Welcome to the 2016–2017 School Year!

We’re excited about our program offerings for the 2016–2017 school year. A visit to the Aquarium is your students’ passport to discovering the world’s aquatic biodiversity. With thousands of creatures on display, a visit to Via Aquarium will engage your students’ senses. In addition to the spectacular view from the underwater tunnel, children can get involved at the interactive touch tank or our augmented reality sandbox. With so much to see and experience, you will take learning beyond the classroom and into a new underwater world.All programs support the NGSS and NYS Curriculum. Our website has downloadable teacher booklets with classroom activities to help prepare your students for the program and facilitate discussion following your visit.

Aquarium Science Programs

Our educator-led programs are approximately 45-60 minutes long and can accommodate students divided into groups of 25.

Grades K-2

Rain, Rain Go Away
A look at the water cycle. Students will explore our augmented reality sandbox and see what happens to the water when it rains and learn why it is important to conserve water.

Home is Where You in Habitat
A look at animal habitats. Students will discuss the survival needs of animals as they investigate how an animal’s environment meets those needs.

Grades 3-5

It’s a Shore Thing
A look at beach geology. Students will investigate properties of sand and the materials they are composed of. Discussion will include aspects of chemical and physical weathering as it pertains to beaches.

What’s for Lunch?
A look at the food web. Students will simulate a dissection as they examine the stomach contents of an animal and determine how that animal relates in a food web.

Grades 6-8

A River Runs Through
A look at the Watershed .Students will investigate the watersheds of New York State using our augmented reality sandbox. Our exploration will include looking at the effect of topography on the flow of water.

Are You Adapted?
A look at adaptations. Students will compare fish anatomy and conclude what habitat would be best based upon their observations. Discussion will include competition and niche in an ecosystem.

Grades 9-12

Shell Shocked Seas
A look at ocean acidification. Students will test pH, compare water samples, and discuss the effects of climate change on the oceans.

Mystery Mate
A look at genetic diversity. Students will use DNA fingerprinting techniques to determine the paternity of a baby whale.