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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

23 Tamaki Drive, Ōrākei

Auckland 1071

New Zealand

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We're Open 7 Days!
Open daily 9.30am - 5pm (Last entry 4pm)
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Ocean Kids Education

Primary and Intermediate Schools

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Ocean Kids is an educational programme provided by SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium for primary schools. Ocean Kids offers engaging, hands-on experiences students need to ignite their natural curiosity, helping them develop essential skills in a fun and exciting way to set them up for a lifetime of successful learning. We provide the choice of either a Semi-Guided tour or a Classroom Session to best suit your particular group’s requirements. The session will focus specifically on ONE of the Ocean Kids Topics listed below that you opt for.

Classroom Session

The 45-minute Classroom Session involves an educational presentation from one of our dedicated Marine Educators in our School Room, where students are encouraged to explore and imagine. Students learn about responsible fishing, sustainability issues and engage in a show-and-tell with authentic animal artefacts. Your group will then embark on a Self-Directed tour around the highlights of the aquarium to view sharks, stingrays, turtles and penguins.

Semi-Guided Tour

One of our Marine Educators will guide your class around the devoted aquarium areas on an exclusive 45 minutes tour focusing on your Ocean Kids Topic of choice! An authentic marine artefacts show-and-tell is also available at the conclusion of the tour.

OCEAN KIDS TOPICS

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: HABITATS 
Explore different habitats and meet the animals that live there.

By completing this tour, students will:

  • Become familiar with a range of different marine environments
  • Understand that all living things require shelter and access to food in their habitats
  • Be able to identify adaptations animals have developed to improve their ability to live in their habitat
  • Learn that ecosystems are made up of interdependent animals living in the same environment

 

FEEDING THE OCEANS: FOOD CHAINS  
Dive in to investigate who eats who in the oceans - understanding food chains and food webs.

    By completing this tour students will:
  • Understand the term 'food chain' and 'ecosystem'
  • Learn that animals perform different roles in their specific ecosystems
  • Understand that animals and plants need to remain balanced in their ecosystem and that imbalances can cause problems for all connected organisms
  • Be able to identify the sequences of organisms in the rockpool food chain

 

Explore the key behaviors of different marine animals. By completing this tour students will:

  • Become familiar with a range of different marine animals
  • Learn about the key life processes for living things⭳ Life Cycles Worksheet 
  • Understand that different animals behave in different ways depending on their environment and requirements
  • Be able to identify certain animals'behaviour and explain it

 

BETTER SEAS, BRIGHTER FUTURE: CONSERVATION 
Uncover the threats to our environment and what we can all do to help.

By completing this tour students will:

  • Become familiar with a range of different marine creatures and environments
  • Learn about a variety of threats affecting different species
  • Understand that human activity can have a big impact on marine creatures
  • Find out what steps they can take to help protect vulnerable marine species and their habitats
  • Find out about the work SEA LIFE is doing to protect the ocean and its creatures for future generations

 

EARTH'S HARSHEST HABITAT: ANTARCTIC  
Discover Earths harshest habitat - Antarctica! How animals can survive the cold…

WHERE DID THEY GO?: EXTINCTION
A look at extinction and what this means. Find out how we can help!

School Enquiry form

Ready to dive in? Contact our Education Consultants and find the right solution to immerse your students in our hands-on SEA LIFE Learning programmes. All fields marked * are required.

The important stuff

 

Excursion admission type Price per person Details
Teacher previsit scouting   FREE Complementary preliminary scouting visit provided for planning excursions. Minimum 24 hours advance notice required.  
Self-directed primary school/intermediate student $12.50 Primary education students in Years 1 - 8 inclusive on a self-guided visitAll abilities.

Primary school/intermediate student with classroom session or semi-guided tour

$15.00 Primary education students in Years 1 - 8 inclusive on a semi-guided tour or classroom sessionAll abilities.
Teacher/supervisor FREE 1 free teacher or adult supervisor (aged 16 years and over) per 6 primary school students.
Additional teacher/supervisor $31.00 Extra teacher or adult supervisor (aged 16 years and over) in addition to the free ratio listed above.
Disabled carer FREE 1 free disabled carer per 1 disabled primary school student.

  

All documents must be signed by the relevant parties and brought with you on the day of your visit.

Click here to download all you need to know about your excursion

Click here to download the Behaviour Contract

Click here to download the Parent Helper agreement 

Click here to download the RAMS form

 

 

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT CONTACT DETAILS: 

For education enquiries, please call +64 9 531 5157 or email learn@kellytarltons.co.nz.