School Group Programs

School Group Programs

Education Programs are FREE for school groups visiting the Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX 3D Theater.

Education programs are available from September through May, Mondays through Fridays. FREE programs are limited to one per school group.
Click on the grade level links below to see program options. Critter Close-up animal presentation is the recommended program for mixed-age and special needs groups.

Hands-On Classroom Programs for groups 10 to 120 students:

Students are taught by an Aquarium Educator in our state of the art classrooms.  Programs last 45 minutes and may be scheduled at 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM or 2:00 PM. 

K-3rd  4th - 8th  9th - 12th Special Needs

Presentations for groups 10 to 180 students:

Critter Close-up (preK-8th)

Students meet a variety of reptiles and amphibians, learn about the different habitats they live in, their roles in the environment and the unique adaptations which help them survive. Presentations are available to school groups of up to 180 Students. Programs last 45 minutes and may be scheduled at 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM,12:00 PM, or 1:00.

Auditorium presentations for high school students:

  • Sustainable seafood
  • Aquarium Careers
  • Chemistry at the Aquarium

Auditorium programs are 30 minutes long.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours for groups of 10 to 40 students:

Behind the Scenes Tours are available for small groups in grades 4-12 for a fee of $6.00 per student. Find out how we recreate habitats in the Aquarium as you are led from the aquarium kitchen to the filtration room. Food, water, shelter, and space are highlighted as students discover what it takes to keep over 10,000 plants and animals healthy. Group size is limited to 15 participants per tour and we can offer up to three 45-minute tours at the same time.

To schedule your programs call (423) 265-0698 and speak with a reservationist. The Tennessee Aquarium Group Reservation Department is available Monday through Friday 8:45 AM to 4:30 PM ET. For more information about our programs or to have us design a special program just for your group, email