December 23, 2013



Climate Change in the Classroom

Join us for an exciting and informative workshop about climate change and how content can be used in the classroom. Learn concepts behind climate change while learning fun, hands-on activities to use with your students. Educators will receive content information, lesson plans, and a $50.00 stipend.
Grades 6-12
February 22, 2014
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
The Florida Aquarium

Fee: Free (Receive a $50 stipend!)
Workshop space is limited to 30 participants.

To register for Teacher Workshops, go to, or call (813) 273-4015 for more information. Register early, as class space is limited.

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 New Learning Center

As part of the Rising Tides capital expansion, The Florida Aquarium will be building the new Carol and Barney Barnett Learning Center featuring 5 new learning spaces! While construction on the center is being completed, we are very thankful to the Tampa Port Authority for loaning us space at Channelside so that we will have temporary classrooms during construction. The new center will be open in October 2014. Be sure to check back for updates on this exciting opportunity!


Tanks to the Ocean!

Through funding from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, free web-based programs, targeted for middle school, will launch soon! Learn about marine conservation and some of the dynamic animal ambassadors found at The Florida Aquarium, from how we care for our collection, to what YOU can do in your daily life (and in your classroom) to be part of marine conservation. You won’t want to miss out on this new program. Visit for updates on how your classrooms can participate!


Through the generous support of WalMart Foundation, The Florida Aquarium is proud to announce that we are participating in a year-long sustainability program based on our successful Regional Oceans Conference for Students. Our program is challenging students to explore various local environmental issues so that they can design and participate in a conservation project that will encourage others to protect our resources.

On Friday December 13th, teachers brought their students to the Aquarium for a day of service learning. Teams visited Fantasy island, a spoil island in Tampa Bay that is managed by The Aquarium. Students participated in a clean-up and planting. Later on that day students participated in activities focused on team building and developing their action plans for their school projects.


2013-2014 AquaTots Program

The Florida Aquarium’s AquaTots program is designed to encourage parent and child interactions for children 3-5 years old. Through story time, craft making, animal encounters and more, the classes are structured to enhance children’s interest in the natural world. Call Reservations at 813-273-4015 to register.

$10 for members
$14 for non-members

Sign up for the whole month and receive a 10% discount

Click Here for 2013-2014 Schedule!



Complimentary Reception - 5:45 p.m.                      Featured Presentation - 6:15 p.m.

Entry is through The Florida Aquarium’s Business Entrance. For Information and to R.S.V.P. call 813-273-4568 or visit and click on “Upcoming Events.”


January 22, 2014

Patti Ragan        
Founder and Director,
Center for Great Apes




Patti Ragan started her career as a teacher on the Miccosukee Indian Reservation in the Florida Everglades. In 1990, Patti set out to establish a long-term care program that would provide a permanent home for great apes… specifically those coming from the entertainment industry and exotic pet trade.

In 1993, Patti founded the Center for Great Apes and with a staff of 22 dedicated employees and numerous volunteers; they manage the rescue, rehabilitation, and permanent care of 45 great ape residents on over 100 acres of woods and orange groves. Please join us for an evening with Patti, who will share some of her powerful experiences working with these magnificent great apes.


When school is out camp is in! School year camp includes animal encounters, hikes through the Aquarium, crafts, science experiments and Explore A Shore (weather permitting). Camp is for children in grades K-5. Each AquaCamp day is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Morning and afternoon care is FREE with early drop-off starting at 8:00 a.m. and late pick up until 5:30 p.m.  Lunch (with snacks included) is available.

Compare several different types of mammals. Which ones live here in Florida? What do mammals eat, how do they survive in cold areas and what is an adaptation? Find out the answers to these questions and many more!

Thursday-Friday, January 2-3, 2014
$80 for Members
$110 for Non-Members
$14 for Lunch

Ooey, Gooey, Gross!
Create funky snacks, turn everyday items into something gross or messy and learn fascinating facts to weird out your friends.

Monday and/or Tuesday, January 20-21, 2014
$40 (per day) for Members
$54 (per day) for Non-Members
$7 (per day) for Lunch

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Summer Camp Registration

Summer camp registration for the 2014 school year will be open to Florida Aquarium members at the end of January 2014!


  • Breakfast with Santa- December 21st

  • Members Only Night- December 22nd

  • Holiday FantaSea- December 26th-30th

  • Aqua-Eve- December 31st


Did you know...

This is the time of year Manatees are seen throughout our springs and river systems. An adult manatee can weigh over 1,000 pounds and consume 10% of its body weight. That's over 100 pounds of sea grasses per day!