Homeschool days

Mississippi Aquarium welcomes homeschool families and groups to visit, explore, and participate in hands-on educational activities. Our themed programs are designed for students of all ages and are the perfect complement to any science curriculum.

What should my students expect?

After check-in, students will meet with one of the Aquarium's educators who will introduce the week's topic. Students will then partake in hands-on, educational activity stations, supervised by an educator. Supplemental materials will be available to guide learning during the activity. There will be an opportunity to meet one of our animal ambassadors and tour the Aquarium at your leisure.

Limit 1 adult  per 1-3 children
Limit 2 adults per 4 or more children

Additional adults are welcome to attend at the Group Admission
rate of $25.45 if purchased in advance.
Space is limited. We recommend you pre-register and purchase your tickets in advance.

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Program Time

8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Offered on one Tuesday and Thursday each month
8:40 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Program Cost

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Homeschool Topics

Guest instructors are subject to change

January 26 & 28:

  • Learn about the different endangered species that we have at Mississippi Aquarium, what threats they face, and how scientists are trying to protect them! Species you will learn about are the African penguin, American crocodile, Sand tiger shark, Paddlefish, and Green turtle.

February 23 & 25: Oceanography

  • Experience what it is like to be an oceanographer by investigating the physical and biological properties of the ocean! Students will learn about waves, barrier island movement and function,how salt affects water properties, and more!
  • Guest Instructor: Jonathan Harris from the Northern Gulf Institute - Director of Education and Outreach

march 23 & 25: Dolphins

  • March is Dolphin Awareness Month and what better way to celebrate than by learning about the natural history, anatomy, and adaptations of dolphins! You will also learn about Mississippi Aquarium’s research and conservation efforts and how YOU can be a steward for bottlenose dolphins.
  • Guest Instructor: Member(s) of dolphin team, Dr. Holley Muraco

April 20 & 22: 
Become a Conservation Hero

  • Learn about a variety of conservation-related issues and real ways that you can help conserve animals and their habitats! Students will also complete small projects like planting seeds and crafting from recycled materials to become a conservation hero!
  • Guest Instructor: 4/20 only, Pascagoula River Audubon Center

may 18 & 20: Zoology

  • Learn about the different classes of animals, including fish,amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Discover the diversity of animal in each class and what adaptations make them unique. You may even get to meet representatives of some animal classes!
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