Aquarium Field Trips
Thank you for your interest in the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium’s unique, educational experiences! Please read through the information on this page to learn more about what we can offer you during your visit to the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.
Pricing and Qualifications
Our field trip programs are specifically designated for qualifying SCHOOL groups. See below for more information about admission and qualifications.
School Group Discount Eligibility
School Groupseligible for EcoVenture Classes and Group Visits
Non-school Groupseligible for Group Rate
|Public Schools (Pre-Kindergarten-12th Grade)||Families|
|Charter Schools (Pre-Kindergarten-12th Grade)||Summer Camps|
|Accredited Private Schools (Pre-Kindergarten-12th Grade)||Church, Community, and Non-Profit Groups|
|Home School Groups||Private Preschool, Child Care and Day Care Programs|
|College Classes||Recreation Centers|
|Residential Treatment Centers and Post-High School Programs||Assisted Living and Senior Citizen Centers|
|After-School Programs, School Clubs and Summer School Programs funded by a school district||After School Programs, Clubs, and Summer Programs NOT funded by a school district|
|If you have determined that you are a qualifying school group, you are in the right place! See below for pricing information, and to fill out the online form and schedule your visit.||If you have determined that you are not a school group, please visit the Group Sales Page or call Guest Services at 801-355-3474 ext. 218.|
A 15 person minimum is required to receive the discount. Exceptions can be made for groups of students with special needs.
EcoVenture Class Eligibility
These programs are offered to accredited public, charter and private schools and home school groups that visit during school hours in conjunction with a class where the students receive a credit or grade. They are a free addition to the self-guided experience. See below for information about our EcoVenture Class programs.
A 15 student minimum is required to participate in an EcoVenture Class. Exceptions can be made for groups of students with special needs.
|Students||Title 1 School Students||Teachers||Additional Adult Chaperones||Siblings*|
*Bringing siblings on a field trip is discouraged because of the important responsibilities of the chaperones. Chaperones are required to monitor behavior of students and encouraged to facilitate learning within their group. However, sibling attendance is at the discretion of the teacher.
Free Adult Chaperone Ratio
|Pre-K – Kindergarten||1st – 12th Grade||Special Needs|
|1:5||1:10||1:1 for Para-Professionsals|
EcoVenture Classes are a FREE addition to the self-guided experience. These programs offer a unique classroom experience with one of our science educators. Each EcoVenture Class is designed for a maximum of 35 students at a time. If you have a larger group, multiple presentations will be scheduled and each class will go into the classroom separately. Depending on the grade level, each EcoVenture Class last 20-35 minutes and is located in one of our four on-site classrooms. If you are planning to participate in the classes, please plan on spending at least 2 hours at the aquarium.
All EcoVenture Classes are interactive and inquiry based. They align with the Utah State Core Curriculum guidelines by grade level, as well as the National Science Education Standards and North American Association of Environmental Education Guidelines. This integrated, purpose-driven approach provides for a rich and interesting experience for students of all ages.
Pre-K/Kindergarten – Animal Shapes and Colors
Geckos, snakes, and tree frogs, oh my! Students will get an up close look at live animals and investigate how their shapes, colors and other characteristics help them survive. *Available to 4-5 year olds entering Kindergarten next year.
1st Grade – Fun with Maps
Take a journey on our giant world map and discover oceans, rainforests and other amazing habitats! Students will use their mapping skills to determine the best homes for plants and animals. Includes a live animal encounter!
2nd Grade – Blue Whale
How do you size up the largest animal that ever lived on earth? By using comparisons and measurements, students will find out just how large a Blue Whale is and how this amazing creature interacts with other animals and its environment.
3rd Grade – Exploring Tides
How many living and nonliving things can you find in a tide pool? Students will participate in a simulation of animal interactions in tide pools after learning how the Earth, Moon and Sun cause the tides.
4th Grade – Fossils of Utah
New Lab program!
Fossils are fun! We will take your students on an expedition to the past where they will uncover fossil types and find out how and when they are formed. Students will have a chance to make a fossil and examine real fossils in small groups and determine the type and origin of each one.
5th Grade – Fish Characteristics
New Lab program!
