School Groups

Are your students ready for a unique adventure? We invite teachers and students to join one of Gulfarium’s educators and dive in for an unforgettable educational experience! Our informative programs are specially designed to be age-specific and we have limited space, so be sure to make your reservations early!

Teacher guides and supplemental curriculum units

*School group offerings and rates are available Monday - Friday, after Labor Day and before Memorial Day

Gulfarium Instructor-Led Educational Adventure Programs

Includes general admission and the opportunity to explore all park exhibits, shows, and demonstrations in addition to the 30-40 minute educational component described below.

See Instructor-Led rates and requirements here.

Minimum 10 students for any Instructor-led program.

Tide Pool Explorers (Pre K- Kindergarten) 9:15am, 10:15am, & 12:15am (25-30 minutes)

While exploring the interactive Tide Pool, students will learn about the creatures that call the shallows their home. Find out how these animals move and survive in their aquatic environment.

Maximum: 30 students per class

Claws and Jaws (Grades 1-3) 9:15am, 10:15am, & 12:15am (30-40 minutes)

Hunt for “Jaws and Claws” while gazing into our Fishin’ Hole and exploring the Tide Pool. Students will witness the power of the Gulf Coast game fish during a feeding of our finned friends at the Fishin' Hole. Finally, while known for their keen predatory skills, sharks boast several unique traits ideal for underwater survival. Discover more from one of Gulfarium’s aquatic specialists.

Maximum: 30 students per class

Reptile Expedition (Grades 4-5) 9:15am, 10:15am, & 12:15am (30-40 minutes)

Explore Expedition Trail to learn about African spurred tortoises, feed our friends at Turtle Creek, and meet an educational reptile. Students will attain knowledge about their natural habitat, feeding behavior, and conservation efforts

Maximum: 30 students per class

Echolocation, A Dolphin’s 5th Sense (Grades 4-8) 9:15am, 10:15am, & 12:15am (30-40 minutes) 

Students will discover how Bottlenose dolphin use echolocation to navigate, hunt, avoid obstacles, and identify other species.

Maximum: 24 students per class, only offered September through February

Turtle Island Getaway (Grades 6-8) 9:15am

Students will learn about the six endangered sea turtles that inhabit the Gulf Coast, their anatomy, feeding behaviors, turtle conservation, and the Gulfarium Sea Turtle C.A.R.E. Program.

Maximum: 30 students per class

Shark Dissection (Grades 7-12) 2:30pm - 4:30pm      *Call for availability and pricing*  

Dogfish Shark (Squalus acanthias) are a deep-water fish found in the western Atlantic Ocean. This species of shark is often a by-catch of commercial fishing fleets thus utilized for educational purposes.  
During this class, students will observe a shark feed and participate in a dissection of a Dogfish shark, all while learning about their physical and behavioral adaptations, anatomy, and shark conservation.  
Minimum: 8 students per class    Maximum: 16 studentsper class, only offered November through February

Adventures in Training (Grades 9-12) 9:15am

Get a glimpse of what it’s like to care for and train marine mammals! Observe trainers using natural behaviors and positive reinforcement to shape the behaviors you see in our presentations.

Maximum: 125 students per class

Classical vs. Operant Conditioning (College level) 9:15am

This program will give psychology students a better understanding of Classical and Operant conditioning techniques and how they apply to animal training. Students will observe an animal training session and have the opportunity to discuss the different approaches with the Animal Care and Training staff.

Maximum: 125 students per class

Shoreline Scholars (large group option, grades 1 & up)

Gather in Gulfarium's Shoreline Theater for a training demonstration with California sea lions. This program can be tailored to any grade level and is a great option for large school groups or multiple classrooms!

Maximum: 125 students, only offered September through February

Self-Guided Field Trip

Bring your students to Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park to explore animal exhibits, aquariums, educational shows, and more during your self-guided field trip.  Advanced reservations required.

See Self-Guided Field Trip rates and requirements.

Minimum 15 students, maximum 275 students

Adventure Group Optional Lunch Package

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park would be delighted to provide your Adventure Group with lunch catered by our Dive-In Eatery.  Enjoy your lunch at our picnic area nestled around Seal Harbor.  Picnic tables are not guaranteed and will be on a first come, first serve basis in coordination with general park attendance.  Please arrive early to secure group seating.

Your meal choices are a hot dog, veggie wrap, or a turkey wrap (turkey, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and ranch dressing on a tortilla wrap). Each  meal comes with a bottle of water and chips.   The cost is $6.50+ tax for the hotdog meal, $8.50+ tax for the veggie wrap meal, and $9.50+ tax for the turkey wrap meal per person.

Adventure Group lunch must be reserved 14 days prior to visit. No outside food or drinks permitted in the park.

Outreach Adventures

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park introduces new educational outreach opportunities to assist teachers, schools, and the Florida panhandle community with the tools to discover and learn more about Florida’s biodiversity. Each program will meet multiple Florida Benchmark requirements, and can be tailored to fit teacher’s needs.

See outreach offerings and rates.

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