A group of women wearing blue shirts are all wearing silly hats and holding signs that have messages about taking care of the earth. The stand on a dock and the background is a marshy area with green scrubby trees.



In addition to our education programs offered at the aquarium, the aquarium offers many opportunities for students and teachers. Plan an unforgettable virtual field trip, take your homeschool group on a virtual scavenger hunt, or schedule a virtual event and let us bring the Aquarium to your online classroom. Dive into the world of wonder and water, with a wide array of educational exhibits and programs. The Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals from across the state, and we are excited to share them with you. Check out our YouTube channel for some educational videos. 

Two girls look at an aquarium habitat with orange koi fish


As a teacher, you're always looking for new ways to inspire and engage curious minds. Allow us to serve as an educational resource for you and your students.  Learn a little about some of the animals we have at the aquarium and download some fun free worksheets on our fun and learning page. Plan field trips, scavenger hunts, or outreach programs. Are you a teacher from a Title 1 school? Look into our Aquarium Scholars mini-grants. 


The Aquarium offers many different opportunities for students. Job shadowing, junior volunteer programs, internships, and teen ambassador program. Click the student button for more details and application guidelines. Prepare to get your feet wet! 


Registered North Carolina home schools will be offered one free general admission visit per school year. Homeschool families can only receive free admission during the week (Monday-Friday) during the traditional school year (September 1 to June 15). This visit includes school-age children in grades K-12 or ages five through 18. Children age two and under are admitted free of charge. Children that are not school-age, ages three and four, are required to pay general admission. The youth admission rate is $10.95 plus tax. Proof of homeschool status must be presented upon check-in with Visitor Services in order to receive the free visit. Proof may include but is not limited to state-issued home school documentation showing your ID number, a school ID card, an official email, an online verification sheet, a school curriculum, or an enrollment form into a homeschool group. During this yearly visit, two teachers or administrators are included in the free admission. Additional adults during this visit will have to pay general admission. General admission is $12.95 plus tax. Seniors and military get a discounted rate of $11.95 plus tax

In addition to the one free visit, the Aquarium holds a special Homeschool Day event. During this event, all children in the immediate homeschool family are invited to attend. This includes children who are not school age, and two adults (additional adults will still have to pay general admission). Proof of homeschool status is also required during Homeschool Day.