What makes a fish, a fish? Explore the anatomy of interesting aquatic creatures and learn how inherited traits play a role in the struggle for survival. Students learn the names of each fish fin and participate in an activity that demonstrates inheritance of traits from parents.
6th Grade – Microorganisms
New Lab program!
Learn how microorganisms range from simple to complex and find out how the smallest things can affect people and nature in unexpected ways. Students are given the opportunity to see real preserved specimens under a microscope. They look at several species, identify them, and determine if they are harmful or helpful to humans.
7th-12th – Symbiotic Relationships
Focus on the many kinds of relationships among species. Terminology includes: producers and consumers, the 3 types of symbiotic relationships - mutualism, parasitism, and commensalism.
7th-12th – Shark Biology
Explore the adaptations that help make sharks some of the most fascinating predators in the ocean.
7th-12th – Aquarium Careers
New lab program!
Focus on different career opportunities in zoos and aquariums and meet some professionals at LLPA! Students will learn what it takes to run an aquarium and the steps required to advance in aquarium career fields. An optional hands-on lab component consists of performing water quality tests for actual aquarium exhibits. Tests include pH, nitrate, nitrite, and ammonia levels.
7th-12th -- Threatened and Endangered Species
Discuss how human influences are impacting threatened and endangered species. Using critical thinking, students are asked to infer likely causes of population decline in various species.
7th and 9th-12th -- Bird Adaptations Lab
New lab program!
Explore traits of different birds and determine how they are specific to the environment they live in. Students participate in two activities, one that demonstrates the relationship between beak shape and food choice and one that shows the mechanisms of inheritance and selection. (may include a live bird encounter depending on availability)
8th and 9th-12th -- Sustainable Fishing Lab
New lab program!
Become a commercial fisherman for a day! This lab simulates two types of commercial fishing through a hands-on activity that demonstrates harmful and safe fishing techniques. Each student is assigned a role, such as marine biologist, fisherman and data collector. Discussion is facilitated on conservation of resources and natural habitats by consumer choice.
9th-12th -- Ocean Properties Lab
New lab program!
Discover the amazing ways humans depend on the ocean! Through a set of experiments, students will learn different properties of water such as heat absorption, density of fresh water vs. salt water, and pH variations. Discussion takes places on the ocean’s physical and chemical properties and their importance to humans.
Prior to your visit to the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, we recommend that you download, print and use the Teacher Guide, as well as the Student Research Guide. Both resources were developed specifically to enhance and maximize learning experiences at the aquarium.
Note: Pdf documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and view. If you do not have the reader you can download it for free here.
Teacher GuidesPreK-K – Animal Shapes and Colors Teacher Guide
1st Grade - Fun with Maps Teacher Guide
2nd Grade - Blue Whale Teacher Guide
3rd Grade - Tides Teacher Guide
5th Grade - Fish Characteristics Teacher Guide
6th Grade - Microorganisms Teacher Guide
Student Research GuidesPreK-K Student Research Guide
1st-2nd Grade Student Research Guide
3rd-4th Grade Student Research Guide
5th-6th Grade Student Research Guide
7th-12th Grade Student Research Guide
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Field Trip Options
We offer two options for school field trips to the aquarium, Self-Guided with EcoVenture Classes and Self-Guided Only.
Please note: All morning EcoVenture Classes for March - May 2015 have been reserved; however there are still some afternoon EcoVenture classes available. We also have several morning and afternoon self-guided only visits available.
1) Self-Guided with EcoVenture Classes:
For teachers looking for a classroom style program during the field trip, EcoVenture classes can be added to the self-guided experience for no additional charge (if eligible – see chart above). To schedule a field trip with EcoVenture Classes, fill out the “EcoVenture Class Reservation Request Form.”
2) Self-Guided Only:
These visits are designed for schools who would like to explore the aquarium at their own pace without attending a class. To schedule a self-guided only field trip, fill out the “School Group Visit Reservation Request Form.”
All field trip reservations are made with our online forms below. Once you are ready to make a reservation, please fill out all fields completely and submit the form. Reservations must be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance. Submitting your request form does not guarantee that your field trip has been scheduled. Your field trip is guaranteed once you receive a confirmation e-mail.
We will make every effort to process your request within five business days. You will receive a confirmation email regarding your field trip date and time. If we cannot accommodate your request we will contact you.