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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

 

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.

    ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

  • Dolphin Star >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Dolphin Star

    • Ages: 5 and Up
      Price: $15.00
      Duration: 3 Minutes
    • Take center stage, as an acting veterinarian, while joining our marine mammal trainers dockside during a segment in one of our dolphin shows. This experience includes the opportunity to touch and feed a dolphin! 

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  • Dolphin Splash Encounter >V
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    Dolphin Splash Encounter

    • Ages: 8 and Up
      Price: $169.00
      Duration: 20 Minutes
    • Enter the dolphins’ world for an unforgettable experience as you get up close and personal with these sleek and graceful animals. While in shallow water, you will play, touch, and learn about our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins alongside a Gulfarium trainer.

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  • Discover Dolphins >V
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    Discover Dolphins

    • Ages: 5 and Up
      Price: $35.00
      Duration: 5 Minutes
    • You won’t help but be enchanted as you meet our dolphin family during this hands-on dockside encounter. Play, laugh, and learn about the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, known for their curious nature and spirited disposition.

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  • Stingray Bay Snorkel >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Stingray Bay Snorkel

    • Ages: 5 and Up
      Price: $39.00
      Duration: 1 Hour
      (20-25 min in-water)
    • Immerse yourself in a bay of wonder as you snorkel with stingrays and sharks! You’ll be provided all the snorkel gear needed to marvel at the beauty and graceful nature of these mystifying creatures.

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  • Discover Harbor Seals >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Discover Harbor Seals

    • Ages: 8 and Up
      Price: $39.00
      Duration: 10 Minutes
    • Gentle, yet playful, our Harbor seals will melt your heart while you touch and feed them during this special interaction.

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  • Kids Reptile Safari >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Kids Reptile Safari

    • Ages: 3 and Up
      Price: $15.00
      Duration: 25 Minutes
    • Are reptiles creepy creatures or cute critters? You be the judge! Meet several of Gulfarium's cold-blooded residents including turtles, lizards, snakes, and alligators.

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  • Discover Penguins >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Discover Penguins

    • Ages: 8 and Up
      Price: $39.00
      Duration: 20 Minutes
    • Meet our flightless friends of the sea! Participants will have the opportunity to feed and touch an African penguin while learning about these lively and lovable birds.

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  • Discover Turtles >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Discover Turtles

    • Ages: 5 and Up
      Price: $39.00
      Duration: 45 Minutes
    • This turtle-filled encounter will introduce you to our seafaring loggerheads, a variety of fresh water turtles, and even our land-loving African spurred tortoises. Go behind-the-scenes to learn about our long running sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation program where you will get an up-close and personal experience with these beautiful animals!

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  • Discover Sea Lions >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Discover Sea Lions

    • Ages: 8 and Up
      Price: $39.00
      Duration: 10 Minutes
    • Known for their lively spirit and clever ways, our California sea lions are ready to play! Join the trainers that interact with them every day for a dynamic encounter full of fun and thrills!

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  • Discover Gators >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Discover Gators

    • Ages: 5 and Up
      Price: $15.00
      Duration: 15 Minutes
    • The Gulfarium is home to several life stages of Florida's state reptile, the American alligator. Meet and touch our juvenile gators, then set foot into the large gator habitat for a closer look at these fascinating swamp dwellers.

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  • Discover Stingrays >V
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    Discover Stingrays

    • Ages: 4 and Up
      Price: $15.00
      Duration: 15 Minutes
    • Dip your hands into our stingray estuary and marvel at the tranquility of these gentle fish as they glide under your fingertips.  Soak up specifics on stingrays from a Gulfarium aquarist and meet these graceful creatures of the sea from the comfort of dry land.

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  • VIP Trainer >V
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    VIP Trainer

    • Ages: 13 and Up
      Price: $379.00
      Duration: 5 Hours
    • Ever wonder what it's like to be a marine mammal trainer at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park? As a VIP Trainer, you can enjoy a hands-on, behind-the-scenes experience like no other! Working side-by-side with our trainers, you'll learn and practice all it takes to train and care for all of our marine mammal residents, including dolphins!

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  • SPECIAL PROGRAMS

  • Sunset Camp (starts June 7, 2018) >V
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    Sunset Camp (starts June 7, 2018)

    • Ages: 6 to 14
      Price: $89.00
      Duration: 5 Hours
    • Enjoy an evening out while your children have an unforgettable experience at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.  Includes a dockside encounter with a dolphin, exploratory venture along the beach, ocean-themed activities, and dinner alongside the seals.

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  • Breakfast with the Dolphins (summer only) >V
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    Breakfast with the Dolphins (summer only)

    • Ages: 5 and Up
      Prices: Breakfast with the Dolphins Ages 5 through 12 - $89.00
      Breakfast with the Dolphins Ages 13 and up - $99.00
      Duration: 1 Hour
    • Start your day with a smile as you enjoy a delicious breakfast with the company of dolphins on the deck of our Dolphin Point exhibit. While your meal is prepared, you will have the opportunity to touch and feed the dolphins and interact with the trainers to learn more about our finned family

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  • Birthday Party Package >V
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    Birthday Party Package

    • Ages: All ages
      Prices: Birthday Party Deposit - $50.00
      Balance - $250.00
      Duration: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
      (duration refers to Living Sea room rental; party can explore the park anytime between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.)
    • Celebrate your birthday in a wild and crazy way!  Have a splash-tastic day at the Gulfarium with your friends and family and enjoy lunch “under the sea” surrounded by beautiful tropical fish in our Living Sea event room.

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