Can’t come to us? We'll come to you. The Marine Mobile will travel to your school to bring unique hands-on HCPSIII aligned science curriculum for your students.
The Amazing Animal programs include an interactive presentation with live animal observation, animal touching, and a free craft. Looking to enhance the experience? Think about booking an enriching hands-on wet-lab class like a Squid Dissection, Sea Star Dissection, or experiment-based Wet Lab.
Is an outdoor experience more your thing? Our experienced naturalists will host guided Reef Walk programs to observe Hawaiian marine life in their natural habitat, year round.

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Marine Mobile - Interactive Outreach Programs
Preschool & K Grades 1-2 Grades 3-4 Grades 5& up Grades 7-12
The Cushion Sea Star looks like a pin cushion. Super Sea Stars - Preschool & Kindergarten. NEW
Multiple arms and tiny tube feet wave at you as you learn more about these wondrous creatures of the sea. Did you know that some sea stars can grow back their arms and that there is a sea star that looks like a pin cushion? Students get to meet three Sea Star Friends, touch a live sea star, and do a special sea star Gyotaku printing craft.
Topics: Scientific inquiry, structures and functions of living organisms, diversity.
Touching Hermit Crabs is part of the fun. Happy Hermits - Preschool & Kindergarten. NEW
Join us on an journey filled with discovery, adventure, cool critters, and lots of fun. This program is developed for our youngest explorers with many hands-on and interactive activities. Young learners meet three different Hawaiian Hermit Crabs and even get to touch some of them. To top it off, students get to make a craft activity to take home.
Topics: Scientific inquiry, structures and functions of living organisms, diversity.
The Sea Our Home - Preschool & Kindergarten. NEW
You may have been to the beach, a tide pool, or the ocean. But did you ever wonder which animals call it their home? In a playful way, young explorers identify different ocean habitats and get to know a variety of cute marine critters. Now the fun starts; can you figure out which habitat each of these animals call their home? Live animal observaton, touching tide pool critters, and Gyotaku fish printing is part of this program
Topics: Scientific inquiry, structures and functions of living organisms, diversity.

Super Shrimp - Grades 1 and up. NEW
Did you know that Hawaii is home to many colorful and unique shrimp? Let's take a look at all their body parts and how they can help the animal to survive.
Ever heard of the Opae Ula? It's Hawaii's own Super Shrimp: a shrimp, super strong, and endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. Students explore the different stages of the life cycle of this amazing animal. Ask about our Shrimp Breeding Program.
Topics: Life cycles, Structure and Function, Unity and Diversity.

The Leaf Scorpion Fish looks like a piece of sea weed. Cool Camouflage - Grades 1 and 2.
Exploring the reef can be difficult! Many marine animals rely on camouflage to blend in with their surrounding or to confuse a predator. The predators got wise too and use that same technique to sneak up on an unsuspecting mid-day snack. Children learn how different ocean animals use special adaptations to survive and protect themselves on the reef. Program includes live animal observation, touching animals, and Gyotaku Fish Printing.
Topics: Scientific inquiry, structures and functions of living organisms, diversity.

Professor Tako's Squid Dissection - Grades 3-4 & up. NEW
Dissection is an important part of scientific discovery that can help us better understand how life works. Students will dissect their own squid, learn about this animal, and find out what all these body parts are for.
Do you think you can find the beak, siphon, or ink sac?
Topics: Unity and diversity, structure and function, hypothesis, observation, dissection, scientific inquiry.
Students will safely dissect a real squid.
Live animals and crafts are not part of this program.
Wacky Wild Wet Lab - Grades 3 and 4 and up. NEW
Without water, life will not be the same as we know it on our blue planet. But do you know all the cool properties of water?
Scientific terms such as density, weight, pressure, temperature, and compression may be hard to grasp. Not with this hands-on experiment-based lab class. Short and safe water experiments encourage students to make hypothesis and test them out themselves.
Topics: Scientific inquiry, scientific method, hypothesis.
This program does not involve live animals or craft.

Aquaponics - Grades 5 and up. NEW
Aquaponics is a revolutionary sustainable technique in which plants are grown on a water bed, living off fish waste, in an intricately balanced food cycle. This class focuses on food webs including fish, plants, and bacteria as well as producers, consumers, and decomposers.Students comlete the class by building their own mini aquaponics model. Ask about our fully functional Aquaponics Garden Kits for your school.
Topics: Interdependence, Nitrogen Cycle, producers, consumers, decomposers, sustainability.

Marine Mollusk Squid Dissection - Grades 7 & up NEW.
Animal anatomy and classification becomes a breeze when you know what to look for. Students are introduced to the phylum Mollusca and learn how to identify members of its group. After that, they'll learn about one of the most interesting one of them all: the squid. Through dissection, students learn about chromatophores, gills, reproductive organs, and the ink sac.
Topics: Animal classification, dissection, animal anatomy.
  Super Sea Stars Dissection Lab - Grades 7 & up. NEW.
The phylum Echinodermata is truely an amazing group of marine animals. Through a dissection demonstration, students learn about radial symmetry, regeneration, tube feet, and the water vascular system. Program is enhanced by live sea star observation and preserved echinoderm specimens.
Topics: Animal classification, dissection, animal anatomy. Program is suitable for upper elementary school students through 12th grade.

Before booking an outreach program, please consider these tips:

For the safety of our animals, an inside air-conditioned or well ventilated room is requested on the first floor or accessable by elevator or ramp.
Two to three small salt water aquariums will house our animals.
A touch tank will be available with live tide pool creatures.
Considering the hands-on nature of the program, teacher and chaperone assistance is much appreciated.


Students observe sea stars.
Live animal observation can inspire any young scientist or marine biologist.

Hands-on learning is an important part of all of our education programs.
Hands-on learning is an important part
of scientific inquiry

Print your own fish design on t-shirt or paper.
Make your own Gyotaku print.

What does a hermit crab feel like?
What does a hermit crab feel like?