2011–2012 Educational Classes
What Should You Expect?
Students will find themselves immersed in a watery world of sharks, rays, colorful tropical fish, and incredible hands-on learning experiences.
We offer a varied selection of programs designed to meet the curriculum standards set forth by state and national educators in the areas of Science, Math, Social Studies and English.
We strive to ensure that the experiences provided will be an extension of what is learned in the classroom, and to provide students with a deeper understanding of why it is important to protect and conserve our ocean’s environment.
The classes listed below may be adapted to any age level.
- ALL AGES
Who Wants to Be a Marine Biologist?
During this multiple choice quiz show students will be challenged to answer a number of different questions about the marine environment. Prizes are awarded and everyone is a winner.
Sharks Tails and Teeth
Students will learn fascinating facts about some of diverse group of sharks that live in the ocean. They will leave with an understanding of the important part that sharks play in our oceans ecosystems and why it is important to protect them.
Save the Wave
The ocean environment is such a valuable resource. Find out how our daily activities affect this fragile ecosystem and what we can do to help protect it for future generations.
CLASSES FOR PRE-K
Wiggles, Jiggles & Giggles Beneath the Sea
Dance like a dolphin and fly like a ray as we explore the wonderful world of sea creatures through movement and music. Students will learn how different underwater creatures make their way through the ocean.
Art and fun are the basis of this program designed especially for Pre – K students. Using art students will learn where different underwater animals live and why their habitats are so unique.
Octopus are one of the oceans most fascinating creatures. Find out what make octopus and their friends such unique creature during this fun and lovable story.
CLASSES FOR K-2nd GRADE
What Am I
Students are asked, ‘What Am I?’ when they are shown a close up view of some of the animals found in the ocean. After many amusing guesses, the animal’s identity is revealed along with some amazing facts.
Beach Creature Bingo
Using the popular game Bingo, students will learn about the fascinating sea creatures they may encounter while walking along the beach. From sea stars to jellies, you will discover and exciting world of marine life during this game.
Students will explore the characteristics of a habitat from the perspective of a goldfish. Are food, water, and shelter the only things a goldfish needs to survive? Find out during this hands-on discovery.
CLASSES FOR 3rd-5th GRADES
Where am I going?
Students will have a clear understanding of the migration route of sea animals. They will discover the amount of time and length of travel that specific animals make.
Endangered; Going, Going…..
South Carolina has a vast array of endangered marine species. Discover sea turtles, shore birds, fish, and invertebrates that are disappearing from our area. Why are these creatures important and what caused their decline.
Did you know that five of the seven sea turtles found throughout the world can be found right off the South Carolina coast? Discover the feeding and nesting habits of these beautiful creatures while learning what can be done to help protect and conserve them.
CLASSES FOR 6th-8th GRADES
Humpbacks sing, dolphins click and fish grunt. Students explore the sounds of the ocean during this program on the science of sounds.
Students will learn the migration of various shore birds. They will understand which birds remain in our area and specific adaptations these birds have to living in their environment. This includes a hands-on display of various bird sizes and wing spans.
Ocean Food Web
Through this activity students will explore how organisms in the ocean depend on each other. Students will use clues to make a food web and discover the interconnectedness of ocean organisms.
CLASSES FOR HIGH SCHOOL (9th-12th)
The Deep Sea
Students will learn about the secrets that exist in the deep ocean where new species of marine life are being discovered each day. Students will discover a new world of light that exists in the deep while being introduced to the world of bioluminescence.
Career in Marine Science
Explore a variety of fascinating careers in Marine Science. From animal training to water chemistry students can search for their niche in the dynamic field.
The following programs are lab based. A personal safety equipment including safety glasses and gloves will be provided.
How and where to Sea Shells come from? Find out as we identify several of our favorite shells found on the beach.
With the use of live animals, students will discover the diversity of animals without a backbone. Everyone will also be able to create their own invertebrate to take home.
3rd-5th, 6th-8th, High School
Explore the world of the Phylum Mollusca as we take a look at the unique survival adaptations in a hands-on squid dissection
During this lab we will take an inside look at how different fish are adapted for different habitats
6th-8th, High School
Shark Scene Investigator
What makes a shark a shark? Investigate several unique features as we take an inside look at a small shark.
Lunches for Your Group
The Feeding Frenzy Restaurant is a great choice for educational group lunches.
Click on Aquarium Lunches to get all the delicious information.
- Selections served cafeteria style. Lunches are served in half hour blocks.
- Lunch orders are due in our office 10-15 days prior to your arrival date. If lunch orders are not received Ripley’s Aquarium reserves the right to choose the lunch order for the Educational group.
- Final counts for lunch orders are due in writing, by fax 843-916-0752 three business days prior to your arrival date. Any changes not made will be your financial responsibility.
- Group Lunch.
GROUP LUNCH CHOICES
- Pizza Lunch: Once sliced cheese pizza, chips, small pack of cookies and a Drink
- Hot Gog Lunch: A hot dog, chips, small pack of cookies and a drink
- Chicken Nugget Lunch: Chicken Nuggest (Six Pieces), Chips, Small Pack of Cookies and a Drink
NOTE: Bag lunches are not allowed in Ripley’s Aquarium.
How Much Does It Cost?
- $6.50 per person for children in grades K through 12.
- $3.50 per person for all pre-school age children.
- $1.00 for souvenir Educational Programs.
- $1.00 for per person for Educational Classes.
- $2.00 per person for Investigative Labs.
We recognize the important role that teachers/chaperones play on field trips.
Please take a moment to review the guidelines for Teachers & Chaperones as well as Payments & Cancellations.
Teacher & Chaperones
- Grades Preschool 2-5 yrs old: 1 Adult per 5 Students FREE
- Grades Kindergarten–12th: 1 Adult per 10 Students FREE
- If an educational group requires one Teacher/Chaperone per student, we do not allow Teacher/Chaperone comps.
- We will allow one Teacher/Chaperone admitted in at our Teacher/Chaperone rate of $6.50 per student.
- Any additional Teachers/Chaperones above student head count will pay regular admission costs. These tickets can be purchased at our outside Ticket booth.
- If an Educational Group requires Teacher/Chaperones to pay individually upon arrival, the Teacher/Chaperone will pay our regular admission costs. These ticket can be purchased at our outside ticket booth.
- Teachers/Chaperones are required to stay with their group of students at all times!
Payments & Cancellations
- We accept one payment per group. It is the Educational Group’s responsibility to collect all monies for admissions, educational programs and school lunches from student, teachers and chaperones.
- We accept cash, credit cards and checks.
- Any educational group not allowed to travel with money must pre-pay three business days prior to your arrival date.
- Payment must be received in writing by fax at 843-916-0752.
- Any Changes that need to be made to an Educational Group reservation, including cancellations must be received in writing by fax 843-916-0752.
- A signed confirmation must be returned to the Group Sales office 14 days from processing date. If a signed confirmation is not received the reservation will automatically be cancelled.
How to Book Your School Group
- BY PHONE: Call Walter Lopez at 1-800-734-8888, ext. 3226
- ONLINE: Click the “Field Trip Reservation Form” button to make your reservation online. Easy!
FIELD TRIP RESERVATION FORM (click to open)
Contact Walter Lopez to make a reservation; or Michelle Ruthenberg, Program Director, for programming or curriculum questions at 1-800-734-8888, ext. 3226.