Thank you for your interest in scheduling a field trip to the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station!
Please read the following details carefully to help review the your Field Trip options:
Option # 1: In Person Aquarium Experience - $10 per student “Aquarium Experience” Field Trips are about 1 hour long.
Option # 2: Aquarium Experience + Education Classes - $13 per student Aquarium Experience + Education Classes” Field Trips are about 2 hours long – this includes 1 hour in the Aquarium & 1 hour in the education class
Option # 3: Aquarium Experience WITH guided tour + Education Class - $15 per student “Aquarium Experience + Education Classes” Field Trips are about 2 hours long – this includes 1 hour in the Aquarium & 1 hour in the education class
In person, education classes are about 60 minutes long and can host up to 35 - 40 students. Your Field Trip will start with your education class and then followed by a trip the Aquarium.
Education Classes are available Monday - Friday at 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm and 1:00pm. Education class times are fixed and cannot be changed.
Class Topics will include:
K – 2nd: Animal Needs: Come join us at the St. Louis Aquarium and learn about the four basic animal needs [food, water, shelter, and oxygen]. You and your students will learn about the four animal needs and guess two of our animals at the aquarium animal need.
3rd – 4th Adaptations: How does an animal survive in the wild? What cool behaviors or traits does it have to help it survive? Animals have developed unique adaptations to help protect themselves from danger. Come and learn about what adaptations are and what adaptations our animals have.
3rd – 5th: Who Polluted the Mississippi: St. Louis is located by the second largest river in North America; the Mississippi River! The Mississippi River has provided many opportunities not only for Native Americans, but for settlers as well. However, what would happen if more voyagers came to the area? What would happen to the river? Take a journey and learn what has happened to the Mississippi River and how you can help!
5th – 8th Food Webs and Population Balance: Come learn about the interconnection between animals and the environment. Food chains tell us the process of where we get energy, how we eat, and what happens to us in the circle of life. What would happen if one animal or plant disappears from the food chain? Come see how these changes affect the environment and what our duty is in the food chain and food web.
6th – 12th Engineering Solutions for Animal Care: Animals have been around for many years and have helped humans in a variety of ways. With animals helping us out in many ways, what would happen if an animal was hurt or injured? When an animal is hurt or injured, we take action and help them out! In this program, you will solve a true “animal case” that veterinarians and biologists had to create for an animal in need. Are you up for the challenge?
K-12th: Creepy Crawlies: Join us at the St. Louis Aquarium and learn how the creepy crawlies are not so creepy! Come learn about the different creepy crawlies we have [Crustaceans, Arachnids, and Mollusks] and why they are important in the world!
K – 12th Incredible Invertebrates: Did you know invertebrates make up 97% of the world’s animal population? Come learn about our invertebrates here at the St. Louis Aquarium and why they are important for the ecosystem.
K – 12th Turtles, Tortoises, Oh My!: What makes a turtle a turtle and a tortoise a tortoise? Come learn about the difference between turtles and tortoises at the St. Louis Aquarium! Students will learn what makes them unique and how our Animal Trainers take care of them.
K – 12th Soar with the Rays: Come “soar” with us at the St. Louis Aquarium with our Ray Species! Come learn about the three different species that swim in our Shark Canyon: Cownose, Southern, and Lesser Devil Rays. After learning about them, you will get a chance to see how they eat and get to touch them!
Students & Adult Chaperones
We are pleased to offer one complimentary adult chaperone admission for every 7 students attending your field trip.
We require all schools to provide at least 1 adult chaperone for every 7 students attending.
Additional adult chaperones are welcome to attend, but should purchase an adult aquarium ticket ($25) online in advance to ensure entry at the time of the field trip group.
Classes must have a minimum of 10 students to qualify for field trip pricing. Field Trip Pricing is only available Monday – Friday.
Buses are asked to drop off students at the Main Entrance. Please have your students in groups upon arrival.
We will provide 1 complimentary bus pass for all field trips. Additional parking passes available for purchase at $5 per car/bus.
Please click here to view our bus-parking map.
No food, drink, or gum is allowed in the Aquarium.
We do not have space for onsite lunches. No outside food and beverages allowed. Please note that the Train Shed and Soda Fountain restaurants are not able to accommodate large walk up groups.
A signed contract is required to hold your desired field trip date and time.
Full payment is due 2 weeks prior to your desired field trip date and time.
Pricing is tax inclusive. If you are tax exempt, you MUST provide a copy of the document. If the document is not received prior to the charge, all sales are final and tax is non-refundable.
We look forward to hearing back from you to confirm your Field Trip!