OUTREACH PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS
A 30-minute program for ages 3 to 1st grade
Children love frogs, toads and salamanders! This 30-minute program
designed for little kids with little attention spans, features
two live amphibians they can see up close. Special pricing: $35
through 3rd Grade
Do spiders give you “the creeps”? Do bugs “bug”
you? Do you shudder at the thought of a slithery snake? Learn
more about creepy crawlies so they won’t be quite so scary!
Your class will meet several creepy crawly animals “eye-to-eye”.
How do tomato frogs get their name? What animal throws barbed
hairs for protection? What desert lizard stores water in its
tail? Students will meet several colorful, bizarre and interesting
animals that come from tropical areas around the world!
Students will learn about swamps and some of the animals that
live there through use of props and live animals. They will
have an “up close and personal” encounter with a
live snake, feel real alligator teeth and find out how alligator
snapping turtles catch their food. The last portion of this
very interactive program features volunteers costumed as swamp
creatures with the rest of the class making swamp sounds for
their fellow classmates who have become “SWAMP THINGS”!
Students use their imagination to become SCUBA divers, exploring
the undersea world with the help of interesting “touchable”
props. How sharp are shark teeth? Feel a sea turtle’s
skin! Why are some animals “jet propelled” and what
animals have mouths in the middle of their body? Several volunteers
become “sea creatures” at program’s end. No
live animals are used in this program.
SHUFFLE A Special Program for 2nd
and 3rd Grade *
Tropical rainforests cover only 7% of the Earth’s surface,
yet it is estimated they are home to almost half of all existing
plant and animal species. Students will learn about different
layers of the rainforest and some of the plants and animals that
live there. Costumed volunteers, chosen from the audience, become
part of a make-believe rainforest in this highly interactive program.
Threats currently facing the rainforest will also be discussed.
* While usually presented in a classroom, the
Rainforest Shuffle program may also be scheduled as an auditorium-type
program. The stage area should be large enough to accommodate
the presenter and 18 costumed children. See Program Fees (link
to program fees) for special pricing in Auditorium Program Fees.
AROUND US! For Grades 1-5
Learn about animals that are easy for any child to observe, right
in their own backyard. Insects! Your class will explore the world
of insects, using live insects, specimens and neat insect costumes.
and 5th Grade Programs
or Not? Vertebrates and Invertebrates
Do snakes have backbones? Do insects have skeletons? Live animals
and props will be used to discuss the difference between animals
that have backbones (vertebrates) and those that do not (invertebrates).
Expect to see live snakes, turtles, frogs, insects, spiders
and several skeletons in this informative program.
Your Own River
Discover what goes on beneath a river’s surface. Students
will enjoy this interactive program in which volunteers become
everything from aquatic insects to boulders when we construct
a make-believe river! The only live animals used in this program
are your students.
We’re “hopping” your students will be as fascinated
with frogs and toads as most folks are! This interesting group
of amphibians comes in many different forms and colors. Meet
frogs and toads from many areas of the world and learn neat
ways they have adapted to their habitats. Life cycle, conservation
issues and characteristics will be discussed.
Love them or hate them...everyone is fascinated by those interesting
reptiles known as SNAKES! Your class will learn all about snakes
up-close and personal. This program features live animals as
well as educational props to highlight interesting adaptations,
lifestyles and habits of snakes.
through 12th Grade Programs
Scales or Smooth Skin? Reptiles and Amphibians
How does a snake differ from a frog? Characteristics and life
cycles of both reptiles and amphibians will be discussed. Using
close observation and a dichotomous key, students will classify
each animal. They will inspect each animal “eyeball to
eyeball”, to discover what makes them a reptile or amphibian.
The Small Things That Run the World
Learn about arthropods, the small things that run the world,
in this very interactive program. Characteristics of four families
of arthropods; insects, arachnids, myrapods and crustaceans
will be discussed. Through use of a dichotomous key and close
observations students will have an opportunity to identify a
variety of arthropods.
Sponsor of Tennessee Aquarium
Educational Outreach Programs