St. Lucie County Aquarium

St. Lucie County Aquarium is a public aquarium in Fort Pierce, Florida. It contains the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, a 3000-gallon model of a coral reef ecosystem, retired from the National Museum of Natural History. The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit at the St. Lucie County Aquarium features six different Florida marine and estuarine habitats for visitors to explore as they learn about the complexity and importance of marine ecosystems.

contact info

Hrs: Tuesday - Saurday 10AM - 4PM, Sunday 12PM - 4PM.

St. Lucie County Aquarium

Program activities include a scavenger hunt during which students will identify and match animals to their habitat, a visit to the touch tank, solving riddles and following clues to identify organisms in the tanks, using observational skills to answer questions about animal behaviors, using a dichotomous key to identify different seashells, calculating percent coverage for various bottom organisms, catching animals in the Indian River Lagoon using seine nets, and more. The aquarium also offers guided tours of the exhibits and live feedings, behind the scenes tours, and teacher loan kits on the topics of coral reefs, the Indian River Lagoon and ocean food chains.

supports classroom learning in:
Science, Environmental Science.

topics covered:
Animals, Biology, Classification, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental science, Evolution, Marine Life.

contact info
Name: Education Office.
Phone: 772-465-3271
Email: smseducation@si.edu

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Outreach. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: No.

Aquarium Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

• Did you know a sea cucumber can shoot its intestines at predators, and then regrow them, in order to avoid being eaten?

• An electric eel can produce 500 watts of electricity (that’s enough to light up 10 light bulbs) to frighten away predators.

• Dolphins sleep with one half of the brain and one eye open to watch for danger.

• No matter how many pieces you cut a sea sponge into each piece will continue living and growing.

• Ocean life can do amazing things to survive. As you visit an aquarium with your students, note the different ways animals defend themselves. Just like a squid, people wouldn’t bother you either if you squirted black ink in their face!

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St. Lucie County Aquarium

St. Lucie County Aquarium is a public aquarium in Fort Pierce, Florida. It contains the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, a 3000-gallon model of a coral reef ecosystem, retired from the National Museum of Natural History. The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit at the St. Lucie County Aquarium features six different Florida marine and estuarine habitats for visitors to explore as they learn about the complexity and importance of marine ecosystems.

contact info

Hrs: Tuesday - Saurday 10AM - 4PM, Sunday 12PM - 4PM.

St. Lucie County Aquarium

Program activities include a scavenger hunt during which students will identify and match animals to their habitat, a visit to the touch tank, solving riddles and following clues to identify organisms in the tanks, using observational skills to answer questions about animal behaviors, using a dichotomous key to identify different seashells, calculating percent coverage for various bottom organisms, catching animals in the Indian River Lagoon using seine nets, and more. The aquarium also offers guided tours of the exhibits and live feedings, behind the scenes tours, and teacher loan kits on the topics of coral reefs, the Indian River Lagoon and ocean food chains.

supports scout badges in:
Science, Environmental Studies.

topics covered:
Animals, Biology, Classification, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental science, Evolution, Marine Life.

contact info
Name: Education Office.
Phone: 772-465-3271
Email: smseducation@si.edu

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Outreach. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: No.

Aquarium Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

• Did you know a sea cucumber can shoot its intestines at predators, and then regrow them, in order to avoid being eaten?

• An electric eel can produce 500 watts of electricity (that’s enough to light up 10 light bulbs) to frighten away predators.

• Dolphins sleep with one half of the brain and one eye open to watch for danger.

• No matter how many pieces you cut a sea sponge into each piece will continue living and growing.

• Ocean life can do amazing things to survive. As you visit an aquarium with your students, note the different ways animals defend themselves. Just like a squid, people wouldn’t bother you either if you squirted black ink in their face!

View Lesson Plan>>

St. Lucie County Aquarium

St. Lucie County Aquarium is a public aquarium in Fort Pierce, Florida. It contains the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, a 3000-gallon model of a coral reef ecosystem, retired from the National Museum of Natural History. The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit at the St. Lucie County Aquarium features six different Florida marine and estuarine habitats for visitors to explore as they learn about the complexity and importance of marine ecosystems.

contact info

Hrs: Tuesday - Saurday 10AM - 4PM, Sunday 12PM - 4PM.

St. Lucie County Aquarium

Program activities include a scavenger hunt during which students will identify and match animals to their habitat, a visit to the touch tank, solving riddles and following clues to identify organisms in the tanks, using observational skills to answer questions about animal behaviors, using a dichotomous key to identify different seashells, calculating percent coverage for various bottom organisms, catching animals in the Indian River Lagoon using seine nets, and more. The aquarium also offers guided tours of the exhibits and live feedings, behind the scenes tours, and teacher loan kits on the topics of coral reefs, the Indian River Lagoon and ocean food chains.

topics covered:
Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Outreach.

contact info
Name: Education Office.
Phone: 772-465-3271
Email: smseducation@si.edu

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Outreach. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: No.

Aquarium Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

• Did you know a sea cucumber can shoot its intestines at predators, and then regrow them, in order to avoid being eaten?

• An electric eel can produce 500 watts of electricity (that’s enough to light up 10 light bulbs) to frighten away predators.

• Dolphins sleep with one half of the brain and one eye open to watch for danger.

• No matter how many pieces you cut a sea sponge into each piece will continue living and growing.

• Ocean life can do amazing things to survive. As you visit an aquarium with your students, note the different ways animals defend themselves. Just like a squid, people wouldn’t bother you either if you squirted black ink in their face!

View Lesson Plan>>

St. Lucie County Aquarium

St. Lucie County Aquarium is a public aquarium in Fort Pierce, Florida. It contains the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, a 3000-gallon model of a coral reef ecosystem, retired from the National Museum of Natural History. The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit at the St. Lucie County Aquarium features six different Florida marine and estuarine habitats for visitors to explore as they learn about the complexity and importance of marine ecosystems.

contact info

Hrs: Tuesday - Saurday 10AM - 4PM, Sunday 12PM - 4PM.

St. Lucie County Aquarium

Program activities include a scavenger hunt during which students will identify and match animals to their habitat, a visit to the touch tank, solving riddles and following clues to identify organisms in the tanks, using observational skills to answer questions about animal behaviors, using a dichotomous key to identify different seashells, calculating percent coverage for various bottom organisms, catching animals in the Indian River Lagoon using seine nets, and more. The aquarium also offers guided tours of the exhibits and live feedings, behind the scenes tours, and teacher loan kits on the topics of coral reefs, the Indian River Lagoon and ocean food chains.

supports classroom learning in:
Science, Environmental Science.

topics covered:
Animals, Biology, Classification, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental science, Evolution, Marine Life.

contact info
Name: Education Office.
Phone: 772-465-3271
Email: smseducation@si.edu

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Outreach. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: No.

Aquarium Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

• Did you know a sea cucumber can shoot its intestines at predators, and then regrow them, in order to avoid being eaten?

• An electric eel can produce 500 watts of electricity (that’s enough to light up 10 light bulbs) to frighten away predators.

• Dolphins sleep with one half of the brain and one eye open to watch for danger.

• No matter how many pieces you cut a sea sponge into each piece will continue living and growing.

• Ocean life can do amazing things to survive. As you visit an aquarium with your students, note the different ways animals defend themselves. Just like a squid, people wouldn’t bother you either if you squirted black ink in their face!

View Lesson Plan>>

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