Education at The Florida Aquarium
Fiscal Year 2007 Summary
Teacher, School, Youth/Family, Lifelong Learning (Adults, Vols, Interns)/Environmental
Leadership/Community Learning/Local to Global
Student groups may opt for a self-guided tour of the Aquarium galleries, or they may
add a program to supplement their visit. With options for PreK to grade 12, from
habitats to fish identification, the Aquarium offers over 20 different programs for on-
site school groups.
On-site classroom program attendance in 2007: 7,409
Total education group visitation in 2007: 83,624
Water Wheels: We Come to You! (Outreach)
Aquarium educators conduct off-site programs for a variety of audiences, from school
groups to community organizations. Our programs range from large auditorium presentations to
small classes offering interactions with live aquatic and terrestrial animals.
Water Wheels participants in 2007: 19,067
The Aquarium provides camp opportunities for the summer vacation for
ages PreK through high school, both on-site and traveling programs.
Throughout the school year, single and multi-day camps are offered
when school is not in session.
Summer Camp participants for 2007: 829
School Year Day Camp participants for 2007: 116
With the growing number of families opting for homeschool instruction, the Aquarium increased
its offerings in 2007. With eco-tours of Tampa Bay to plankton studies, programs are offered for
grades K-12. An annual open house is also offered for homeschool families.
Homeschool participants in 2007: 3,013
The Florida Aquarium has been steadily increasing teacher education
programs annually, with an emphasis on Sunshine State Standards
alignment and correlation with FCAT testing benchmarks. Regional
workshops include, but are not limited to, marine science, stormwater
runoff, estuarine ecology, inquiry-based teaching techniques, JASON
Expeditions, and Population Connection. Statewide initiatives
include Science Education at Sea (SEAS) and Invasive Species workshops.
Teacher Workshop participants in 2007: 560
In an effort to start the environmental education process at an
early age, the Aquarium offers a variety of programs for tots in
small group settings throughout the school year. Tots
programs are also offered as part of the AquaCamps summer
AquaTots participants in 2007: 183
Sleep With the Fishes
For an in-depth and exciting educational adventure, groups can spend an entire night at the
Aquarium. Before bunking next to sharks and eels, sleepover participants tour behind the
scenes, dissect squid, tour the Wetlands Gallery at night, enjoy a pizza snack, and much more.
Special dive shows and scavenger hunts complete the experience, which concludes the following
morning. School groups, scouts, families, and homeschool groups comprise most sleepover
Sleepover participants in 2007: 2,338
Scout Badge Workshops
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts can earn badges through workshops at The Florida Aquarium. From
water concepts to animal and plant life, the Aquarium has developed programs to meet the needs
of this diverse audience. In addition to small group badge workshops, the Aquarium offers
special Sea Scouts days with reduced rates and special
programming in classrooms and on the exhibit path.
Scout participants in 2007: 712
Aquatic Ed-Ventures (Family Programs)
From canoe trips to beach combing excursions, the
Aquarium has started to enhance its existing educational
offerings by adding a variety family programs in small
Family Program participants in 2007: 250
Party With the Fishes! and Party Animals to Go!
One of the most popular programs at the Aquarium is Party with the Fishes, a celebration of a
child’s birthday. With animal encounters, a special dive show greeting, decorations, and more,
the Aquarium offers a one-of-a-kind birthday party for children of all ages. With
Party Animals to Go, we take animals to off-site parties.
Birthday Party participants in 2007: 7,601
In addition to organized group programs, the Aquarium offers daily programs for the general
visitor. These programs include dive shows, animal shows, animal encounters, animal feedings,
and more. Behind the Scenes Tours and eco-tours Tampa Bay aboard a 64-foot catamaran are
also available to Aquarium visitors for an additional fee.
Aquarium attendance in 2007: 675,634