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PROGRAMS & FIELD TRIPS

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies strives to provide students of all ages and adults with an interactive, educational experience while building an understanding of the aquatic world and the need to conserve and protect it. We invest immersive detail into our programs and our goal is to develop each person’s passion for marine stewardship.

We offer a varied selection of grade level based classroom programs designed to meet the Next Generation Science and Common Core Standards. 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.

PLANNING

Whether you have been planning field trips for years or this is your time, our Education Department is here to help with anything you may need. From the first stages of planning to arrival, we strive to make this a smooth experience for teachers, students and parents.

Requesting Your Date: The Aquarium takes school groups any day of the year. If you are choosing to book a classroom program we advise providing several available times on your reservation form as classroom times are on a first come first served basis.

Choosing Your Experience: Groups can choose to do a self-guided tour only or a self-guided tour and a classroom program. One classroom program comes free with every paid reservation and last approximately 30-45 minutes. Classroom programs are offered every hour on the half beginning at 9:30 am. A self-guided tour will give you access to the Aquarium for the day, including feedings and dive shows.

Classroom Programs: Classroom programs are linked to the Next Generation Science and Common Core standards. Most programs include one or more hands on activities and all programs include a conservation message. There is a maximum of 40 students per classroom program. See the list of classroom program descriptions below!

Arrival Time: The Aquarium opens at 9:00 am every day. Due to the volume of school groups that attend the facility please provide a realistic arrival time when filling out your reservation form as this time frame will determine parking availability.

RATES

Students (all ages) – $7.14 +tax per person ($7.82)
*Additional adults are the same price as the students, as long as they are included on the school payment.

Non-School Educational Groups (Ages 6-11) – $10.99 +tax per person ($12.28)
Non-School Educational Groups (Ages 2-5) – $5.99 +tax per person ($6.69)

Comp Chaperone Policy (Grades PreK – 2) – One FREE Chaperone for every 5 paid students
Comp Chaperone Policy (Grades 3 – 12) – One FREE Chaperone for every 10 paid students

Tax – Tennessee Tax is 11.75%, unless Tennessee State or Federal 501 (c) 3 Tax Exempt Form is provided prior to arrival and payment is made by organization check/credit card. 2% City of Gatlinburg tax cannot be waived regardless of tax exempt status.

*School Rates and Group Rates cannot be combined for the same field trip, regardless of student age.

THE REEF CHALLENGE!

The Ripley’s ExtremE Field Trip Challenge is an action packed 3 Attraction adventure!

During this NEW standards-based experience, middle and high school students will use their critical thinking skills as well as teamwork to complete several challenges. During these tasks, teams will be directed to various Gatlinburg Ripley’s Attractions!

DETAILS:

Cost: Only $14.99 +tax Per Person
3 Attractions: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze

Reservations through the Education Department are Required:
888-240-1358 ext.2142
education@ripleys.com
Or, Fill out the form below!
Fax: 865-430-8818

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FAQs

Where do we park?

There are 6 bus parking spots located directly behind the Aquarium. These spots are first come first served. If none of these spots are available your bus will unload and then be directed to an alternate parking area. Parents are not permitted to park in bus parking at any time. There is a city owned parking garage located directly behind bus parking that parents should park in.

Where do we go to check in?

Upon arrival, the lead field trip coordinator should check the group in at the Aquarium Guest Services window. We advise allowing 10-15 minutes for check in.

Where do we go for our classroom program?

If you have booked a classroom program you should meet the educator outside of the Discovery Center classrooms at the time listed on your confirmation. The Discovery Center is located in the middle lower level of the Aquarium.

How many students can fit in a classroom program?

We can fit a maximum of 40 students per classroom program depending on the grade level. Parents may not be permitted in the classroom program depending on the class size.

Can we bring bagged lunches?

The Aquarium does not allow outside food into the Aquarium. If you are bringing bag lunches, you are welcome to eat them outside on the plaza or on the bus. We ask that if you choose to eat outside on the plaza you clean up your area when finished.

When do you need the final numbers?

Final numbers are due 72 hours prior to your arrival date.

What if we are tax exempt?

We only accept a Tennessee State Tax form or a Federal 501(c)3 form. Once we receive a copy of the form we can take off all taxes except for a 2% City of Gatlinburg tax that cannot be waived. We MUST receive the tax form prior to your arrival; taxes will not be removed or refunded if we do not have it in hand before you check in.

Do you have Discounts for Education Personnel?

Yes! We have Education Appreciation Days in the Fall. September 25-27, 2015 School Staff personnel are FREE and up to 4 additional guests will get 50% OFF!
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SCHOOL GROUPS

Bring your class to the Aquarium for a fun filled educational experience. Standard-based programs are available free of charge along with a paid tour. Don’t want to pack a lunch? Book a box lunch or pizza party with us as well.

Cost Per Person – $7.14 +tax
Chaperone Discount – 1 Free Chaperone per 10 paid students
Pizza Party Cost Per Person – $5.75 +tax
Box Lunch Cost Per Person – $4.95 +tax

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EDUCATION GROUPS

Are you part of an afterschool program? Bring your students to the Aquarium for a fun filled day. Standard-based programs are available free of charge along with a paid tour. Don’t want to pack a lunch? Book a box lunch or pizza party with us as well.

Cost Per Person – $10.99 +tax
Chaperone Discount – 1 Free Chaperone per 10 paid students
Pizza Party Cost Per Person – $5.75 +tax
Box Lunch Cost Per Person – $4.95 +tax

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HOME SCHOOL

Home school families always receive the student rate at all Sevier County Ripley’s Attractions. To receive the home school rates bring proof of home schooling (i.e. attendance record, membership card, etc.) Any student and teaching parents may receive the discounted rate. Monthly home school classes are available, for more information contact the Education Department.

Cost Per Person – $7.14 +tax
Chaperone Discount – 1 Free Chaperone per 10 paid students

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OUTREACH PROGRAM

Let us come to you! Most classroom programs offered at the Aquarium are available to you as an outreach program. We also offer custom programs that can be tailored for your classroom needs.

Cost For First Program – $210
Travel Fees May Apply if you are over 50 miles away
Maximum – 40 Students

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PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM

Join us once a month for our Sea Squirts program. It is a themed educational and fun program that introduces your preschoolers to fun ocean topics.

Cost – $20 +tax (includes one preschooler and one adult)

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TEACHER WORKSHOPS

Need some In Service or Continuing Education Credits? Let us foster marine life and environmental education to your classrooms. We will give lesson plans and activity ideas that will help inspire your students.

Cost – $50 +tax (for a group of 10 teachers)

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