The Portland Aquarium provides an augmented, age-specific curriculum for pre- and post-visit study for Portland area PreK – 12th Grade students.
The newest attraction to Portland with over 30 exhibits and more than 2500 animal species, displays sharks, stingrays, sea jellies, an octopus, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fascinating tropical and cold water fish, and much, much more!
The Portland aquarium offers a wide variety of educational programs for field trips led by the aquarium’s staff of educators, biologists, and aquarists. Field trips will include many hands-on activities as well as age-specific programming. Activities will include (but are not limited to):
- A complete aquarium tour and behind-the-scenes tour where students will learn about the aquarium’s animals and the complex plumbing and filtration system that keeps all of the marine life alive and in stable environments.
- Tidepool touch activities, where students will get to touch and interact with a variety of invertebrates (sea stars, urchins, anemones, and more) native to the Oregon Coastline and areas of the South and Central Pacific.
- Educational programming on a wide variety of topics such as animal adaptation, watershed ecology, protists of the Pacific Northwest, food web structure, fish and invertebrate anatomy, and much more
The Portland Aquarium provides teachers and students with access to countless educational opportunities. For the first time, Portlanders will be able to learn about the ocean and get a good look at its strange and wonderful inhabitants without having to make a trip out to the coast.
The Portland Aquarium hopes to inspire a new generation of ocean explorers and conservationists from the Portland area through education and shared experience with live animals in order to create an ever expanding appreciation for our planet’s oceans. With over 2500 living animals representing habitats as diverse as the Oregon coastline to remote Polynesian Islands, the experience will instill respect and awe for marine life and the rich aquatic resources of our planet’s wetter 78%.
With thousands of species on display, pay a visit to Portland Aquarium and we’ll become your teaching aid. Watch your students learn as they experience our hands on exhibits. This educational experience will take your classroom into a whole new world.
We offer private self-guided tours as well as Educator-Led tours at no additional cost. Because of our interactive and hands on exhibits, both tour styles will allow for highly focused learning. Students will expand their understanding of our ecosystems as they engage all five senses for maximized learning.
- $5.95 per student
- $9.95 per adult
Please note that we are unable to accommodate groups over 100 at one time. Please call or email us for groups over 60 students. Field trip pricing is good for all PreK – 12th Grade students regardless of the size of the group (educational institutions, certified child care, home school, YMCA, or any other legitimately certified groups of children.) Please show certification at the door. Large field trip groups of 60+ students can be allowed to begin their day at 9am, an hour before opening time.
Annual Memberships do not cover field trip pricing. Adult chaperones who have season passes pay a reduced tour price of $3.00. Student Members pay the field trip price.
Please Note: non-education groups of 12 or more are eligible for our group rate of $2.00 off adult admission or $1.00 off child admission. Please note that the group rate does not include a tour, but a tour can be arranged in advance for $6.00 per person. If you would like to schedule a tour for a group of twelve or more, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 503-303-4721.
To enhance your field trip experience, you are encouraged to spend some time after the tour just exploring at your own pace. The following post offers tips for maximizing your day at the Aquarium: “How to ensure your children’s aquarium visit is an amazing experience” Click to read it now.
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