Field Trips at The Living Planet Aquarium

On-Site School Programs

Thank you for your interest in The Living Planet Aquarium’s unique, educational experiences! Please read through the information on this page to learn more about what we can offer you during your visit to The Living Planet Aquarium.

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Our on-site school programs are specifically designated for qualifying SCHOOL groups. Refer to the chart below for more information.

School Groups

eligible for EcoVenture Classes and Group Visits

Non-school Groups

eligible for Group Visits
Public Schools (Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade) Families
Charter Schools (Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade) Summer Camps
Private Schools (Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade) Church, Community and Non-Profit Groups (e.g., Scouts)
Home-School Groups of 15 students or more Child Care and Day Care Programs
After-School Programs funded by a school district Pre-School or After-School Programs NOT funded by a school district
If you have determined that you are a school group; you are in the right place! You can find more information about our school field trips and scheduling below. If you have any questions or would like assistance with scheduling a school field trip, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (801) 355-3474, ext. 206. If you have determined that you are not a school group, please visit the Group Sales Page to complete the Group Reservation Form. For more information or assistance with scheduling a group reservation, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (801) 355-3474, ext 216.

School Groups

We offer two options for school group visits to the aquarium. For teachers looking for a self-guided experience AND a classroom style program, you can schedule EcoVenture Classes. For teachers looking for a self-guided experience only, you can schedule a school group visit. All school groups receive a discounted rate.

EcoVenture Classes

Our on-site EcoVenture Classes for Pre-Kindergarten (4-5 year olds) through 12th grade offer a unique classroom experience with one of our science educators. Each EcoVenture Class is designed for a maximum of 35 students at a time. If you are bringing more than 35 students at a time, you can split your students into smaller groups and we can schedule multiple EcoVenture Class start-times during your visit to accommodate your group that is larger than 35 students.

Depending on the grade level, each EcoVenture Class last 20-35 minutes and is located in our Sunken Ship. For school groups that are scheduling multiple EcoVenture Classes during one visit, please plan on spending at least 2 hours at the aquarium.

All EcoVenture Classes align with the Utah State Core Curriculum guidelines by grade level, as well as the National Science Education Standards and North American Association of Environmental Education Guidelines. This integrated, purpose-driven approach provides for a rich and interesting experience for students of all ages.

***Please note that the aquarium is constantly changing, rotating animals, and adding new exhibits. Because of this fluctuation we ask that you print the current student research booklets and teacher guides from the webpage. If you use student research booklets or teacher guides from a previous year you may find that you are unable to get answers to all of the questions. We do our best to keep our student research booklets and teacher guides up to date. We appreciate you printing our current materials, as these are the ones that will best facilitate your students’ learning while at the aquarium.

EcoVenture Class Description of Class Available for the following grades: Teacher Guide
Shapes and Colors Take a close look at live animals and explore how shapes and colors help them survive through camouflage and other traits. PreK - K
(PreK = 4-5 year olds entering Kindergarten next year)
PreK-K Shapes and Colors
Fun with Maps Use mapping skills in this interactive program to find out where things live based on their needs. Compare habitats of different living things. 1st grade 1st Grade Fun with Maps
Animal Observations Examine different animals to find out if they prefer a warm or cold habitat. Through observation, students will find out what helps these animals survive in their home. 1st grade 1st Grade Animal Observations
Blue Whale Discover relationships within ocean communities. Use scientific measurement to compare the size of the majestic Blue Whale with other creatures. 2nd grade 2nd Grade Blue Whale
Tides Use the phenomenon of tides to learn about interactions of the Earth, Moon, and Sun. Learn about living and non-living things impacted by changing tides. 3rd grade 3rd Grade Exploring Tides
Utah’s Wetlands Develop an understanding of the physical characteristics of Utah’s wetlands. Identify adaptations of various wetland animals. 4th grade 4th Grade Utah’s Wetlands
Fish Characteristics Explore the anatomy of interesting aquatic creatures. Learn how inherited traits play a role in the struggle for survival. 5th grade 5th Grade Fish Characteristics
Microorganisms Learn how microorganisms range from simple to complex. Find out how microorganisms play an important role in nature, sometimes in unexpected ways. 6th grade 6th Grade Microorganisms
Shark Adaptations Take a close look at different features that make sharks unique creatures and successful predators. 3rd – 6th grade Teacher Guide Coming Soon!
Aquarium Careers Focus on different career opportunities in zoos and aquariums. Learn about steps required to advance in the field. 7th-12th grade 7th -8th grade teacher's guide
Shark Biology Explore the adaptations that help make sharks some of the most fascinating predators in the ocean. 7th-12th grade Teacher Guide Coming Soon!
Native vs. Non-Native Species (for groups of 30 students or less) Distinguish native species, non-native species, and invasive species through observations. This program helps students understand how native species interact within their ecosystems. 7th-12th grade Teacher Guide Coming Soon!
Threatened and Endangered Species Discuss how human influences are impacting threatened and endangered species. Using critical thinking, students are asked to infer likely causes of population decline in various species. 7th-12th grade Coming Soon!
Fish Form and Function Learn how a fish can inform you about its life history. Students predict how the fish will survive in the wild based on their body shape. 7th-12th grade Teacher Guide Coming Soon!
Symbiotic Relationships/Food Web Interactions Focus on the many kinds of relationships among species. Terminology includes: producers and consumers, the 3 types of symbiotic relationships - mutualism, parasitism, and commensalism. 7th-12th grade Teacher Guide

