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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)

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

Claws and Jaws (Grades 1-3)

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 as an educator conducts a daily feeding at the Fishin' Hole exhibit. 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

Reptile Expedition (Grades 4-5)

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

Turtle Island Getaway (Grades 6-8)

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

Adventures in Training (Grades 9-12)

Get a glimpse of what it’s like to care for and train various species of marine mammals! Observe trainers using natural behaviors and positive reinforcement to shape the behaviors you see in our presentations and learn the differences in show, play, training, and husbandry sessions.

Maximum: 60 students

Classical vs. Operant Conditioning (College level)

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: 60 students

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 during fall and winter seasons

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 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+ tax per person.

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

2018 finest of Emerald Coast Award Accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums Accredited by the International Marine Animal Trainers Association Destin Area Chamber of Commerce Member Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce