Field Trips

Texas State Aquarium offers a variety of innovative experiences that compliment classroom curriculum, align with grade specific TEKS concepts and process skills, and promote STEM exploration.

School Programs are designed specifically for K-12 students visiting the Aquarium and its local marine environs. Students will be immersed in hands-on STEM activities that promote investigation, critical thinking and creativity.

Plan and book your visit today! Please register for programs at least two weeks in advance. For more information or to register, please call (361) 881-1201 or email educationprograms@txstateaq.org.

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  • For Teachers/Chaperones

    Planning Your Visit

    Please call (361) 881-1201 or email educationprograms@txstateaq.org for reservations at least two weeks in advance. Be sure to have a first and second choice date for your visit, as programs and dates can fill up quickly.

    One chaperone (teacher/parent) per every ten students will be admitted free of charge to provide support, guidance and behavior supervision for students while at the Aquarium. Chaperones are expected to communicate and enforce Aquarium etiquette/behavioral guidelines to their students before and during the Aquarium visit. Additional adult chaperones will each be charged the adult group rate of $15.50 from September through February and $17.50 from March through August.

    Aquarium etiquette/behavioral guidelines:

    -Have a great day learning, exploring and sharing your experience with friends and classmates.
    -Ensure that all students read and sign the Texas State Aquarium Behavioral Agreement prior to your visit.
    -Stay with assigned chaperones/students at all times during the visit.
    -Be courteous of other visitors and groups by walking, using “inside voices,” and sharing space at or in front of exhibits or shows.
    -Stay on marked sidewalks and pathways and behind all railings and fences.
    -Avoid tapping or knocking on exhibit windows or glass, as it disturbs the animals.
    -Touch only the animals labeled as “touchable” or where you are invited to touch by an Aquarium instructor.
    -Please do not bring outside food, drinks, or gum into the Aquarium.

     Plan a Pre-Visit

    Visit the Aquarium before you book your program or class visit and get in free! Check out the newest exhibits, plan your route and preview the Wild Flight and Dolphin presentations. Teachers can take part in TSA’s “Pre-Visit/Free-visit” program by calling ahead and reserving their pre-visit date and time.

    Photo/Video Notification

    In our efforts to promote and improve upon our programming, the Aquarium will occasionally photograph and/or videotape instructor-student interactions and activities. Included in your Teacher Aquarium Visit Packet is the Texas State Aquarium notification of photo/video activity and release. Please contact us if you have concerns or questions.

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  • All Grade Levels

    Self-Guided Visits

    $9.50/student (September-February); $11.50/student (March-May)

    Self-guided visits, facilitated by school or group chaperones, are a fun way to explore the Aquarium’s diverse animals and habitats. Lead your class on an adventure through the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. Touch stingrays, sharks, and invertebrates, or enjoy one of the Aquarium’s amazing animal ambassador shows. Teacher Guides are available free online at our Teacher Resources and Opportunities page.

    Aquarium Plus  Add-Ons

    Texas State Aquarium offers a variety of innovative Aquarium Plus experiences that compliment classroom curriculum, align with grade specific TEKS concepts and process skills, and promote STEM exploration.  All Aquarium Plus activities include plenty of time for self-guided tours. Visit texasstateaqarium.org/educate for TEKS, program details and registration information.

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  • Grades Kindergarten - 5

    Aquarium Plus  Exploration Stations

    $11.50/student (September-February); $14.00/student (March-May) | 45-60 minutes

    Tour the Aquarium on your own, then dive a little deeper with animal and habitat-focused activity stations designed to facilitate grade-appropriate, independent, self-paced exploration using science, math, and engineering process skills. Practice microscope or field sketching techniques, sorting, or classification skills. Track sharks and turtles, construct a robotic tool for undersea investigations, explore with maps, or play a special game of, “I Spy,” from our windows to Corpus Christi Bay and the Aquarium’s Caribbean jungle. Four to six stations will be provided, depending on class size.

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  • Grades 3-5

    Aquarium Plus  Marine Adventures

    $11.50/student (September-February only) | 60 minutes

    Focusing on Gulf of Mexico animals and habitats, students will work independently and as a team to investigate animal adaptations such as mouth shape, body shape, coloration, defense, and locomotion. Students will observe, describe, sketch, collect data, and discuss their findings to determine which adaptations are best suited for survival.

    Aquarium Plus  STEM in Action Tour

    Appropriate for grades 3-12

    $11.50/student (September-February); $14.00/student (March-August) | 45 minutes

    Explore the Aquarium on your own, then step behind the scenes, meet Aquarium staff, and see STEM in action with an expert guide. From restoring Caribbean coral reefs and reducing plastic pollution, to shark tracking in the Gulf of Mexico and protecting critically endangered species, students will examine how we rescue and protect wildlife every day. Students will also learn how to get involved with conservation activities and STEM careers.

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  • Grades 6-12

    Aquarium Plus  STEM in Action Tour

    Appropriate for grades 3-12

    $11.50/student (September-February); $14.00/student (March-August) | 45 minutes

    Explore the Aquarium on your own, then step behind the scenes, meet Aquarium staff, and see STEM in action with an expert guide. From restoring Caribbean coral reefs and reducing plastic pollution, to shark tracking in the Gulf of Mexico and protecting critically endangered species, students will examine how we rescue and protect wildlife every day. Students will also learn how to get involved with conservation activities and STEM careers.

    Aquarium Plus  Caribbean Quest

    $11.50/student (September-February only) | 60 minutes

    By analyzing data sets and observing the Aquarium’s Caribbean habitats and animals, students will practice drawing conclusions and creating new testable questions about an organism’s interactions with its ecosystem.  Students will conduct a Caribbean bioblitz and/or animal ethogram.

    Aquarium Plus  Discovery

    $11.50/student (September-February only) |60 minutes

    Armed with observations from their self-guided tour, your students will collaborate with their classmates to design their own investigations, collect and analyze data with a variety of tools and technologies, and discuss what did and didn’t work using the Science Flowchart at understandingscience.org. It’s a one-of-a-kind, indoor, real STEM experience!

    Aquarium Plus  Field Expedition

    $15.50/student (September-February); $17.50/student (March-August) |120 minutes

    Follow us to Sunset Lake for a field expedition like no other. In small teams, your students will collaborate with their classmates to plan and design investigations, collect and analyze data with a variety of tools and technologies, and discuss what did and didn’t work using the Science Flowchart at understandingscience.org.

    Aquarium Plus  Squid Dissection

    $13.00/student (September-February); $16.00/student (March-August) | 60 minutes

    Investigate the wild world of cephalopods, those “head-foot” animals in the phylum Mollusca. Through observation, description, measurement, and identification, students will discover the special characteristics and adaptations that squid use to eat, move, and protect themselves from predators. Students will conduct an external and internal dissection of a squid and make comparisons to cephalopods and other mollusks living in Aquarium habitats.

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