Ripley’s Aquarium offers special programs for all home schooled students during the school year. As rising stewards of the environment, students will participate in educational activities while learning how to become advocates of conservation in their communities. Investigating nature in a positive light will encourage students to educate others on how to practice environmental awareness each day.

Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance of the program date.

Homeschool Program Flyer


September 19: National Threatened Species Day

 Students will hear from a member of the Sawfish Conservation Society and will learn about the efforts we are taking to protect these animals.

October 17: Citizen Science

Students will learn about citizen science projects and will participate in a bird study where the data they find will be used in a national study!

November 14: World Fisheries Day

Students will learn why sustainable seafood is better for the environment as well as for your body! Everyone will receive a seafood watch card to help make the best choice when purchasing seafood.

December 19: Connecting Art & Nature

Students will explore the maritime forest ecosystem at Myrtle Beach State Park and tap into your creative side as we turn nature into art.

January 16: Shark Dissection

BACK AGAIN BY POPULAR DEMAND! Students will learn about the internal and external anatomy of a shark and will dissect in groups.
*Book early for this program as it fills up quickly and we have limited spots available!

February 20: Invasive Species Awareness

This program will introduce students to invasive species and will provide information on what you can do to prevent their spread. Students will participate in a game where they will see firsthand how invasive species effect ecosystems.

March 20: Birds of Prey/Owl Pellet Dissection

Students will learn about birds of prey and dissect an owl pellet!

April 17: Earth Day Celebration

Join us on this day for a beach clean-up followed by a shark tooth hunting session!

May 15: World Turtle Day

Meet us at the aquarium and center around our Green Sea Turtle Gabby for a day of fun!

Home schoolers always receive a discount at the aquarium!
Home School Rate: $6.50 per child (grades 1-8)

  • All topics subject to change
  • Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance of program date
  • Full payment is due upon booking. There are no refunds for any programs unless we must cancel the program.
  • If you need to cancel your reservation and you do so more than 24 hours in advance of the program date, we
    will hold your payment as credit for a future program as long as it is within that school year.
  • If you cancel within 24 hours of the program date or you do not show up for the program, you will not be refunded
    and payment will not be transferred to another date.

*You must provide proof of home schooling (home school membership card, letter of intent or attendance record)

What You Should Expect:

Most classes focus on marine life and ecosystems and aim to provide students with a deeper understanding of the importance of protecting and conserving our ocean’s environment. We have also added a new program with a great anti-bullying message

All classes include a lesson and hands-on activity. Some classes may include a craft or field trip.



This is a request for information only and does not guarantee a reservation.

You will receive an email notification to confirm your consent.