12 on select months
    • K-2 programs offered at the main Aquarium (2710 N. Shoreline Blvd.)
    • 3-5 and 6-8 programs offered at SeaLab (4230 Rincon Rd)
    • 9-12 program location will vary and will be shared upon registration
  • 20 student maximum per class


We offer a few different ways to pay for Homeschool classes, including discounts for multiple children (same household) OR signing up for all an entire block of classes at one time.  Discounts cannot be combined.

Basic Student Price:

September – December:  $14.00 per month

Parent Observer (K-2 classes only)


Discount Student Prices:

  • Full Block (Sept, Oct., Nov. and Dec.)

 All grades: $48.00

Register and pay by September 15, 2016

  • Fall Sibling Discount, price is per month (Sept, Oct, Nov and/or Dec)

Two siblings, any grade: $24.00 


  • Opens August 29, 2016


Contact Rosie Gossett at 361-881-1204 or to register your students


Please note: We require paperwork for each student to ensure safety and confidence with parents and Aquarium Staff. This will include a student health card, photo release, waiver, and pick up permission slip.

Fall 2016

Saving Animals from Extinction (SAFE)    |    September 21, 2016

Join us as we “travel” around the globe exploring some of the ocean’s most threatened species. During their travels, students will investigate why these animals are endangered, what is being done by scientists, aquariums and zoos to help save them and what families can do at home to help as well. Animals investigated may include vaquita (the smallest porpoise), sharks, sea turtles, or whooping crane.

Raptors Rule!    |    October 19, 2016

From a tiny kestrel to a giant eagle, raptors are at the top of their food chain! Students will learn how to identify local raptors, compare and contrast raptor adaptations and strategies for survival and discover which natural and human-made activities can endanger our local raptor species. Students will have the opportunity to meet one of the Aquarium’s Wildflight raptors.

Fish Dissection & Fishing painting    |    November 16, 2016

K-2: Through the use of puppets and models, and hands-on (external) examination of an Atlantic Herring, students will investigate the unique characteristics of fish. They will learn how fins, color, body shape, and gills help fish survive in their ocean habitat. Students will use rubber and real fish to create Gyotaku (fish print) art.

3-8: Examine fish inside and out! Through external examination and dissection of Atlantic Herring, students will discover how a herring swims, eats, and protects itself in the vast open ocean. Students will also discuss the similarities between human and fish systems and the important role dissections play in scientific investigation. Students will use rubber and real fish to create Gyotaku (fish print) art.

Turtle Tracks     |     December 14, 2016

Students become marine biologists as they “track” a green sea turtle on its adventures across the Gulf of Mexico. During their sea turtle study, students will interpret their collected data to map where their subject traveled, hypothesis why it might have traveled there and identify dangers it faced swimming in the fast blue water of the Gulf of Mexico. Students find out the important reasons scientist track sea turtles and what equipment they use to track them. Students will observe Aquarium sea turtles via Aquavision.