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Visiting School Groups

Visiting School Groups

1. Schedule your trip well in advance.

  • When calling to schedule your visit, have several alternate dates selected in case your intended date is already taken.

2. Have 1 chaperone for every 10 students.

  • We ask that you bring 1 chaperone for every 10 students. They will be admitted free of charge.
  • You may bring more chaperones, but they will be charged a fee.
  • Assign groups of students to chaperones before your visit. Chaperones must keep their students with them at all times in the Center.
  • Chaperones will actively lead groups around the facility and participate in lessons. Please have each chaperone read our Chaperone Letter for some tips to help them guide the students' learning in a positive way:
    Chaperone Letter.pdf

3. Make visible nametags.

  • We have found that calling students by name makes teaching much more effective.  Please make large nametags to be worn by students.  Names should be on both sides if there is a possibility of them flipping around.  Writing should also be large and legible.  Have fun with the nametags; for example, have students create their own sea animal name tags!

4. Prepare your students with Pre-Visit Activities.

  • We recommend preparing your students for some of the concepts and vocabulary that they will be learning during their visit at the Center. We have several pre-visit activities that will prepare your students and enable them to receive more from their learning experience at the SeaLife Center.
  • Click below to see our recommended pre-visit activities.

5. Print Scavenger Hunt sheets and bring them with you.

  • Nocturne Sleepovers and Day Programs usually begin with time to explore the Center. The scavenger hunt allows for guided discovery throughout the Center, and highlights new exhibits. Click below to view and print.

    For K-1st grades:

    For Pre-School grades:

    For Elementary grades:

    For Middle to High school grades:
  • Decide if you would like your students to do the scavenger hunt in groups or individually and photocopy the correct number for your group.
  • Suggestion: Have each chaperone lead a team on the scavenger hunt, and award prizes for completion.

6. Arrive at scheduled time.

  • We ask that you allow time in your traveling schedule to arrive a few minutes before your scheduled program time, to take care of payment and paperwork. This will ensure that your students get sufficient time for exploration and programs.
  • Before unloading the bus, please check in with the front desk.
  • If you think there is a possibility of being late, please contact us at 907-224-6306 to let us know.

7. Have students ready to give attention to our Educators.

  • Upon your arrival we will go over the rules of the Center and our expectations of your group. We will then give instructions for the overall itinerary of your group's visit.

8. Follow up with Post-Visit Activities.

  • Review concepts learned during your visit to the Center. Compare this with what they knew before and what they wanted to learn. We have several post-visit activities that are ready to use:
  • post_activities.pdf

9. We look forward to seeing you again!

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