Life Science Programs

The Tennessee Aquarium offers Life Science Programs to home school students each year. One day a month (from September through March) students visit the Aquarium for a two-hour class. The classes are based on national and state science standards and include hands-on experiments and inquiry. Classes are divided into grades (4-6 and 7-10) and the subject matter changes each year. 

Tennessee Aquarium Home School Science Classes 2014 - 2015 Schedule: 
Grades: Two separate classes (4th through 6th grade and 7th through 10th grade)
Dates: Second Tuesday of each month from September through March.
Time: 9:00 AM till 11:00 AM
Cost: $70.00 per student for the year.
Space is limited!

If you are interested in your child attending our science classes, contact Bray McDonald at or call (423) 785-4093. 

Homeschool Day

Our Homeschool Day will be on Monday, January 26, 2015.  Mark your calendars! We are offering great discounts for admission to the Tennessee Aquarium, the IMAX Theater, and the gift shops in each facility (See special rates below). Programs will be offered in the auditorium from 11 am to 3 pm and special behind-the-scenes tours will be offered just for that day. We will have animal encounters each hour throughout the two aquarium buildings. So don’t miss this special day of fellowship with other home school students and their families.

Homeschool Students (on Homeschool Day only) pay:
  $7.00 Aquarium
  $5.00 IMAX
  $11.00 Combination Aquarium and IMAX

Home School Parents (on Home School Day only) pay:
  $24.50 Aquarium
  $ 7.75 IMAX
  $30.50 Combination Aquarium and IMAX

Home school students and parents will receive a 10% discount at the Aquarium Gift Shops. Members of the Aquarium who are home school students or parents can receive a 20% discount on this day only.

Tickets for a guided behind-the-scenes tour will be available for $5.00 on this special day and must be purchased at the ticket office when you purchase your tickets for the Aquarium or IMAX.  These discounts are only offered during our home school day.

Field Trips

Bring your family to the Tennessee Aquarium and make fascinating discoveries about the natural world. Use these printable materials to enhance the educational content of your experience.  Home school groups of at least 10 students are eligible for the school group rate and a free educational program with advanced reservations.  Call the Reservations Department: at (423) 265-0698 or (800) 262-0695 ext. 3600 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Reservations will be accepted up to 10 working days prior to your visit. 

Volunteer Opportunities

The Tennessee Aquarium offers two volunteer positions for students. Youth volunteers assist Aquarium guests in several exhibits by sharing information about the animals and habitats represented. Day camp volunteers assist in all aspects of summer camp, including crafts, games, snacks and lessons.  You may contact Gina Howell at for more information about volunteering.