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Teachers, are you ready to bring your students to the Tennessee Aquarium? Let us help you make the most of your visit. Below are several topics that may make your field trip planning a little easier.

Scheduling a field trip is quick and easy. First, choose at least two dates that you would like to come. Next, decide if you want to see the Aquarium, add an IMAX movie, a free education program or do all three. We recommend a minimum of 2.5 hours to tour the Aquarium; 1.5 hours in River Journey and 1 hour in Ocean Journey. Finally, call Reservations at (800) 262-0695 or locally at (423) 265-0698 and a reservationist will assist you with your schedule and make your reservation.

If you have additional questions about specific field trips, you can contact our Programs Manager, George Bartnik, at (800) 262-0695 ext. 4049 or (423) 785-4049 or our Education Coordinator, Jennifer Latour at (800) 262-0695 ext. 4050 or (423) 785-4050. Both of these people will help in any way they can.

Make your Aquarium visit a complete learning adventure for your students. Use our AquaQuests, a student activity page separated out by grade levels, that your students can do like a scavenger hunt. It’s fun and educational at the same time. You can also print out the answers and be ahead of the game when touring the building. For more activities, we also offer an Aqua Guide (pdf) that will give you more tools to enhance your field trip experience.
We also offer teaching ideas like Water Drop (pdf), that will help you with your classroom activities as well as other scavenger hunt activities that students can complete while touring the Aquarium.

Secret Reef Dichotomous Key – this dichotomous key will help you identify fish in the Secret Reef

Blank Dichotomous Key – this dichotomous key is for your students to create their own key for any of our exhibits.

When you schedule an education program, we also offer worksheets to enhance your experience with activities and information you can use in and out of the classroom.

From September through March any school with students participating in the national free and reduced lunch program (grades K-12 and Head Start only) receives complimentary admission for those students to the Aquarium and IMAX Theater. Complimentary admission for this program will not be accepted during the months of April and May. When you call to register, tell the reservationist that you have students in the free and reduced lunch program. You will be sent a certificate to fill out and have signed by your principal stating how many students coming on the field trip are on the free and reduced lunch plan. This certificate must be presented upon arrival to receive appropriate credit.

The Tennessee Aquarium strives to provide each visitor with an inspiring educational experience. There is a wide variety of options you can enjoy here and back at the classroom.

Adaptations A-Z tour
Lunch ‘N’ Learn
Behind the Scenes tour
Teacher Training
Distance Learning
Interactive Modules

Program Information —

Adaptations from A-Z
A 3rd through 8th Grade special opportunity
Explore the natural world close-up from the comfort of an IMAX seat as you encounter a variety of animals and habitats. Then learn what it takes to survive in the natural world as you travel with an Aquarium staff member through the Aquarium galleries. The 2.5- to 3-hour guided tour, tailored to your grade level (3-5 or 6-8), enhances your students’ learning experience.

Note: This special opportunity is available to groups of up to 125 students Monday through Thursday from September through February. Limits on group size may apply depending on selected date. A fee of $12 per student includes the IMAX film, Aquarium admission, guided tour and the teacher information packet ($8.75 per student if not attending an IMAX movie). Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the tour date.

For further information about this special opportunity, call (800) 262-0695 and ask for George Bartnik (ext. 4049). If you are ready to make a reservation, call (423) 265-0698 or (800) 262-0695 and ask for Group Reservations.

Lunch ‘N’ Learn
Wish you had time for an education program? Need a warm, dry place for lunch? Meet both these challenges by joining us for the new Lunch 'n' Learn programs. You supply the lunch and we’ll provide the education. Students view a short (20 minute) video while they eat and then they meet one of the education animals or test their skills in a challenging game.

• K-2 students focus on animal senses.
• 3rd - 5th grade students investigate reptiles.
• 6th to 8th grade students explore biodiversity and its relevance in our lives.

Lesson: Learn about adaptations of fascinating animals found around the world.
Conservation Message: All life on earth exists as part of an ecosystem.

Lunch and Learn programs are offered throughout the school year in the Biology Lab, Think Tank and the Discovery Classroom. Maximum student group size is 100 (students will be split between the three classrooms) and the minimum group size is 10. Seating is available for students and 9 adult chaperones; additional adults may not have chairs.

Lunch 'n' Learn programs are free of charge if you are visiting the Tennessee Aquarium or IMAX Theater. Additional education programs can be scheduled along with your Lunch 'n' Learn experience for a fee of $3.50 per student. For more information call 800-262-0695, ext. 4050 or e-mail Jennifer Latour.

For grades 3rd through 12th
How do we recreate habitats in the Aquarium? Food, water, shelter and space are stressed as students in grades 3 - 12 discover what goes on “behind the scenes” (BTS) in a specially designed tour. From the kitchen to the filtration room, the BTS tour highlights what it takes to convince over 10,000 plants and animals that the Aquarium is their habitat.

The 60 to 75-minute BTS tours are offered on weekdays September through March between the hours of 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Group size is limited to 15 participants per tour and we can offer up to two tours at the same time. BTS tours are available for a fee of $5.00 per student. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the tour date.

Call (800) 262-0695 or (423) 265-0698 to book your tour Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. and find out the answers to many questions. An exclusive adventure awaits you!

The following scavenger hunts are available. When copying, please copy double-sided, then fold them in half to make a booklet. We also have classroom activities you can do with your class either before or after your visit to the Aquarium.


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