Located within the park, our Education Department offers a wide variety of field trips designed to
make learning fun for all grade levels.

Our unique classroom, and the natural beauty of the park environment, lets students experience Hawaiian sea life like never before. They’ll learn about the ocean’s rich marine ecosystem, its inhabitants, as well as how to participate in conservation efforts.

If your class is unable to visit Sea Life Park try one of our Discovery Boxes or ask about our outreach programs.

Education Programs

Education Field Trip Programs

Our lecture based field trips include admission to the park and a 25–minute program on the topic of your choice. We also offer shorter but very popular non-lecture based programs. These Sea Life Park field trips may include an up close look at some of our animals and maybe even some hands-on experience!

Self–Guided Field Trips

The self–guided field trip option includes group admission rates and access to the Sea Life Park Hawai'i’s regularly scheduled shows and events.

Outreach Programs

Our education staff can come to your site and deliver an educational program tailored to the topic you’re most interested in. Students will learn about animal characteristics, behaviors, and the importance of conservation.

For further information and for reservations, please contact the Sea Life Park Hawai'i Education Department at (808) 259-2511 or (808) 259-2513.

Lecture Based Programs (Pre–K – 6th Grade)

"Wild Whales" Wild Whales
Did you know that some whales have two blowholes and some whales are endangered? Learn more about these topics as we discuss the differences between toothed and baleen whales.

The Hawksbill Sea Turtle is protected; you should not touch it Untouchable Reef Life
There are many large and small animals in the ocean that should be left alone. Students will learn about a few we have at Sea Life Park Hawai'i and others they may come across while visiting the ocean.

Sharks and Rays
Sharks and Rays
Sharks and rays are often thought to be scary and mean, but that is not always true! Do sharks really hunt people? Come with us as we explore the differences between sharks and rays and common misconceptions about these amazing animals!

Bottlenose Dolphin Basics
Bottlenose Dolphin Basics
What is a "Wholphin" and how can dolphins jump so high? Find out the answers to these questions and many more as you explore the different characteristics of dolphins and learn about their anatomy.

the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle taking a breath
Honu in Hawai'i
Meet or feed one of our Honu and learn about their reptilian characteristics in this fun filled lecture. Students will learn about Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle anatomy as well as the life cycle of the Honu. (Availability of "meeting Honu" is based on class size and may not be available for larger groups.)

One of our California Sea Lions
Simply Seals and Sea Lions
Why can sea lions walk on all fours and seals can’t? Come study their mammalian characteristics and learn the differences in their anatomy. This program focuses on the differences between Hawaiian Monk Seals and California Sea Lions, two of the amazing animals found at Sea Life Park Hawai'i.

The Monk Seal exhibit is temporarily closed due to routine and standard maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please check back for more information on when you can see our Hawaiian Monk Seals.

"Sea Stars and their Cousins"
Sea Stars and their Cousins
Did you know that sea cucumbers and sea urchins are related? Find out how as we explore the anatomy of these animals both inside and out. Students will learn about sea stars, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, and brittle stars in this class!

Radical Reef Fish
There are many different fish in the sea and they all look a little different. This lecture will teach children about the characteristics of fish. In addition, children will learn about the differences in anatomy that help the fish survive in its environment, such as camouflage and the shape of their fins or mouth.

*Every lecture based class includes animal information as well as information on conservation. Not every class will involve animal interaction. For more information, please contact our education office.

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Non-lecture Based Programs

"Dolphin Trainer Talk"
Dolphin Trainer Talk (Groups must arrive by 8:45 a.m.)
Would you like to see a dolphin perform tricks just for your class?  If so, try out our dolphin trainer talk and see our dolphins perform just for you as the trainer tells students about the characteristics of dolphins. A trainer will bring a dolphin up to the glass and give a short presentation about our amazing Bottlenose Dolphins! But watch out students might get a little wet!

"Sea Lion Trainer Talk"
Sea Lion Trainer Talk (Groups must arrive by 8:45 a.m.)
Sea Lions are amazing animals and can do many tricks in and out of the water. Let one of our trainers bring out a sea lion for you to see up close as they give a short presentation about their characteristics and what makes them so different from seals.

"Turtle Feed"
Turtle Feed
This program gives students a chance to feed the sea turtles and watch as they chomp down on their food! Did you know that when sea turtles bite down on their food, water squirts out of their nose? There is no lecture in this program, but feel free to ask questions!

"Meet the Honu"
Meet the Honu
Sea Turtles are amazing animals and sadly all species are either endangered or threatened. Come to Sea Life Park to meet one of our Honu and see why it is so important to protect these turtles. Students will learn why they should not feed, touch, or approach a turtle in the wild.

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Middle and High School Programs

"Food Chains"
Food Chains (middle school) Program may be self-guided
While students visit the park they can fill out handouts about food chains involving sea lions, penguins, sea turtles, and dolphins. During the field trip students can learn about the animals and what they eat by viewing regularly scheduled feeds and trainer talks. If interested, teachers can be provided with homework for their students regarding marine ecosystem food webs. Before visiting the park, students should be familiar with most of the following concepts: food chains, food webs, trophic levels, producers, and consumers (herbivore, carnivore, etc.).

"Cycling of matter in Reef Ecosystems"
Cycling of matter in Reef Ecosystems (middle school)
This program consists of a PowerPoint presentation in the park’s classroom followed by extended visits to the Hawaiian Reef Tank and the Touch Pool. The presentation emphasizes the mutualistic relationship between coral and algae. Students may complete written assignments while viewing the presentation and visiting the exhibits. Before visiting the park, students should be familiar with the following concepts: symbiosis, mutualism, producers, consumers (herbivore, carnivore, etc.), trophic levels, predator, and prey. This program includes a lecture, but the rest of the program may be self-guided.

"Dynamic Equilibrium"
Dynamic Equilibrium (middle school)
This program focuses on dynamic equilibrium in marine ecosystems with an emphasis on the link between dynamic equilibrium and endangered species. The program consists of a PowerPoint presentation in the park’s classroom followed by visits to the reef tank and turtle exhibits. Students may complete written assignments while viewing the presentation and visiting the exhibits. Before visiting the park, students should be familiar with the following concepts: dynamic equilibrium, producers, and consumers (herbivore, carnivore, etc.). This program includes a lecture, but the rest of the program can be self-guided.

"Marine Animal Classification"
Marine Animal Classification (high school) This program is self-guided
There are many different kinds of animals that make up our world and scientific classification is a useful tool to help categorize them. During this program students will receive a handout with questions about species throughout our park and they will have to determine why the animal is in a certain group.
This program focuses on the relationships between marine animals and the scientific method of classification. The program consists of an extensive exploration of the touch pool, visits to the penguin and sea lion exhibits, and a sea lion show viewing. Students may complete written assignments while visiting the exhibits. Before visiting the park, students should be familiar with the following concepts: producer, consumer (herbivore, carnivore, etc.), and the scientific classification system.

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