Education Field Trips

Group Field Trips

Looking for an educational and fun outing for your class or school group? The Aquarium of Niagara is happy to accommodate organizations of all sizes!

  • Prices: Pre-school to grade 12 students $6 each
    Adults $8 Chaperones $8 (one free chaperone admitted with every 10 paid students)
  • Bus Driver Free

The above pricing covers your admission and self-guided tour of the building and exhibits. We also offer an exhibit scavenger hunt appropriate for all grade levels and incorporating learning and Common Core Standards into your time here.

When your class visits the Aquarium, you will also be able to attend our daily public programs, including sea lion shows and penguin presentations. A schedule of daily activities can be found here.

Add-On Activities

  • Chevron down Trainer Talk
  • Kindergarten and up; 15 minutes per session

    1-25 People – $24.99
    26-50 people – $34.99
    51 and Over – $44.99

    Your entire group is joined by one of our Marine Mammal Trainers after the Sea Lion Show and talks with you about our seals and sea lions and what their jobs entail. You will also have the opportunity to take a photograph of your group with our Trainer.

    NYS Science Standards: LS1 (1, 2, 8), LS2 (1, 3, 6, 7), LS4 (1, 4, 5), PS3 (2), PS4 (1), AND ESS (1)

    Common Core Standards: SL (1, 2, 3, 5), L (3, 6)

  • Chevron down Touch Tank
  • All ages and levels; 30 minutes per session

    $65.00 for 10-25 participants, $1 for each additional participant

    We will give students an up-close look at some of the smallest and most numerous creatures in our ocean, finishing up with the opportunity to touch marine invertebrates such as hermit crabs, sea stars, and urchins. The presentation is appropriate for all ages and can be tailored to your group’s interests.

    NYS Science Standards: LS1 (1, 2, 8), LS2 (1, 3, 6, 7), LS4 (1, 4, 5), PS 3 (2), PS4 (1), and ESS1 (1)

    Common Core Standards: SL (1, 2, 3) and L (3, 6)

  • Chevron down Ambassador Animal Program
  • Grades 1 and up; 30 minutes per session

    $65.00 for 10-25 participants, $1 for each additional participant

    Meet one of our Ambassador Animals up close and learn about their natural history, importance to their ecosystem, and their relationship to humans. Participants will have an opportunity to touch the animal and ask questions. Two species of freshwater turtles are currently available for this program.

    NYS Science Standards: LS1 (1, 2, 8), LS2 (1, 3, 6, 7), LS4 (1, 4, 5), PS3 (2), PS4 (1) and ESS (1)

    Common Core Standards: SL (1, 2, 3) and L (3, 6)

  • Chevron down Wet Labs
  • 30 minutes per session

    $65.00 for 10-25 participants, $2 for each additional student

    These hands-on classes fulfill Common Core and New York State standards by focusing on animals and activities appropriate for each grade level.

    Tidal Tikes: Grades K-2

    Observe some of the aquatic animals found in our touch tank, compare them to land animals and humans, and then use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how these animals find ways to meet their needs.

    NYS Science Standards: LS1, and LS4

    Common Core Standards: SL 1-3 and 8, W2, and L

    Invertebrate Investigators: Grades 3-5

    Explore the structures used by animals to respond to their surroundings, obtain energy, and survive. Using our touch tank invertebrates, students develop a model to describe how matter moves through an aquatic ecosystem.

    NYS Science Standards: LS1 (1-2), LS4 (1)

    Common Core Standards: SL 1-3, W2, and L

    Ecosystem Exploration: Grades 6-8

    Through observation and examination of some of our touch tank invertebrates, students discover how genetic variation, the ability to respond to stimuli, and resource availability impact populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

    NYS Science Standards: LS1 (8), LS2 (1), LS3 (3), and LS4 (4)

    Common Core Standards: SL 1-3, W2, and L

    Conservation Crusaders: Grades 9-12

    Students investigate the impact of human activities on a rocky tidal ecosystem and develop a conservation plan to help restore and protect aquatic ecosystems.

