Aquarium Rovers

Let the Aquarium come to you! Our Aquarium Rovers outreach program brings interactive, hands-on learning to your facility. Each standards-based program includes engaging activities, wildlife artifacts and live animals. We travel all over the state hoping to inspire all ages to care for water, wildlife, and wild places.

41 of 46 Counties served by Aquarium Rovers since 2008

Program fees (*plus additional mileage fee)

Early Childhood & Elementary School Programs: $125 for first program, $85 for each additional
Middle School & High School Programs: $175 for first program, $125 for each additional


$15 flat rate for up to 30 miles round trip. Any additional mileage will be charged $0.85 per mile.

Early Childhood

(25 students max/program)
2-3 years old: 30 minute program
4-5 years old: 45 minute program

Ocean Critters

Dive into a vibrant ocean habitat to learn where animals live underneath the sea. Participants will also meet some of our local live marine invertebrates that call the ocean home.

Pond Explorers

Watch your classroom turn into a pond as we learn about this freshwater habitat. We’ll read an interactive story about a hungry frog and introduce your students to live native pond dwellers.

Swampy Snack

Practice counting from one to ten by meeting a variety of story animals that live near a swamp! Help Mr. Alligator find the perfect snack and touch live animals following the interactive story.


All school programs are 60 minutes (35 students max/program).

Habitat Hunt: Grades K-2

Whether they live in the ocean, the forest, or in the mountains, what do all animals need in their habitats to survive? Discover the different resources that animals need in their homes and meet a variety of live animals from habitats in South Carolina.
2014 Science Standards:
K.S.1A.1, K.S.1A.8, K.L.2A.1, K.L.2A.3, K.L.2A.5, K.L.2A.6
1.S.1A.1, 1.S.1A.8, 1.E.4B.2
2.S.1A.1, 2.S.1A.8, 2.L.5A.1, 2.L.5A.2, 2.L.5B.1, 2.L.5B.2, 2.L.5B.3

Food Chain Survival: Grades 3-5

Let’s work together to build a salt marsh food chain in your classroom! Interact with live examples of consumers, decomposers and apex predators learning how plants and animals use their adaptations to survive.
2014 Science Standards:
3.S.1A.1, 3.S.1A.2, 3.S.1A.6, 3.S.1A.8, 3.L.5A.2, 3.L.5B.1
4.S.1A.1, 4.S.1A.2, 4.S.1A.6, 4.S.1A.8, 4.L.5B.3
5.S.1A.1, 5.S.1A.2, 5.S.1A.6, 5.S.1A.8, 5.L.4B.1, 5.L.4B.2, 5.L.4B.3, 5.L.4B.4

Coastal Creators: Grades 3-5    

Put on your construction hat and your boots and join us in creating a three-dimensional salt marsh ecosystem! Let’s talk about oysters, pluff mud, tides and all the animals that make it such a vital habitat. We will showcase live animals that depend on the salt marsh to survive.
3.S.1A.1-8, 3.L.5, 3.L.5B.1
4.S.1A.1, 4.S.1A.2, 4.S.1A.6, 4.S.1A.8, 4.S.1B.1, 4.E.3B, 4.L.5B.3
5.S.1A.1-8, 5.S.18.1, 5.E.3A.1, 5.E.3B.2, 5.E.3B.3, 5.E.3B.4, 5.L.4A.1-2, 5.L.4B.2-4

E.S.I – Environmental Scene Investigation: Grades 5-8

Students become investigators challenged with finding the cause of environmental problems happening in South Carolina watersheds. The students will conduct water quality tests and analyze evidence to crack the case. The program concludes with live animals that depend on healthy watersheds for their survival.
2014 Science Standards:
5.S.1A.1, 5.S.1A.2, 5.S.1A.3, 5.S.1A.4, 5.S.1A.5, 5.S.1A.6, 5.S.1A.7, 5.S.1A.8, 5.S.1B.1, 5.E.3A.1, 5.E.3B.3
6.S.1A.1, 6.S.1A.2, 6.S.1A.3, 6.S.1A.4, 6.S.1A.5, 6.S.1A.6, 6.S.1A.7, 6.S.1A.8, 6.S.1B.1, 6.E.2A.3, 6.L.4B.2
7.S.1A.1, 7.S.1A.2, 7.S.1A.3, 7.S.1A.4, 7.S.1A.5, 7.S.1A.6, 7.S.1A.7, 7.S.1A.8, 7.S.1B.1, 7.P.2B.3, 7.EC.5A.3, 7.EC.5B.3
8.S.1A.1, 8.S.1A.2, 8.S.1A.3, 8.S.1A.4, 8.S.1A.5, 8.S.1A.6, 8.S.1A.7, 8.S.1A.8, 8.S.1B.1, 8.E.6B.2

Sea Turtle E.R.: Grades 6-12

Through a mock sea turtle stranding, students become sea turtle biologists to determine what happened to our injured sea turtle. Based on internal and external examinations, the students will use STEM skills to figure out the probable cause of the stranding and develop prospective treatment plans. Students will meet live animals and discuss conservation actions to help reduce human impacts on wildlife.
2014 Science Standards:
6.S.1A.1, 6.S.1A.2, 6.S.1A.3, 6.S.1A.4, 6.S.1A.5, 6.S.1A.6, 6.S.1A.7, 6.S.1A.8, 6.S.1B.1, 6.L.4B.3, 6.L.4B.4, 6.L.4B.5
7.S.1A.1, 7.S.1A.2, 7.S.1A.3, 7.S.1A.4, 7.S.1A.5, 7.S.1A.6, 7.S.1A.7, 7.S.1A.8, 7.S.1B.1, 7.L.3A.1, 7.L.3A.4, 7.L.3B.2, 7.EC.5A.3, 7.EC.5B.1, 7.EC.5B.3
8.S.1A.1, 8.S.1A.2, 8.S.1A.3, 8.S.1A.4, 8.S.1A.5, 8.S.1A.6, 8.S.1A.7, 8.S.1A.8, 8.S.1B.1, 8.E.6B.2
H.B.1A.1, H.B.1A.2, H.B.1A.3, H.B.1A.4, H.B.1A.5, H.B.1A.6, H.B.1A.7, H.B.1A.8, H.B.1B.1, H.B.6D.1

Community Outreach
Adult Groups

We are passionate about our mission at the South Carolina Aquarium and we would love to share the Aquarium experience with your group. Our adult programs include wildlife artifacts and encounters with live animals.

Library Programs

Attention librarians! Would you like to make the South Carolina Aquarium a part of your Summer Reading Program? Each year, we develop a program based on the summer reading theme that includes a fun activity and live animals.

Book a Program or Tell Us More

Don’t see a program that fits your group? We’d love to come visit you too! Please fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch to see how we can best serve your organization.

If you’d like to book a program, please fill out the form and an outreach team member will contact you within 3 business days. Please note that we need at least 3 weeks notice for scheduling a program. For more information or questions, contact Aquarium Rovers at (843) 577-FISH or email rovers@scaquarium.org.


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