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 – 11:30 a.m.) and repeat in the afternoon (1 – 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:
$12.00 per student
Parent Observer (K-2 classes only)
Predator vs. Prey | January 18
Join us on the hunt as we learn about the dynamic relationship between predator and prey. From jaws to claws and everything in between, students will discover the strategies animals use to become the hunters or avoid being hunted!
Respect the Reef | February 15
Coral reefs provide some of the most spectacular underwater landscapes in the world, but what exactly are they? Besides being colorful homes for fish, corals themselves are living animals that play an important role in aquatic ecosystems. Students will learn about their fascinating life cycles and how people can impact their fragile existence.
Engineers of the Sea | March 8
What kind of vehicle has what it takes to carry a scientist to the deepest parts of the ocean? Is it possible to explore the ocean floor using a remote control? How is robotics changing the way we make discoveries? Students will put their engineering minds to the test to solve problems, create simple machines, and learn about the technology involved in ocean exploration.
Not a Drop to Spare | April 19
How much water is used every time we brush our teeth? Take a shower? Water our lawn? Every day we take for granted the earth’s not-so endless supply of H2O. In this lesson, our students will discover what makes freshwater our most valuable resource and how our actions will ensure it will always be available for the people and animals that need it most.
Plight of the Whooping Crane | May 17
Time to whoop it up! Named for the sound it makes, the whooping crane is one of the most majestic migratory birds to pass through the Coastal Bend, yet its numbers are dwindling fast. Can our students find out what it takes to save this important endangered species and keep it passing through our aquatic backyard for years to come?