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Journey through the Aquatic Wonders

Did you know not all fish have scales? What about the fact that some sharks can go through approximately 30,000 teeth in their lifetime? Aquatic species have unique adaptations that help them survive in their environment.

Immerse your class in the aquatic wonders of the gulf and beyond with a field trip to Mississippi Aquarium. As your class explores our 5.8 acre campus, they'll be spellbound by the diverse habitats of the Mississippi River, Coastal Mississippi and beyond. Choose from either a self-guided exploration or book one of our instructor-led programs aligned with our state’s science standards. Our instructor-led field trips include classroom instruction.
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What better way to inspire minds and create connections to the natural world than with a journey full of aquatic wonder!

Instructor-Led Curriculum

foundations & instruction in Natural Sciences (FINS) | Grades k-5

Life Cycles: Turtle Treasures

L.K.2, L.1.2, L.2.2
  • Students will investigate the life cycles of living organisms and identify the different forms organisms may take during the stages of the life cycle.

Physical Structures: SHARK SECRETS

L.K.1B, L.2.1
  • Students will identify and describe animal body parts as it relates to their sensory organs. They will understand the classification of animals based on physical characteristics.

Adaptations: COOL CAMO

  • Students will discuss the physical and behavioral adaptations that allow plants and animals to grow and survive in specific environments amid habitat change.

Natural Resources: EARTH ENERGY

E.3.10, E.4.10, E.5.10
  • Students will identify the differences between renewable and nonrenewable resources. They will understand the importance of sustainability and conserving Earth’s natural resources.


  • Students will obtain and evaluate scientific information regarding the characteristics of different ecosystems and the organisms they support. They will discuss how organisms are related in food webs.

STEM Enriching Activities in Schools (SEAS) | Grades 6-8


L.6.4, L.8.4B
  • Students will demonstrate the use of a dichotomous key to classify organisms based on the characteristics of the Kingdoms.


L.6.3, L.7.3, L.8.4A
  • Students will describe the relationships between biotic and abiotic factors in relation to survival.

Future Innovators in Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) | Grades 9-12


ENV.2, MAQ.1
  • Students will examine various indicators of water quality and describe the effects of pollution on human and non-human consumption.


ENV.2, ENV.4
  • Students will formulate solutions to minimize the impact of human activities on the environment. They will study conservation initiatives and participate in efforts to restore ecosystems.

Symbiosis & Limiting Factors: RICH RELATIONSHIPS

BIO.5, ENV.1
  • Students will apply knowledge and understanding of symbiosis and investigate ecological succession using real-world examples.

Self-Guided Curriculum

Foundations and Instruction in Natural Sciences (FINS) | Grades K-5

Alive and thrive

  • Students will understand the difference between living and nonliving things and find examples at Mississippi Aquarium.

Making Sense  

  • Students will investigate the senses of animals and relate this to their own senses. Students will use their senses and observations to gain information about the exhibits at Mississippi Aquarium

Circle of Life  

  • Students will understand what makes up a healthy ecosystem and investigate the ecosystems at Mississippi Aquarium. Students will also learn about how animals are connected using food webs, while relating that to the animals at Mississippi Aquarium.

Amazing Adaptations  

  • Students will learn how animals are affected by their environment and how adaptations can help animals survive. Students will investigate the adaptations of animals at Mississippi Aquarium.

Healthy HOmes

E.4.9c, E.4.10
  • Students will learn about the various sources of energy used for human needs and investigate their effectiveness and impacts. Students will also investigate the adaptations of animals at Mississippi Aquarium.

STEM Enriching Activities in Schools (SEAS) | Grades 6-8

Hidden HandS

  • Students will investigate evidence for common ancestry through learning about and comparison of homologous structures found in animals at Mississippi Aquarium.

Needy Neighbors

  • Students will investigate organizations of ecosystems and how abiotic and biotic environmental changes can affect animal populations. Students will also learn about how animals are connected using food webs, while relating that to the animals at Mississippi Aquarium.

Climate Conundrum

  • Students will analyze and discuss real evidence regarding sources of greenhouse gas accumulation. Students will investigate how changes to habitats as a result of climate change may affect animal populations.

Future Innovators in Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) | Grades 9-12

Brown to Blue: Down the Bayou

MAQ.3, MAQ.4
  • Students will learn about the aquatic habitats present at the Aquarium while taking them on a journey from the brown freshwater habitats to the blue Gulf of Mexico.

Probing the population puzzle

BIO.5, ENV.1, FB 6
  • Students will learn about population growth and utilize graphical representations to understand limiting factors that affect growth.

Zoology: Connecting the Critters

ZOO.1, ZOO.7, ZOO.8, ZOO.9, ZOO.10
  • Students will learn to identify key characteristics of animal classes and how those characteristics inform about the relatedness of animals through construction and analysis of cladograms.
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