Outreach Programs

Pre & K Grades 1-2 Grades 3-4 Grades 5 & up Labs & Dissection

At this moment, the Living Art Marine Center does not offer Outreach Programs. The information below is listed for your information only. We'd like to thank everyone for the wonderful support we have received over the past 8 years.

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What's an Outreach Program?
I'm glad you asked!
Our experienced educators can travel to your school - or any location - with exciting hands-on marine science education programs. We have topics and activities aligned with class-room curriculum and specifically developed for each grade level from pre-school to 8th grade. There are two different options:


1. Marine Mobile Interactive Outreach Programs - recommended This one hour presentation includes a grade appropriate interactive learning topic of your choice (see below), live ocean animals to see, live tide pool animals to touch, and gyotaku fish printing on paper. This is the best choice for the most hands-on learning experience for your students.

2. Basic Outreach Program Looking for a shorter 30 minute activity-only session? We got you covered. This casual booth-style set-up includes live tide pool animals to touch, and gyotaku fish printing. This option is the best for younger students, larger groups, or can be adjusted as an amazing hands-on activity for science night or public event.

Is an outdoor experience more your thing? Our experienced naturalists will host guided Reef Walk programs to observe Hawaiian marine life in their natural habitat, year round. Click here to inquire about cost, availability, and reservations.

