Can’t come to us? We'll come to you. The Marine Mobile will travel to your school to bring unique hands-on fully guided science curriculum for your students.
What is an Outreach Program?
I'm glad you asked!
Our experienced educators can travel to your school - or any location - with exciting hands-on marine science education programs. We have topics and activities aligned with class-room curriculum and specifically developed for each grade level from pre-school to 8th grade.
There are two different options:

1. Marine Mobile Interactive Outreach Programs - recommended
This one hour presentation includes a grade appropriate interactive learning topic of your choice (see below), live ocean animals to see, live tide pool animals to touch, and gyotaku fish printing on paper.
This is the best choice for the most hands-on learning experience for your students.

2. Basic Outreach Program
Looking for a shorter 30 minute activity-only session? We got you covered. This casual booth-style set-up includes live tide pool animals to touch, and gyotaku fish printing.
This option is the best for younger students, larger groups, or can be adjusted as an amazing hands-on activity for science night or public event.

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.

Click here to inquire about cost, availability, and reservations.


Marine Mobile - Interactive Outreach Programs
Preschool & K Grades 1-2 Grades 3-4 Grades 5 and up Labs and Dissection
The Cushion Sea Star looks like a pin cushion. Super Sea Stars - Preschool & Kindergarten.
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 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.
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.
Big & Small - Kindergarten. NEW
Journey into an underwater world filled with very big and very small ocean animals. How are they all important to a healthy environment? Students get to touch animal artefacts like whale bones and coral fragment and measure out the size of a blue whale. Cool!
Touching tide pool animals and Gyotaku fish printing is included.
Topics: Scientific inquiry, structures and functions of living organisms, diversity.

Ocean Treasures - Grades 1 and 2. NEW
Stroll along the beach and you can find a large range of Ocean Treasures easily. But what animal do they belong too? Ever heard of a test? What's an operculum? What can we learn from animal adaptations? Students will discover about animal body parts and their function and how they relate to our everyday life. Did you know a snail shell has a door?
Touching tide pool animals and Gyotaku fish printing is included.
Topics: Life cycles, Structure and Function, Unity and Diversity.

Scorpion fish look just like rocks. We careful. They are also venomous. 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.

Pe'a, ina, wana, and loli? These can all be found easily in Hawaiian tide pools. Hawaiian Tide Pool Animals - Grades 3 and 4.
Pe'a, ina, wana, and loli? These are just some of the Hawaiian tide pool animals that you can easily find in our shallow waters. Students learn how to identify classifying characteristic of different categories of tide pool phyla and practice writing and saying their Hawaiian names.
Try Lauwiliwilinukunuku'oi'oi!
NGSS topics: Waves and Information, Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, Hawaiian language.
Students get to touch authentic marine fossils from millions of years ago. Marine Fossils - Grades 3 and up. NEW
Millions of years ago, our oceans were filled with creatures beyond imagination such as the massive Megalodon. Smaller creatures like sand dollars, clams, and brachiopods are still around today. What adaptations did animals from millions of years ago have today? Which adaptations have been lost? Students will be able to handle real marine fossils and learn about differences and similarities between modern marine animals and ancient.
NGSS topics: Inheritance and Variation of Traits, Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems.


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.
NGSS topics: Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems.

Professor Tako's Squid Dissection - Grades 3 and 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.
Professor Tako's Fish Dissection - Grades 3 and up. NEW
Do you know what a swim bladder is for? How about a lateral line? Ever heard of a peduncle? What adaptations do fish have to survive? All these and more questions will be answered as students dissect a fish. Topics: Unity and diversity, structure and function, hypothesis, observation, dissection, scientific inquiry.
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.

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?