Homeschool Programs

We welcome all teachers and learners to use the Aquarium’s exhibits, classes and free curriculum kits as part of a student’s enrichment and coursework.

Homeschool Rate

A 24-hour advance reservation is required to receive the homeschool rate. Please contact our education department at 218-740-2000 or to make a reservation.

Youth (Grades preK-12): $6 (children under 3 are always free)

Adult: $11

The homeschool rate is exclusively intended for homeschool students and their parent(s) or their legal guardian(s). This rate does not apply to any additional guest.

A family membership is another great way to access Aquarium resources all-year round. Learn more here.


Field Trips

Groups of students and parents are welcome to book a class or animal encounter with Aquarium staff. These classes and experiences are designed to encourage questions, hands-on exploration of themes and collaboration. A minimum fee of $20/class and an advance reservation is required. For groups with students in more than three consecutive grade levels, the best option is typically an animal encounter or selection of two separate age appropriate classes.

View the list of available class themes here.

Contact our education department via email at or phone at 218-740-2027 to learn more or make a reservation.

Whirligigs and Polliwogs

Weekly nature based classes are available for 3-5 year old children. Each summer weekly programming is available to 5-6 year old children that have completed kindergarten. Learn more about early childhood opportunities here.


Children currently enrolled or completing curriculum in grades K-2 are welcome to participate in this weekly after-school program. Classes feature hands-on group learning, behind-the-scenes experiences, animal encounters and exploration on the Aquarium’s grounds. Learn more about after-school programming here.

Curriculum and Kits

Props, curriculum and unique learning tools are available through our Teacher Resource Center for free. Contact our education department via email at or 218-740-2027 to learn more.

Job Shadows

Is your child interested in careers in science or working with animals? They may enjoy shadowing our animal care staff for a morning. Children in grades 5 and higher are welcome to arrange a job shadow with our staff. Job shadows typically run from 7 a.m. – Noon. Contact our education department via email at or 218-740-2027 to schedule.


Summer day camps and vacation day camps offer youth an 2-5 day Aquarium experience related to water, wildlife and animal care. Opportunities are listed on the Aquarium webpage seasonally. Search for “camp” in the side bar.