Animal Keeper

Animal Keeper Updates

Get a peek behind the scenes of the Aquarium’s Husbandry department. Read their weekly animal updates and get an insider’s look at caring for over 10,000 animals and plants.


IMAX Theater

So real, It's unreal
The huge, six-story screen at the IMAX 3D Theater puts YOU in the action. Travel to undersea reefs filled with colorful creatures, or visit exotic locations from around the world.

Distance Learning

Distance Learning

Distance learning programs with the Tennessee Aquarium are a great way to bring technology, science and live animals to your classroom.  Most of our programs feature live animals presented by an Aquarium educator who will share information about the animals' characteristics, behavior, habitat and diet as they interact with your students. Programs are 45 minutes long with the last five minutes set aside for additional questions and answers. Learn more about our programs on our  Distance Learning Programs Page.

The Tennessee Aquarium’s Distance Learning Programs were honored by the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) as a 2010 Pinnacle Award Winner.

Distance learning programs are $100 and can be scheduled Monday through Friday between Labor Day and Memorial Day. The following times are used for distance learning sessions: 9 a.m. EST, 1 p.m. EST and 3 p.m. EST.  If an alternate time would work better for you and your class, ask to see if it is available. Sessions must be scheduled two weeks in advance. A test connection one day prior to your session will be scheduled to ensure a proper audio-visual connection.

To schedule a Distance Learning Program, simply click on the online registration form.  Contact Bray McDonald at (800) 262-0695, ext. 4093 or e-mail at for further information.

Interactive Modules
Three different interactive modules give you activities to try out on your own – just like having your own “lab in nature.”  Learn more . . .

If you are interested in having a Tennessee Aquarium educator come to your classroom, click here to learn more . . .

Field Trip

The Tennessee Aquarium provides an unforgettable learning experience for children at all grade levels. Not only does the Aquarium exceed the science standards for Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama; we are also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as a supplementary education school.

Field Trip Survival Guide

Here are some helpful guidelines to prepare your group for a successful field trip to the Tennessee Aquarium, IMAX Theater and/or River Gorge Explorer.

Education Resources

Fun educational supplements such as AquaGuide, AquaQuests, scavenger hunts, and more are available to make your field trip a learning expedition.

Sleepovers at the Aquarium

Ever dream of sleeping under the peaks alongside sharks, stingrays and more? Now is your chance.

Ask Us

Whether you have a question about animals, educational opportunities or just want to make your Aquarium or IMAX trip the best experience ever, we want to hear from you. Our education staff is happy to help you.

Fun Stuff

Check out this fun-filled page with links to interactive games and other activities. Enjoy some of these items at home or download maps to help you "dive deeper" into your next Aquarium visit.

Teachers E-newsletter

Introducing the new Educator's e-newsletter. Please enter your e-mail address to receive important teacher resource information, IMAX updates and special offers from the Tennessee Aquarium.