Behind the Scenes

Field Trip Experience

  • Duration

    Single Day

  • Grades

    6 - 12

  • Price

    $12 Per Person

  • Where

    Main Aquarium Campus


Designed for middle and high school groups, this experience emphasizes water chemistry, animal care, exhibit maintenance and aquarium careers. Explore National Aquarium back-up areas, experiencing new sights and sounds! In coordination with Next Generation Science Standards, students will investigate a biological issue—societal roles of aquariums and zoos—and develop and defend their position. Please note that students must have a signed waiver to participate in this experience; students will receive a copy of the waiver after registering.

Live animals: Your program will include a behind-the-scenes look at parts of our main Aquarium campus

Minimum number of students: 12

Maximum number of students: 30

Duration: 90 minutes

Teacher Resources

Educators, please download and make use of these resource materials developed to align with this program before or after your scheduled session. If you are unable to book an experience with our team but would still like your students to experience this program, we welcome you to download your own copy of this curriculum and add it to your upcoming lesson plans.

Cancellation Policy

You must cancel your reservation at least 21 days prior to your scheduled program to receive a full refund. If you cancel your reservation less than 21 days in advance or fail to participate in your scheduled program, you forfeit all program fees.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice

The National Aquarium is dedicated to creating an environment that is inclusive, equitable and accessible to people from all backgrounds. We cannot successfully change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet without connecting with and appreciating the broad diversity of identities, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives that make our community unique.

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