Now Offering Virtual Learning Opportunities

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies now offers fun, engaging, standards-based programs that will change how your students look at the ocean world. Each program is 30 – 60 minutes in length and ends with a live Q&A with one of our educators. We have programs from Pre-K through 12th grade, ranging from learning how animals move to dissections, and exclusive behind the scenes tours.

Programs are based on staff availability and pre-registration is required. Interested? Email for more information!


Virtual Classroom Programs

Learning remotely or can’t join us at the Aquarium for an in-person classroom experience? Join us virtually! Get a glimpse into Ripley’s Marine Biology department and the animals that call the Aquarium home. This pre-recorded lesson is followed by a live Q&A with an Aquarium educator.

$15 per family +tax

Virtual Classroom Programs begin at 3:00 p.m. EST

2021 Classes

  • New Dates Soon to be Announced


Animal Spotlights

Step into Ripley’s aquatic world, as you discover more about animal habitats, specific species, and how we are all connected with Ripley’s Marine Biology department. Each month, Ripley’s Animal Spotlights will feature a new Aquarium gallery or animal. Each program is followed by a live Q&A with an Aquarium educator. Some portions of the Animal Spotlight may be pre-recorded due to animal availability.

$20 per family +tax

2021 Classes

  • May 26: Behind the SEAS-nes


Educator On-Demand Programs

While Ripley’s Virtual Classroom Programs and Animal Spotlights occur on pre-determined dates and on pre-determined subjects, our Educator On-Demand Programs cater to your learning needs and times. Work with our team of educators to create a lesson for your group, adapted to any grade level or learning curve, aligned to Tennessee Science Standards and NGSS.

$100 per program +tax


Behind the Scenes Virtual Tour

Join a Ripley’s Aquarium educator as you explore what it takes to run the Aquarium! Each tour lasts 40 – 60 minutes and is fitting for any age. The Behind the Scenes Virtual Tour can be tailored to your group’s needs, but can include how we filter our water, up-close animal encounters, Ripley’s quarantine habitats, food preparation, water chemistry labs, and much more. Work with us on exactly what you want to get out of this unique experience. You get exclusive access behind the scenes and—since it’s all virtual—don’t even have to smell us prepping the penguins’ lunch!

$125 per program

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