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Students observe jelly fish
Students observe jelly fish - PC Phillipsphotography.com
Many of our Outreach Programs include seeing and touching live tide pool animals.
Many of our Outreach Programs include seeing and touching live tide pool animals.
Pre and Kindergarten
Super Sea Stars - Pre & Kindergarten.
Super Sea Stars - Preschool & Kindergarten
Did you know that some sea stars can grow back their arms and that there is a sea star that looks like a pin cushion? Students get to touch a live sea star, visit our Discovery Zone and do a special printing craft to take home.
Topics: Scientific inquiry, structures and functions of living organisms, diversity.
Happy Hermits - Preschool & Kindergarten.
Happy Hermits - Preschool & Kindergarten
Join us on an journey filled with discovery, hands-on learning, and lots of fun. Young learners meet three different Hawaiian Hermit Crabs, touch some of them, and make a craft activity to take home.
Topics: Scientific inquiry, structures and functions of living organisms, diversity.
Big & Small - Important for All! new - Kindergarten.
Big & Small - Important for All! - Kindergarten
The unfathomable size and depth of the ocean can leave one wondering: What lives down there? Creatures as large as a school bus and smaller than a grain of rice are all important to the livelihood of all living animals on earth. In a playful manner, students will measure out the size of some of the largest, and the smallest of marine animals and find out what role they play.
Topics: Scientific inquiry, structures and functions of living organisms, diversity.
Pics & Reviews
A sea urchin's skeleton is called a test.
A sea urchin's skeleton is called a test.
"We had a great playgroup field trip! The staff was very accommodating and friendly! This is a hidden gem! The kids really enjoyed it! I definitely want to come back to try some of other activities they offer!"
-Shannon M. through Facebook
Students get to touch authentic marine fossils.
Students get to touch authentic marine fossils.
"Came with my 4 year old daughters class. We had a great time. Very educational. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Great art projects for the kids! And the kids loved petting the sea life. A wonderful experience!"
-Ryan E. through Yelp
Grades 1 and 2
Ocean Treasures new - Grades 1 and up
Ocean Treasures - Grades 1 and up
Stroll along the beach and you can find a large range of Ocean Treasures easily. But what animal do they belong too? Ever heard of a test? What's an operculum? What can we learn from animal adaptations? Students will discover about animal body parts and their function, and how we can apply what we know to modern science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Topics: Scientific inquiry, structures and functions of living organisms, diversity.
Fish Detective - Grades 3 and 4
Cool Camouflage - Grades 1 and 2
Exploring the reef can be difficult! Many marine animals rely on camouflage to blend in with their surrounding or to confuse a predator. The predators got wise too and use that same technique to sneak up on an unsuspecting mid-day snack. Children learn how different ocean animals use special adaptations to survive and protect themselves on the reef. Program includes live animal observation, touching animals, and Gyotaku Fish Printing.
Topics: Scientific inquiry, structures and functions of living organisms, diversity.
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Making Gyotaku fish prints is part of all programs.
Making Gyotaku fish prints is part of all programs. T-shirt printing is available for a small fee.
"Favorite part was having children make their own t-shirt with adult supervision. Tour guide made learning experience fun!"
-Ruby through Yelp
Grades 3 and 4
Touching tidepool animals is part of the fun.
Hawaiian Tide Pool Animals - Grades 3 and up
Pe'a, ina, wana, and loli? These are just some of the Hawaiian tide pool animals that you can easily find in our shallow waters. Students learn how to identify classifying characteristic of different categories of tide pool phyla and practice writing and saying their Hawaiian names. Try Lauwiliwilinukunuku'oi'oi!
NGSS topics: Waves and Information, Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, Hawaiian language.
Marine Fossils new - Grades 3 and up
Marine Fossils - Grades 3 and up
Millions of years ago, our oceans were filled with creatures beyond imagination such as the massive Megalodon, and the gigantic Mosasaurus. Relatives of smaller creatures like sand dollars, clams, brachiopods, and ammonites are still around today. Students will be able to handle real marine fossils and learn about differences and similarities between modern marine animals and ancient.
Topics: Scientific inquiry, structures and functions of living organisms, diversity.
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It's a Bird... It's a Plane... No, it's a flatworm!
It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's a flatworm! 😊
When was the last time you held a million year old sea urchin test?
When was the last time you held a million year old sea urchin test?
Grades 5 and up
Aquaponics - Grades 5 and up
Aquaponics - Grades 5 and up
Aquaponics is a revolutionary sustainable technique in which plants are grown on a water bed, living off fish waste, in an intricately balanced food cycle. This advanced class focuses on food webs including fish, plants, and bacteria and how they can all sustain each other, in perfect balance.
Topics: Interdependence, Nitrogen Cycle, food webs scientific inquiry, sustainability. This program also incorporates several chemistry topics.
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Students get to assemble their own mini aquaponics garden.
Students get to assemble their own mini aquaponics garden.
"My daughter & her classmate is entering the Science Fair with their Aquaponic project & what better timing to check out the Aquaponic workshop at the Living Art Marine Center. It was very educational."
-Tennille C. through Facebook
Dissection and Labs
Professor Tako's Squid Dissection - Grades 3 and up
Professor Tako's Squid Dissection - Grades 3 and up
Dissection is an important part of scientific discovery that can help us better understand how life works. Students will dissect their own squid, learn about this animal, and find out what all these body parts are for. Do you think you can find the beak, siphon, or ink sac?
Topics: Unity and diversity, structure and function, hypothesis, observation, dissection, scientific inquiry. Students will safely dissect a real squid. Live animals and crafts are not part of this program.
Professor Tako's Fish Dissection - Grades 3 and up
Professor Tako's Fish Dissection - Grades 3 and up
Do you know what a swim bladder is for? How about a lateral line? Ever heard of a peduncle? What adaptations do fish have to survive? All these and more questions will be answered as students dissect a fish.
Topics: Unity and diversity, structure and function, hypothesis, observation, dissection, scientific inquiry. Live animals and crafts are not part of this program.
Wacky Wild Wet Lab - Grades 3 and 4 and up
Wacky Wild Wet Lab - Grades 3 and 4 and up
Scientific terms such as density, weight, pressure, temperature, and compression may be hard to grasp. Not with this hands-on experiment-based lab class. Short and safe water experiments encourage students to make hypothesis and test them out themselves.
Topics: Scientific inquiry, scientific method, hypothesis. This program does not involve live animals or craft.
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Students dissect a squid during Punahou's Lacy Veach Day.
Touching a squid: a bit smelly but quite fun.
Touching a squid: a bit smelly but quite fun.