A hands-on way to bring CMA to your classroom
Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s off-site programs are designed with your classroom in mind. These programs meet Next Generation Science Standards and enrich student experiences by providing hands-on learning environments. Expand upon daily classroom curriculum, with a visit from one of CMA's education staff members.
- 30-45 minutes in length - perfect for one class period
- Available within 40 miles of Clearwater Marine Aquarium (mileage fee applies)
- Customizable to meet your schedule and curriculum
- Applicable to "All Ages" or targeted for specific grades
- Price $150 for the first program/$125 for each additional program scheduled on the same day at the same site
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
A working marine animal hospital for all ages! Learn about the behind-the-scenes work of CMA from education staff as we visit your school or other venue for an educational presentation about our efforts in marine life preservation. Watch videos of recent rescue efforts and learn about the growth of our facility since the production of Dolphin Tale. Learn about Winter the dolphin’s amazing story of survival. We’ll even bring one of Winter’s prosthetic tails for a hands-on , interactive experience.
Winter the dolphin is CMA's most popular resident. Students will learn about her amazing story of survival – and we'll even bring one of her prosthetic tails for a hands-on experience. Discover the behind-the-scenes story of Winter’s rescue, get up-close and personal with Winter’s tail, and learn how her ongoing progress is benefitting people and animals across the globe.
Sea Turtle Nesting
CMA protects sea turtle nests up and down Pinellas County's coastline. Learn all about the Loggerhead sea turtle life cycle through an exclusive video presentation that follows the mother sea turtle on Pinellas County beaches. Examine the anatomy of the sea turtle, including hands-on time with real turtle shells and skulls. Participants will have an interactive experience as we simulate the conservation efforts of our sea turtle nesting team.
No bones about it!
Learn about the Gulf of Mexico's smaller inhabitants who call CMA home through this hands-on look at sea stars, crabs, and sea urchins. The program will focus invertebrates by describing these animals using our five senses, comparing and contrasting locomotion modalities and discussing survival adaptations.
Rescue, Rehab, Release
Through the Rescue, Rehab, Release Program, students will learn all about Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s marine animal hospital, stranding team and basic comparative anatomy and physiology. This program will discuss how marine animals have adapted to their environment and students will simulate a marine animal rescue. Students will take measurements and collect other data to gain knowledge as they simulate the process for a CMA’s stranding team call. Students will also learn about recent marine animal rescues.
Students discover the positive and negative impact humans can have on the oceans and coastal environments through the stories of our resident animal ambassadors. We will discuss ocean hazards and play "Scan your Can" – a recycling game that focuses on how sorting garbage can help save the planet. By the end of the program, each class member will be dubbed a "Dolphin Deputy."
Flipping for Dolphins
Flipping for Dolphins focuses on the work done by CMA with our three resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins including learned and natural behaviors and how psychology plays a role in animal care. Students will learn about training methods, operant conditioning and positive reinforcement as they apply real training methodology in an interactive activity by “training” one another to do fun behaviors.
Marine Animal Adaptations
Students will learn about scientific classification, learned versus natural behaviors and the adaptations that sea turtles, otters, dolphins, fish and sharks use to live in their environments. Students will participate in a collaborative activity that will bring out the “wild side” of the group and learn about Winter’s adaptation to the loss of her tail. Students will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with Winter’s prosthetic tail.
Bringing Up Baby
This program focuses on the younger rescued animal at CMA and the extra special care needed for these animal babies. Participants will learn how scientists work together to create solutions to complex problems. Students will learn what it takes to make dolphin formula, and view footage of our otter pups first learning to swim. Discover natural versus learned behaviors as the program focuses on how marine mammals care for their young in the wild and how reproductive strategies differ among species.
Captain Tortuga and the Treasure of Sand Key
Have the author himself come to your classroom for an interactive reading of Captain Tortuga and the Treasure of Sand Key followed by a discussion of sea turtle nesting and conservation. This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Captain Tortuga as he travels the seas in search of a special sea turtle named Lilly the Loggerhead. Along the way, he discovers ways to keep sea turtles safe from the many hazards in the ocean. Includes two hardback copies of the book for your classroom or library. Perfect for grades K-2.
How to register:
To reserve your off-site program, please call (727) 441-1790 ext. 262.
- Book at least one month in advance
- A mileage fee of $0.56 per mile applies to all off-site programs.
- All fees are waived for Pinellas County schools during Great American Teach-In.