2016-2017 Family Homeschool Class

We are offering a once-a-month class just for homeschool families!  Each month we will examine a different marine life topic through age-appropriate activities for children ages 4 - 12.

Each 90 minute class is structured in the following way:

  1. Group introduction to the class topic
  2. Divide the class into two age groups
  3. Each age group will work with a staff member to learn about the topic through classroom discussion, hands-on activities, and exploring the exhibits and animals here in the building.
  4. Final wrap-up with entire group

Dates & Topics
Class meets at 10:00am until 11:30am

  • September 19th 2016 - Introduction to Marine Animals
  • October 17th 2016 - Sharks/Skates/Rays
  • November 14th 2016 - Echinoderms and Mollusks
  • December 12th 2016 - Crustaceans and their Exoskeletons 
  • January 23rd 2017 - Deep Sea/Layers of the Ocean
  • February 13th 2017 - Gills, fins and scales - All about Fish!
  • March 13th 2017 - Animal Classification
  • April 10th 2017 - Squid Dissection

Parents and guardians must remain on site and stay with their children.  

$96 for the first child in a family ($72 for members) for the complete session. There is a $10 discount for each additional child.  No refunds.

There is also a $15 drop-in rate ($12 members) per class as space allows.  Please call to see if space is available.  401-885-4690

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Field Trip

Program is adapted to your homeschoolers' level. 

$7 per person (both children and adults). $250 minimum.

90 minute private program held in the morning.

Students will explore the facility with a focus on our hands-on exhibits, followed by a live animal demonstration.  Scavenger hunts will be available for students to complete.


2016-2017 High School Marine Biology Class

What: High-School level marine biology class using “Marine Biology:  An Introduction to Ocean Ecosystems” by Amy Sauter Hill,  Walch Publishing.  

Who:  High school students.  Minimum of 8 students needed to run the class.  Max class size of 20.

When: September through April. One Monday each month, 10:00 - 11:30 AM.  Classes covering two chapters may run until 12 PM.

Class Cost:  $20 per class with a one-time $15 materials fee per student - this will cover all lab related materials.  Total cost for the year $175

Materials:  Each student must purchase their own student book and lab manual.  Materials are available through the publisherAmazon or Rainbow Resource.

Course Details:
Students will be required to read the designated chapter(s) before each class. Chapters will be reviewed in class and labs will be performed together.  

May 17th:  Informational Meeting (attendance not required), 6:30-7:30pm,
RSVP required.  E-mail or call Aimee, 401-885-4690.

June 30th:  Deposit of $50 due to reserve spot in class

August 29th:  Orientation, 10:00-11:00 AM

September 12th:  Estuaries: A Wetland Study (Meet at site TBD)

October 3rd:  Kelp Forests: Determining the Effects of Variations in Salinity on Aquatic Algae

November 7th:  The Living Sea: Mapping the Seafloor

December 5th:  Coral Reefs: A Study of Cnidarian Behavior & Open Ocean: A Study of Plankton

January 9th:  Islands: The Effects of Wave Action and Hard Stabilization on a Barrier Island & Rocky Shores:  Adaptive Behavior of a Fish in a Rocky-Shore Habitat

February 6th:  Tide Pools: A Study of Environmental Change in a Laboratory Tide Pool & Sandy Beaches: Determining the Origin of Sand Samples

March 6th:  Subtidal Soft Bottoms: A Comparison of Segmented Worms and Flatworms & The Abyss:  Bioluminescence: A Look at Living Light

April 3rd:  Environmental Ethics: Envisioning a Sustainable Coastal Community 

May 8th:  Make-up day 5:30-7pm

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