Education Materials for Aquarium Visits

Prior to your visit to The Living Planet Aquarium, we recommend that you download, print and use the Teacher Guide (download in chart in EcoVenture Class section above), as well as the Student Research Booklet. Both resources were developed specifically to enhance and maximize learning experiences at the aquarium.

Note:Pdf documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and view. If you do not have the reader you can download it for free here.

PreK - K

Student Research Document

1st - 2nd Grade

Student Research Document

3rd - 4th Grade

Student Research Booklet

5th - 6th Grade

Student Research Booklet

Secondary (7th-12th Grade) Research Handout

Student Research Booklet


Request an EcoVenture Class

Once you are ready to make a reservation, please use our online EcoVenture Class Reservation Request Form found below. Reservations must be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance. Submitting your request form does not guarantee that your EcoVenture Class has been scheduled. Your EcoVenture Class is guaranteed once you receive a confirmation e-mail.

In order to sign up for an EcoVenture Class, you must be a qualifying school group (see chart at top of page) and have a minimum of 15 attending students the day of your visit. EcoVenture Class dates in March, April and May fill quickly, so be sure to get your request in early!

If you have any questions, please call our School Programs On-Site Manager at (801) 355-3474 ext 206.

If you are not a school group (see chart at top of page), please submit the Group Reservation Form.


School Group Visits

Our school group visits are designed for schools who would like to explore the aquarium at their own pace without attending an EcoVenture Class. You can schedule a time during our business hours (10:00am to 6:00pm) to bring your students to the aquarium.

Anyone visiting the aquarium is welcome to download our teacher and student materials found on this website and use them during their visit.

Request a School Group Visit

Once you are ready to make a reservation, please use our online School Group Visit Reservation Request Form. Reservations must be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance. Submitting your request form does not guarantee that your school group visit has been scheduled. Your school group visit is guaranteed once you receive a confirmation e-mail.

In order to qualify for school group visit rates, you must be a qualifying school group (see chart at top of page) and have a minimum of 15 attending people. School group visits in March, April and May fill quickly, so be sure to get your request in early!

If you have any questions, please call our School Programs On-Site Manager at (801) 355-3474 ext 206.

If you are not a school group (see chart at top of page), please submit the Group Reservation Form.


School Group Visit Pricing Information

Please note: The prices listed below apply to school group who have submitted a School Group Visit Reservation Request Form and have received a confirmation email.
School TypeStudentsTitle 1 School* StudentsTeachersAdditional Adult ChaperonesSiblings**
Public, Charter, Private, Home (must present home school registration filed with resident school district) School $4.95 Free Free $6.95 $6.95
School groups that have not followed this reservation procedure are subject to regular admission prices.

Maximum Free Adult Chaperone Ratio***:

Pre-K - K 1:5
1st-12th 1:10
Special Needs 1:1

*Sponsored school group visits are available for Title 1 schools. A sponsored school group visit provides your students free admission into the aquarium. In return for your students’ free admissions, we ask that your class sends a Thank You to one of our sponsors after your visit to the aquarium. After your school group visit reservation is confirmed, we will send a separate e-mail with detailed information about your sponsored visit.

**We discourage bringing siblings along because of the important role of chaperones. Chaperones have a high level of responsibility for monitoring behavior and facilitating learning of several school-age children. However, sibling attendance is at the discretion of the classroom teacher.

***Additional chaperones are welcome to come and are subject to the prices listed in the previous table.