Chaperones are key to a successful visit. Not only are chaperones responsible for the behavior and safety of the students, they shape each student's learning experience during the Aquarium visit. It is important you carefully select and prepare them ahead of time.

Chaperone with group of students outside the Aquarium

How many chaperones do you need?

  • Bring at least one chaperone for every 10 students in your group.*
  • One chaperone is admitted free for every four children in grades K–12.
  • One chaperone is admitted free for every student in preschool or with special needs.
  • Admission for each extra chaperone is $20.
  • All additional chaperone fees must be paid with a single credit card payment per group.
  • All chaperones must be at least 21 years of age.

*If you arrive with fewer than one chaperone for every 10 students, your group will not be admitted to the Aquarium. All of our school visitors, from preschool through 12th grade must stay with their chaperones at all times while inside the Aquarium. Students are not permitted to explore the Aquarium unsupervised. This policy is for the protection of your students and the safety and comfort of all visitors. School groups violating this policy will be asked to leave.

Preparing Your Chaperones

Before Your Visit

The Day of the Field Trip

  • Explain the schedule for the day. Be sure your chaperones know:
    1. The times and places to meet for lunch and to leave for home.
    2. How you will communicate with one another once you have arrived at the Aquarium.
    3. What learning activities you have planned for the students and their role in those activities.
    4. Whether or not your students will be allowed to visit the gift shops.
  • Provide each chaperone with a list of students for whom they are responsible and remind them that they must stay with their group at all times.
  • Introduce the students to the chaperones.
  • Ensure that everyone enters as a group.

Chaperone Communication

Communication between chaperones and teachers is vital to a well-organized field trip. Be sure to:

  • Provide all chaperones with the lead teacher's contact information.
  • Collect chaperone contact information in case of an emergency.
  • Provide your chaperones with a number to the school in case of an emergency.