As scientists, learning is central to our daily life. As such, educational opportunities at the Marine Exploration Center are abundant and as vibrant as the marine life we support. We'll even bring the mysteries of the sea to you!

We invite you and your students to explore diverse marine environments of the world, including organisms that inhabit them and natural and anthropogenic processes that impact them. Our discovery includes marine life in Tampa Bay, extending to the Caribbean, the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean's colorful coral reefs.


All of our programs are aligned with the Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and include a variety of marine science, technology, research and innovation designed to meet the needs of your students.


Education Programs:


Mobile Touch Tank

Let our Education staff bring a touch tank to your classroom for a visit. We’ll select an assortment of critters such as hermit crabs, brittle stars, urchins and many more from our collection. All you need to bring is your curiosity! 30-45 minutes Pre-K-12th Grade: Ages 4-18 Maximum: 30 students




“Lets Talk Trash”

Trash, Marine Debris and Its Impact On Our Ocean’s Today.

Through video, hands on activities and discussion we will show how trash becomes marine debris, how long it takes to biodegrade, and its harmful effects on the ocean today. We will teach that proper choices can help keep trash from entering the ocean and help the environment. 30-45 minutes K-12th Grade: Ages 6-18. Maximum: 30 students

Swim With The Fishes

Now the #3 rated “Thing to Do” in St. Pete Beach on Conducted in tandem by our aquarist staff and hotel staff. Basic components and topics include snorkel swimming, aquarium maintenance and organism husbandry, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and more.