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Texas State Aquarium

Flint Hills Resources and Texas State Aquarium

The mission of the Texas State Aquarium is to engage people with animals, inspire appreciation for our seas, and support wildlife conservation. Enjoy the charismatic animals of the Texas State Aquarium LIVE in your classroom! The Aquavision Flint Hills Resources Distance Learning Studio provides access to our animals and professionals through web-based videoconferencing technology. Aligned with the Texas Education Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), Aquavision lets teachers add high-quality programming to their units without leaving the classroom.


Any program may be requested at your preferred date/time by contacting aquavision@txstateaq.org or 361.881.1203.


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Habitats of the Gulf of Mexico - Virtual Tour

Grades: PreK-12

Cost: $100

Length: 50 minutes


The Gulf of Mexico is a dynamic and diverse ecosystem that supports a wide range of life. During this interactive tour, explore a variety of environments through our real-time cameras from the comforts of your own classroom. Make observations, predictions and comparisons of the inhabitants and their adaptations for survival in Gulf habitats.


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Turtle Tots

Grades: PreK - 2nd

Cost: $85 per site

Length: 30 minutes


Learn the differences among the five species of sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico and their conservation status. Through biofact exploration and a discussion of the cause and effect of human impact on these endangered animals, students can start to think about and discuss what they can do to help save sea turtles.


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Meet Our Otters!

Grades: PreK - 2nd

Cost: $85

Length: 30 minutes


Meet our resident North American River Otters in our Otter Creek habitat LIVE from the Texas State Aquarium. Students will learn about the North American River Otter’s special adaptations that help them survive in their habitat. They will engage in hands-on activities, exploration of biofacts, and discuss what actions they can take to help protect this species.


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Dancing Dolphins

Grades: PreK - 2nd

Cost: $85

Length: 30 minutes


Join us as we learn how to move and talk like a dolphin! Get your students up and exercising 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 then visit our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins through our real-time view into Dolphin Bay.


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Coral Reef Under Construction

Grades: 3-5

Cost: $125

Length: 50 minutes


Coral reefs are referred to 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 soft and hard corals. Students will apply their new learning when they construct and name their very own coral creations!


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Surviving Earth's Biomes

Grades: 3-5

Cost: $125

Length: 50 minutes


Let’s investigate our Earth’s biomes and learn the characteristics that distinguish them from one another. Students will be asked to predict and explain how these animals are adapted to survive in a particular habitat and then have the opportunity to observe some of these animals live from our habitats.


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Creature Tale: Sharks

Grades: PreK-2

Cost: $60

Length: 30 minutes


Your students will enjoy an animal themed story and have the opportunity to virtually meet the superstar animal of the book. Read along, make animal observations, recall facts, and investigate shark biofacts. Get an up-close look at our resident sharks though real time cameras and identify threats to these ocean hunters.


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Fishy Friends

Grades: PreK-2

Cost: $85

Length: 30 minutes


Let’s talk fish LIVE from the Texas State Aquarium! We will explore fish body shapes and how these adaptations help them live in their habitat. Students will draw their own fish after virtually exploring and observing the various habitats at the aquarium.


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Creature Feature: What Lives in a Tide Pool?

Grades: K-5

Cost: $60

Length: 30 minutes


Tide pools are home to many unique animals. By observing hermit crabs, sea urchins, and sea stars students will have the opportunity to describe and discuss the difference between these tide-pool animals.


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Creature Tale: Sea Turtles

Grades: PreK-2

Cost: $60

Length: 30 minutes


Your students will enjoy an animal themed story and have the opportunity to virtually meet the superstar animal of the book. Read along, recall facts, identify threats, and get an up-close look at our resident sea turtles found in the Gulf of Mexico.


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Creature Tale: Baby Gator

Grades: PreK-2

Cost: $60

Length: 30 minutes


Your students will enjoy an animal story, and then virtually meet the superstar animal of the book. Read along, make observations, recall facts, and get an up-close look at a live baby alligator.


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Creature Tale: Sea Star

Grades: PreK-2

Cost: $60

Length: 30 minutes


Your students will enjoy an animal story, and then virtually meet the superstar animal of the book. Read along, make observations, recall facts, identify adaptations, and get an up-close look at a live sea star.


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Let's Talk Sharks!

Grades: 3-5

Cost: $125

Length: 50 minutes


Student’s 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 as well as sand tiger sharks live from the Texas State Aquarium. Discuss why shark conservation is important and what scientists are doing to conserve these mysterious animals.


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Turtle Tracks

Grades: 3-5

Cost: $125

Length: 50 minutes


Students become marine biologists as they track Tammy, 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. Student will read aloud and plot Tammy’s migration path, hypothesize why she may have traveled to different locations, and identify potential threats encountered in the Gulf of Mexico waters.


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