Theme Days

Outreach Program

  • Duration

    Single Day

  • Grades

    K – 8

  • Price

    $790 & up*

  • Where

    Your School or Location


National Aquarium educators visit your school to bring aquatic science to life for students in multiple classes at multiple grade levels. You may select from ocean, Chesapeake Bay or rain forest themes.

Each theme day includes:

  • Two auditorium presentations for multiple classes
  • Ten interactive discovery lab sessions on your selected theme that allow students to explore in-depth and investigate animals introduced in the auditorium presentations. Each 20-minute session is identical and limited to one class of up to 30 students to encourage optimal learning. School or parent volunteers are required to assist with interactive discovery sessions.

Theme day programs are available only on Thursdays and Fridays. Additional discovery labs are available upon request for an additional fee.

Live animals: Yes, as available
Duration: All day
Minimum number of students: 60
Maximum number of students: 300, or more with additional lab sessions

Outreach Programs in Your School or Location

The National Aquarium education team will begin accepting requests for outreach programs for the 2022-23 school year in June 2022. Outreach programs are available November through April. Additional programs on the same day in the same location may be available for an additional fee.

*Depending on your location, travel fees of $25 to $100 may be applicable.

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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