St. Lucie County Aquarium

The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit at the St. Lucie County Aquarium features six different Florida marine and estuarine habitats for students to explore as they learn about the complexity and importance of marine ecosystems. Program activities include a scavenger hunt during which students will identify and match animals to their habitats, a visit to the touch tank, solving riddles and following clues to identify organisms in the tanks, using observational skills to answer questions about animal behaviors, using a dichotomous key to identify different seashells, calculating percent coverage for various bottom organisms, catching animals in the Indian River Lagoon using seine nets, and more. The aquarium also offers guided tours of the exhibits and live feedings, behind the scenes tours, and Teacher Loan Kits on the topics of Coral Reefs, Indian River Lagoon and Ocean Food Chains.

Contact Info
Address: 420 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34949. Saint Lucie County. Tel: 772-465-3271. Email: smseducation@si.edu. Website: www.sms.si.edu/SMEE/index.htm. Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 10AM-4PM, Sun. 12PM-4PM.

Trip Info
Grade Level: K-College. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Outreach. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1 hour. Cost: Fee.

SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Science, Environmental Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Science, Environmental Science.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Aquarium Lesson Plan

Did you know a sea cucumber can shoot its intestines at predators in order to avoid being eaten? That an electric eel can produce 500 watts of electricity to frighten away predators? Let students act like scientists to observe marine life while focusing on habitat, survival, and defense mechanisms.... Continue