    NYS Science Standards: LS2 (6, 7), LS4 (5)

    Common Core Standards: SL (1, 4), W (1, 2, 8)

  • Chevron down Squid Dissection
  • Grades 5 and up; 60 minutes per session

    $65.00 for 10-25 participants, $3.00 for each additional student

    Dissection is an important part of understanding how animals work and we will provide the opportunity to examine invertebrate morphology during a hands-on dissection. Students will work together to identify the parts of a squid, we will discuss how it compares to vertebrate anatomy, and explore the many adaptations that help this invertebrate be the predator and not the prey.

    NYS Science Standards: LS1 (1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8), LS2 (7), LS4 (1, 6), PS4 (1, 2, 3, 4), and ESS1 (1)

    Common Core Standards: SL (1, 4) and L (3, 6)

  • Chevron down Jr. Scientist
  • Grades 3 and up; 30 minutes per session

    $65.00 for 10-25 participants, $1.00 for each additional student

    Working with animals and other forms of life requires a broad range of knowledge to ensure we care for everything properly. This class explores some of the scientific activities aquarium staff undergo to maintain animals and their exhibits. By the end, students will be more familiar with water quality parameters, animal identification, and microscope use.

    NYS Science Standards: LS1 (1, 2, 8), LS2 (1, 3, 6, 7), LS4 (1, 4, 5), PS3 (2), PS4 (1), and ESS (1)

    Common Core Standards: SL (1, 3, 5) and L (3, 6)

  • Chevron down Enrichment Session with a Trainer
  • Grades 5 and up; 30 minutes per session

    $60.00 for up to 25 participants

    All animals need food, shelter, and care, but enrichment is an often overlooked aspect of animal health. One of our Trainers will explain to your class what animal enrichment is and how it improves the well-being of our animals. Students will then assist in presenting enrichment to one of our exhibit animals and observe their reaction to better understand how it can increase the quality of their life.

    NYS Science Standards: LS1 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8), LS2 (1, 2, 8), LS3, LS4, PS (1), and ESS2

    Common Core Standards: SL (1, 2, 3) and L

  • Chevron down Creating a Science Experience with Erie 1 Boces
  • $65.00 for 10-25 participants, $1.00 for each additional student

    Students are challenged with gathering information as professional scientists. Students utilize technology in order to observe the flora and fauna of the Aquarium to create or support a hypothesis using iPad technology. They make use of their findings to create a project or model to support their argument. Teachers facilitate the students throughout the process in order to enhance success. The teachers receive professional development on the NYS Science Standards in order to ensure future curriculum alignment. This project allows students a finished product and ownership of learning, thereby, creating a deeper understanding of the concepts. Your field trip also includes a Touch Tank!

    Additional Fee Opportunities:

    • Squid Dissection – Students 12 years and older
    • Meet the Trainer Talks
    • Marine Mammal Enrichment – Students will learn about the importance of enrichment and design a toy for the marine mammals

    Science Standards Covered

     

    For reservations and additional information please contact:

    Dan Wodarczak

    Email: [email protected]

    Watch the video below for additional information:

For reservations and additional information please contact:

Katherine Jones
Phone: (716) 285-3575 ext. 209
Email: [email protected]

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Lunch
If you plan to bring your lunch to eat onsite, we have space available for your group to use both inside and outside. As another option, we would be happy to order pizza to have available for your group’s lunch. The cost would be added to your payment. Please provide 72 hours advance notice to include pizza in your visit.

Parking
Parking is available in our lot to the south of our building.
May-September:$5.00 per car, $20.00 per TOUR bus
School buses are FREE when you make a reservation.

If parents are driving separately, they will need to pay $5.00 per car

October-April: free parking for all

Payment
Payment is accepted the day of your visit by cash or card, or we can send an invoice after your visit.