Texas State Aquarium Private Videoconference Program – Amazing Adaptations / Conservation

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Program Description:

How do an animal’s body parts and behaviors help it survive? Have your students investigate this question as they observe our animal ambassadors through our real-time cameras and specially planned activities.  Students will discuss the animal’s conservation status and learn what they can do to help these incredible creatures.

Dancing Dolphins
Join us as we learn how to move and talk like a dolphin! Get your students up and moving as they study the adaptations and body parts these mammals use to swim and survive in the ocean. Students will also discover how dolphins communicate using distinct clicks and whistles, and visit our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins through our real-time view into Dolphin Bay.

Fishy Friends
Let’s talk fishes LIVE from the Texas State Aquarium as your students observe and compare and contrast the diversity of fishes in Aquarium habitats. Together, we’ll distinguish between fish body shapes, infer how shapes help them survive and thrive in their habitats, and create a special fish drawing.

**Meet Our Otters!
Meet Arrie and Merlin, our North American River Otters in Texas State Aquarium’s Otter Creek habitat. Learn first-hand how an otter keeps warm and navigates through murky waters, by dressing like an otter and constructing your own set of whiskers to mimic their amazing adaptations. View Arrie and Merlin live, and see what other adaptations help them thrive in their environment.

**Coral Reef Under Construction
Coral reefs are described as the “tropical rainforests of the ocean.” Join us on a journey into this valuable habitat as we investigate the diversity of corals, learn their anatomy, and compare and contrast the differences between Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean reefs. Students will construct and name their very own coral creations while viewing our coral exhibits!

Let’s Talk Sharks!
Students will observe shark biofacts and explore how a shark’s skeleton, jaws, teeth, skin, and camouflage make them top predators. We will look at common shark species in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, as well as view our resident sharks live from the Texas State Aquarium. Discuss why shark conservation is important and what scientists and aquariums are doing to conserve these mysterious animals.

Turtle Tracks
Students become marine biologists as they track Olive, a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, on her journey across the Gulf of Mexico. During their sea turtle study, students discuss why scientists track sea turtles and what technology they use. Students will read aloud and plot Olive’s migration path, hypothesize why she may have traveled to different locations, and identify potential threats encountered in the Gulf of Mexico waters.

**Additonal fee for supplies - TBD when scheduling Program

  • Duration: 30-50 minutes
  • Grades: K-5
  • Price: $85 - $125 per session (Up to 30 students)