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Education Programming at the Aquarium

Education is at the core of our mission statement. We believe in education through inspiration. It is our goal to integrate conservation and an appreciation of all aquatic ecosystems into every visitor's life through hands-on educational experiences and thought-provoking programs and exhibits. Our belief is that local and individual conservation efforts lead to global changes and prepares our participants to be better stewards of the environment. 

To register and for more information about any of these classes or activities, please contact our Education Department at 716-285-3575, x219


First Friday Each Month: Au-Some Aquarium

  • Special evenings dedicated to providing a safe, supportive, sensory friendly environment where families with autism can meet, learn, and have fun together. Families will enjoy a touch tank, sea lion show, sensory and art activities, gluten free snacks and information resources from community partners. Each night has a different theme! The program was developed with collaboration between Aquarium of Niagara, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, and several community partners.

  • Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Ages: All Ages
  • Price: $10 per family, $5 per person for groups

Themed Nights!

April 6th - Turtles

May 4th - Sea Horses

September 7th - Seals

October 5th - Sturgeon Soiree

November 2nd - Sharks

December 7th - Penguins

*Event not offered in June, July or August


Every First Saturday of Each Month: Sea Squirts Program

  • These sessions are specifically designed to encourage interaction between parent and child through story time, fun-to-do crafts and hands-on learning experiences. The gatherings are structured to enhance each child's interest in the aquatic ecosystem and the natural world. Each session centers around one animal. Participants also receive reserved viewing for the 11 o'clock Sea Lion Show. Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign-in.
  • Time: Sea Squirts Program starts at 11am
  • Ages: Perfect for children 1 - 4 years old
  • Price: Included with admission


 Junior Vet Class

  • Come explore the field of animal care and learn how our veterinarians take care of all the animals here at the Aquarium of Niagara. Join in on hands-on activities, scientific experiments, and a behind-the-scenes look at veterinary care.
  • Time: Tuesday April 3rd, 2018

    Ages 6-10 10:00am-12:00pm - FULL

    Ages 11-15 from 2:00pm-4:00pm - FULL

  • Price: $15.00, $10.00 for Members


Penguin Class

  • Come explore the diverse world of penguins! The class will learn about the many species of penguins around the world and the different habitats they live in. We will focus on Humboldt penguins, and learn about the colony that we have here at the Aquarium of Niagara. We will learn through various presentations, observe penguin feedings, hands-on activities, and more!
  • Time: Thursday April 5th, 2018

    Grades K-3  9:00am-11:00am

    Grades 4-6  11:30am-1:30pm

    Grades 7-12  2:00pm-4:00pm

  • Price: $15.00, $10.00 for Members





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