Outreach Programs

The Aquarium of Niagara is committed to education and we can make your job as a teacher, easier. If you are unable to bring your students in for fun, hands-on learning experiences then we bring them to you!

Turtle Outreach –

Students 1st-6th grade can enjoy a lesson on turtles. We bring out the ambassador animal (turtle), talk about its adaptations, and compare the ambassador animal to tortoises and sea turtles using artifacts. For more information on Turtle Outreach please click here.

Traveling Touch Tank –

Our Traveling Touch Tank program is suitable for all ages. Choose up to five (5) of our Ambassador Animals (see list below) and then we bring the animals to your classroom. After a brief lesson, the children are able to touch the animals using a gentle two finger touch. After students interact with the animals, our educator presents a few incredible animal artifacts that children are able to hold and feel.

Price – $175 * per day

For the safety of our animals, we are able to see up to 80 participants per day which may be broken down into no more than five to six presentations.

Animal Tales –

If you happen to have a younger class interested in an outreach program, our staff highly recommends our Animal Tales program. In this program, one of our educators will bring one (1) ambassador animal of your choice (see list below) along with a storybook about that animal. After a short story, your class can meet and interact with the starring animal of the book.

Price – $65 * per presentation

For multiple same-day presentations, prices will reflect a 10% discount off of your total. For the safety of our animals, we are able to see up to 80 participants per day which may be broken down into no more than five to six presentations.

*If your location exceeds a drive of one or more hours a distance fee of $25 will be added to the price of your program.

Our Ambassador Animals include:

  • North American Lobster
  • North American Horseshoe Crab
  • European Shore Crab
  • Common Spider Crab
  • Flat clawed Hermit Crab
  • Green Sea Urchin
  • Channeled Whelk
  • Eastern Oyster
  • Blue Mussel
  • Cherrystone Clam

Squid Dissection –

Have you ever wondered what an inside of a squid looks like? Or how you can write with squid ink? Well look no further! With our new program you can now learn that and more. Squid and their close relatives are some of the unusual creatures explored during this in-depth class. Students learn proper lab procedure while they wrestle with the tentacles of a squid in this interactive, hands-on dissection.

Price: $200*

This program can service up to 40 students at a time. Classes who have over 20 students will be asked for the students to be split into groups.

After-school programs (any program beginning after 2:30 p.m.) are $230 for a single class, $320 for two classes.

For reservations and additional information please contact:

Katherine Jones
Educator & Coordinator of Outreach
Programming Phone: (716) 285-3575 ext. 209 Email: kjones@aquariumofniagara.org