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2021-22 Homeschool Program

2021-22 Theme: The Facts of Life: Exploring the Traits that All Living Things Share

Dates: September 14th, October 12th, November 9th, December 14th, January 11th, February 8th, March 8th, April 12th,  and May 10th.

Time: 12-1 pm (all ages)

This year’s edition of Schooling Around will explore the basic requirements of life and learn about how organisms from the smallest algae to a sea lion work in different ways to meet their needs.

Please note that all classes are held in-person at the Aquarium. The program cost DOES NOT include Aquarium admission. Participants will be required to wear masks while indoors when social distancing is not possible.

Registration ends at 10:00am the Monday before the class date.

Classes that do not meet the minimum of 5 child participants will be canceled or merged with the closest age level.

Full payment is due upon booking. Refunds are only issued in the event of a cancellation. If you need to cancel your reservation and you do so more than 24 hours in advance of the program date, we will hold your payment as a credit for a future program (within the same school year only). If you cancel within 24 hours of the program date or you do not show up for the program, no refunds or credits will be issued.

Non-members: K-12
Non-members: Adult
Members: K-12
Members: Adult

September 14th, 2021 –To Be or Not to Be, Alive– Join us as we learn what it means to be alive! In our first class of the series, we will be using our eyes and hands to learn what makes something living or non-living. After, we will take a trip around the Aquarium to search for other signs of life throughout our exhibits.

October 12
th, 2021 Bust a Move – All life must move somehow, but there are many ways to bust a move. The swift swimming of a sea lion is much different than the graceful wave of a bacteria’s flagella. Join us as we observe how organisms large and microscopic get around their movement requirement for life!

November 9th, 2021 Hunter or Gatherer? – Everyone needs energy to survive, but there are different methods for meeting your energy needs. Some animals develop complex tactics to hunt for their next meal, while others just sit back and soak up the sun’s rays to recharge. During this class we will investigate how animals at the aquarium fit into their food webs in the wild and how that changes when they live at an aquarium.

December 14
th, 2021 Metamorphia – All living things must grow. Some species look identical to when they were born and simply get larger. Some species will go through dramatic transformations before reaching their final form. Join us to learn about some of the most unusual ways that animals at the aquarium grow and metamorphosize throughout their lives.

January 11th, 2022 Analyzing Anatomies – Over time, animals have evolved to have many differences, but some things have stayed the same! Join us as we explore the internal organs that help us, and other living creatures, survive. We will discover that, although we may not look like a sea animal on the outside, we have a lot of similarities on the inside. To get an up close and personal look, we will be dissecting and comparing the anatomy of different animals you may find in the sea.

February 8
th, 2022 Leaving a Legacy A species’ success at survival depends on its ability to reproduce and create offspring. Throughout history organisms have evolved many different methods of reproduction that have their own distinct disadvantages and advantages. During this class, we will investigate these different strategies and look at how the animals here at the Aquarium leave behind their own legacy.

March 8
th, 2022The Building Blocks of Life Every organism in the world is made up of the same building blocks of DNA, yet we all look a bit different. During this class we will explore how our genes affect who we are and what we look like, and how those traits are passed on to future generations. We will take a close look at our Humboldt Penguins and learn how a Species Survival Plans works to keep our birds as genetically diverse as possible.

April 12
th, 2022 – Survival Strategies – In order to survive, life must adapt or die trying. In this class we will learn the survival strategies and adaptions that our animals have evolved over time to thrive in their habitats. Can you engineer your own new species that is adapted to stand the test of time?

May 10
th, 2022Outdoor Bioblitz- Now that we know what all living things need, we are going to use the skills we have been practicing throughout this series to identify as many species as possible.  We will start with those around the aquarium then walk to the Niagara River gorge and see what species of local wildlife we can identify.