Please call to schedule your program at 401-885-4690. If you already have a program booked, please confirm online.

In-Class Programs

Biomes has been conducting in-class programs since 1989. These programs involve interactive and hands-on live animal demonstrations for pre-k through grade 12. 

All grade levels (Pre-K - Grade 12), 45 minutes
$150 1st class, $75 per additional class (30 student limit per class)

$25 per day travel fee to Massachusetts and Connecticut up to 40 miles from Biomes
$50 per day travel fee to Massachusetts and Connecticut 40-60 miles from Biomes
More than 60 miles away - call for pricing

$25 idle hour fee

Mileage calculations will be made using Google Maps.

After School Programs

Have Biomes bring our After School Marine Life Series to you. Our series on marine animals is a great way to continue learning after the school bell rings. We have several different programs to choose from. Programs can be customized to fit your needs. Have us come in for one week, or up to 12 weeks.

$150 per session
$25 per day travel fee to Massachusetts and Connecticut up to 40 miles from Biomes
$50 per day travel fee to Massachusetts and Connecticut 40-60 miles from Biomes
More than 60 miles away - call for pricing

Mileage calculations will be made using Google Maps.


All topics can be adapted to any grade-level unless otherwise noted.  Please contact us if there is a specific topic you would like to have covered that is not listed below.  Teachers using FOSS Kits are encouraged to contact us as we are developing in-class programs to compliment the kits.

Introduction to Marine Animals
Perhaps the most requested of all our school programs, this is an introduction to local marine life featuring ten of our most fascinating species. With age appropriate discussion and animal petting, this program is lively and highly educational. Many marine-related concepts are presented such as habitats, predator/prey, exoskeletons, camouflage and regeneration.

Sample animals include sea star, brittle starfish, spider crab, horseshoe crab, and a pufferfish demonstration.

Teacher Packet

Squid, Octopus and Other Cephalopods
Possibly the most fascinating, and certainly the most intelligent types of marine life, we will learn about the four types of cephalopods (a name meaning "head-footed").  We will study the preserved anatomy of our jumbo squid, the structure of a nautilus shell, color and texture changing skills of the cuttlefish, and octopus intelligence.  

We can take this class a step further with a squid dissection.  Dissection runs for 45 minutes.

Echinoderms: The Spiny-Skinned Animals
Sea stars are perhaps the best known invertebrate on our shore, but there are so many misconceptions of this animal. We'll correct these myths and introduce students to some of its many relatives such as sea urchins, sand dollars, and sea cucumbers.  

Gills, Fins and Scales
In this class, students are going to learn a lot about the anatomy of bony fish.  How the gills work, the different types of teeth, scale types, and fins are some of the fish facts introduced in the lesson. 

We offer a second class to accompany Gills, Fins and Scales where students can learn even more through a guided fish dissection for grades 5-12. Dissection runs for 45 minutes and is an additional $30.

How Animals Protect Themselves
Although this presentation can stand on its own, it is usually used as a follow-up to In-class #1, this program uses live animal interactions to demonstrate the many different ways that animals can protect themselves. Protective behaviors such as camouflage, schooling and habitat selection is discussed in depth. We will also cover protective tools these animals use such as claws, shells and exoskeletons.

Sample animals include oyster, oyster drill, sea urchin, lobster, periwinkle, butterflyfish, and flounder.

Sharks, Skates, and Rays
Thrill your class with this program discussing some of the ocean’s most feared and misunderstood animals. Using live animals and visuals, we will dispel common myths and explore the lives of these extraordinary creatures.

Sample animals include baby skate, fertile skate egg, live cat shark, megalodon and great white teeth, and an intact shark jaw.

Squid Dissection 
We take squid dissection to the next level with this program. We will lead your class through a dissection using chemical-free squid, as well as displays and preserved specimens from our own jumbo squid dissection. Combining extreme learning with a moderate eww-factor.  Additional $30 materials fee per class.

Bivalves and Univalves
This is a slow moving animal group that exhibits a fascinating array of behaviors. Mollusks utilize nearly every type of feeding method in the ocean.  Students explore animals such as limpets, whelks, oysters, quahogs, and mussels.  

This hand-on program can include a clam dissection for grades 5-12.  Dissection runs for 45 minutes and is an additional $30.

Beach Combers
This class is about the many beautiful discoveries we can find on our shores without getting our feet wet.  We bring dry samples of many common RI beach finds, such as quahog shells, spider crab exoskeletons, and skate eggs.  Then, we will compare them with live samples. 

Classification: Using a Dichotomous Key
Learn how to identify common sea animals using a dichotomous key.  This program introduces students to classification by observing the animal’s physical characteristics, then using the key to identify them.  Live animals are used.

Classification: Marine Taxonomy  
We bring animals that are easy to recognize and fall into one of four different phyla.  By looking at what makes them similar, we can decide which phyla they belong to.           

Crustaceans and Their Exoskeletons
Crustaceans include animals such as crabs, shrimp, and lobsters. Learn about their exoskeleton, anatomy, feeding, and protection behaviors. We'll also talk about barnacles, a group of non-moving crustaceans.  

Horseshoe Crabs
Learn about this ancient and fascinating creature that has been on this planet for 250 million years.  We'll discuss how they feed, reproduce, and protect themselves, as well as how important they are to humans and shorebirds.  

Marine Invertebrates
Biomes houses the largest collection of New England invertebrates in the world. From starfish to sea cucumbers, we'll introduce students to a large variety of animals without backbones.  Hands-on activities include live and dry samples.  

Please call to schedule your program at 401-885-4690