Texas State Aquarium hosts engaging, STEM-based programs for homeschool learners in Grades Kindergarten – Eighth

Homeschool programs at the Texas State Aquarium offer students in Kindergarten through 8th grade the opportunity to explore science topics through hands-on activities, observation, and interactions with live animals. In the Fall of 2021, students will study specific animals and learn how they can help conserve them. All programs are aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

These specially designed programs will challenge and excite your learners by piquing curiosity, building critical thinking skills, encouraging creativity and hands-on exploration. Class themes are adapted to meet the developmental needs of children at their specific K-8 learning levels.

Program Times:  

K-2nd and 3rd-5th: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

6th-8th grade: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  

Price:  

Non-members: $20 per program 

Members: $18 per program 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

  • September 15, 2021


    Saving Sharks

    Students will investigate a variety of sharks and discover the unique ways they survive in their environments. While practicing scientific observation skills with the Texas State Aquarium’s sharks, students will discover how scientists study sharks in the wild and what we can all do to help protect sharks.

  • October 13, 2021


    Dancing Dolphins

    Discover the world of bottlenose dolphins and their relatives! Students will become cetacean experts as they investigate, observe and discuss the many strategies and adaptations dolphins use to survive in the ocean, all while observing our resident pod.

  • November 17, 2021


    Sea Turtle Tracking

    Students will become marine biologists as they “track” a sea turtle on its adventures across the Gulf of Mexico. During their sea turtle study, students will interpret their collected data, hypothesize why it might have traveled there and identify dangers it faced. Students will also meet the Aquarium’s resident sea turtles.

  • December 15, 2021


    Raptors Rule

    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, discover 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 raptor residents.

Pricing

Non-members: $20 per program 

Members: $18 per program 

To register, please fill out the Homeschool Waiver

HOMESCHOOL REGISTRATION

Registration for Homeschool programming will close at noon the day before the program is scheduled.

FAQ'S

  • Can I shadow the program?

    For the safety of all learners, we do not allow parents or siblings to shadow.  Only registered program participants may be present and participate in a Homeschool program.   

  • Can I register my child for a different grade band?

    For the best experience for all learners, you must register your child for their correct grade. 

    To register, please fill out the Homeschool Waiver

  • Do I have to register for every program?

    You can register for the full semester or simply choose the topics that your child is most interested in.  Each month’s program stands on its own, and no prior knowledge is required. 

    To register, please fill out the Homeschool Waiver

  • Who will be with my child?

    The Aquarium’s Education staff will facilitate Homeschool programs.  Instructors are trained in best practices for education, are nationally background checked annually, and are Red Cross First Aid responders. 

  • Where is drop off/pickup?

    Drop off and pickup will be located behind the Aquarium’s ticket booth under the blue tents.  In case of inclement weather, we will move to the Aquarium’s lobby. 

Contact

For questions about our Homeschool program, please feel free to reach out at the information below.  

361-654-1252 

educationservices@txstateaq.org