Educator FAQ

WHAT DOES MY FIELD TRIP TO VIA AQUARIUM ENTAIL?
After being greeted by our education staff your school group will participate in a self-guided tour of the aquarium grounds. Students are encouraged to engage in our interactive displays and various touch tank areas. Groups who choose to add a reptile program should expect to spend an additional hour within the aquarium. If your group needs extra assistance of any kind please let us know ahead of your visit.
WHAT TIMES ARE AVAILABLE FOR FIELD TRIPS?
Online bookings are available every 45 minutes between 9am and 1:30pm, Monday through Friday. Reptile presentations may be reserved online at 9:45, 11:15, and 12:45. If these times do not work for you or appear unavailable please give our reservationist a call or email at 518-280-5100 x102 / reservations@viaaquariumny.com – we will do our best to find a time that works!

ARE THERE RESTRICTIONS ON GROUP SIZE?
To receive the school group rate field trips must have 15 or more individuals. There must be at least 15
students to book a program. Groups of over 125 individuals will have to be split into separate bookings,
or otherwise arranged directly through our reservationist.

WHAT GRADE LEVELS ARE MOST APPROPRIATE FOR A VISIT AND/OR PROGRAM?
VIA Aquarium is perfect for students of all ages!  While self-touring the aquarium guests will have the opportunity to learn both beginner and advanced information about the vast biodiversity of our planet’s aquatic ecosystems! Our reptile program targets grades 3+ and is tailored to be age/grade appropriate in its educational content.  Stay tuned for updates as we develop more programming across various age ranges.

HOW DO I SCHEDULE A FIELD TRIP TO VIA AQUARIUM?
You can book a reservation here, just hit the button below!
You can also contact our reservationist at 518-280-5100 x102 or reservations@viaaquariumny.com.

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I SCHEDULE A FIELD TRIP?
We recommend scheduling field trips with a program no less than 2 weeks in advance and self-guided trips at least 1 week in advance. Online dates become no longer available within a week of the visit date. For late bookings please contact our reservationist directly.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BRING MY CLASS TO VIA AQUARIUM?
School groups may tour VIA Aquarium at the discounted rate of $8 per student, $10 per non-faculty chaperone, and teachers are free. One free bus driver is allowed for every 20 students. College group visits are $12 per student on weekdays and $15 per student on weekends. Including a program adds an additional $4 charge per person (excluding teachers). Children under 4 years old are always free.
WHAT FORM OF PAYMENT IS ACCEPTED WHEN BOOKING A FIELD TRIP?
VIA Aquarium accepts cash, all major credit cards, and checks made out to “VIA Aquarium.” When booking online you will have the choice to pay in full with a credit card or to be invoiced before your visit. Payment is required on or before the day of your trip. Group admission must be paid in one (1) transaction.
WHAT FORM OF PAYMENT IS ACCEPTED WHEN BOOKING A FIELD TRIP?
VIA Aquarium accepts cash, all major credit cards, and checks made out to “VIA Aquarium.” When booking online you will have the choice to pay in full with a credit card or to be invoiced before your visit. Payment is required on or before the day of your trip. Group admission must be paid in one (1) transaction.
MAY STUDENTS BRING A LUNCH?
Students may bring a lunch but eating is not permitted within the Aquarium. Rooms may be available for group lunch within the nearby VIA Entertainment at no additional cost – please let us know ahead of time if you hope to use this space. As the aquarium is within the ViaPort Mall there are also tables available at the food court a short walk away.
IS THERE A PLACE FOR OUR STUDENTS TO PLACE THEIR COATS / LUNCHBOXES / ETC?
Yes – we will provide bins with which students can store their belongings until the end of the trip.