Aquarium Class List

Classes are offered Monday-Friday at 9:15, 10:30, 11:45, 1:00, 2:15, 3:30, and 4:45.

Groups should plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to class start times to allow for group welcome and transition time.

ClassGrade LevelDurationAvailable as Outreach?MN Science Standards Addressed
Busy, Busy Bees
Many people may get nervous around bees, but bees are an important part of nature and our own lives. Students will explore bee lives through movements, station exploration, and dramatic play.
Pre-K45min-1hr ClassYes
Fantastic Frogs
Hop, Jump, Plop! Frogs are fantastic with their slimy skin and watery ways. Learn to sing like a frog, practice your jumping, and learn about their special changing life.
PreK - 21 Hour ClassYes0.,,,,,
Snouty Seahorses
Head, cornet, eyes and snout...eyes and snout. What is it like to be a seahorse? What do they eat? How do they move? Join us to learn more about the unique lives of seahorses through music, movement, literature, hands-on activities and art.
K - 21 Hour ClassYes0.,
Creature Feature
Which animals call the Great Lakes home? Students will investigate the five major groups of vertebrates, the special features they have in common and what makes them different. Watch excitement build as students come face to face with a resident vertebrate animal! *Lesson activities are age appropriate, and change based on the grade level of students.
K - 51 Hour ClassYes0.,,,,,,
Water on the Move
Where does the water go? Students will become a drop of water and travel through the water cycle on an amazing journey. Learn more about the ways that we use, enjoy and protect water resources in the Great Lakes region.
3 - 51 Hour ClassYes2.,,,,
Run for Your Life Cycle
Students will become lake sturgeon traveling a migration route through a course depicting sturgeon habitat. Dangers accompany migration – the lake sturgeon encounter both natural and manmade obstacles as they grow to adulthood and return to spawning grounds.
3 - 81 Hour ClassYes3.,,,,,,,,,,
Stories in Stone
If you know what to listen and look for, rocks can tell all kinds of stories. What are they made of and how did they form? How can you tell them apart? Students will learn to identify local rock samples from the shores of Lake Superior and rock out in our “geo-theater”.
1 - 81 Hour ClassYes4.,,,,
Behind the Scenes Tour
What keeps Great Lakes Aquarium habitats looking so clean? How do we feed all these animals? Follow a drop of water through the Aquarium's life support system to understand the process of keeping the 103,000 gallons of water clean. You'll even visit the kitchen where otter and fish food is prepared! Note: Because of the limited access to non-public areas, this class is limited to 15 participants per session. All participants must have close-toed shoes to wear.
3 - 121 Hour ClassNo6.,,,
Lake Superior - Ecology
Discover adaptations and migrations that enable life in Lake Superior to thrive. On a quest for a glimpse at life in the lake, students will take on the roles of the biotic life in our production of: A Harbor Ecosystem. Students will then collect and analyze live plankton samples from the St. Louis River. (Activities will be adapted during the winter.)
3 - 121 Hour ClassYes6.,,,,,,,,,,
Lake Superior - Limnology
Students will explore properties required to sustain life in Lake Superior while connecting dots between the physical, chemical and biological lake. The lake comes to life as students conduct experiments on lake turnover, build models of human influences on trophic states, and become living members of the lake in a theatrical production of nutrient cycling during diurnal migration.
6 - 121 Hour ClassYes3.,,,,,,,,,,
Conservation on the Brain: Using Cognitive Science in Conservation Practices
Great Lakes Aquarium uses operant conditioning techniques to train resident animals. Students will try their hand at using these techniques to ‘train’ one another. After gaining a better understanding of how animals learn, students will do an exercise to generate solutions to real conservation issues.
9-121 Hour ClassYes9.,