Teacher Resources

Make your field trip a learning expedition by using the following downloadable educational materials.

Educational Scavenger Hunts

Research shows that the most effective field trips are "limited choice."  Try these activities as alternatives to traditional scavenger hunts. Students may work in small groups on their own or lead by a chaperone. Have suggestions for how to improve these guides or want to request new topics?  Email the Education Department

Biome Tour
Habitat Tour
Adaptations Tour


Turn your field trip to the Aquarium into a scavenger hunt!  Not only will AquaQuest enhance your students’ learning experience, but they will have fun discovering all the answers. Choose the appropriate grade level below and print a copy of the pdf.  Please keep in mind, writing against the exhibits or graphic panels may scratch the acrylic so please provide each student with something to write on such as a notebook or clipboard and a pencil.

K - 2nd AquaQuest K - 2nd AquaQuest Answers
3rd - 5th AquaQuest 3rd - 5th AquaQuest Answers
6th - 8th AquaQuest 6th - 8th AquaQuest Answers
9th - 12th AquaQuest 9th - 12th AquaQuest Answers

Dichotomous Keys

These dichotomous keys will help you identify the fish in the Gulf of Mexico and Nickajack Lake exhibits in River Journey and the Secret Reef exhibit in Ocean Journey.  Use the blank dichotomous key to making your own.

Tennessee River Dichotomous Key
Secret Reef Dichotomous Key
River Giants Dichotomous Key
Build Your Own Dichotomous Key

IMAX Movies & Educator Guides

Our exciting IMAX movies offer students an additional learning experience. Click here to see current film schedules, or ask a reservationist about our "Teacher's Choice" options. 

Click the following links to find the educator's guide for the Teacher's Choice options:
Apollo 11
Backyard Wilderness: The Wild Around You
Born To Be Wild
Deep Sea
Dream Big
Great Barrier Reef
Humpback Whales
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
National Parks Adventure
Oceans: Our Blue Planet
Space Station
Superpower Dogs
Under the Sea

Sensory Bags

Educational supplements are available for visually impaired guests. Each sensory bag consists of a duffel bag (one for Ocean Journey and one for River Journey) which has hands-on props and printed information for dictation. If someone in your group would like to use the sensory bag during their visit, please check with a Guest Services Associate when you arrive.


If none of these topics fit your needs, please contact our Education Department by phone (423-785-4176) or email and we will be happy to direct your request.

diver with a sea turtle


Find all kinds of behind-the-scenes pictures and information about your favorite aquatic getaway located in the heart of downtown.