Virtual Field Trips

Our Virtual Field Trip programs will never leave you adrift! All options are live, naturalist-led programs, delivered to your classroom or student’s homes via a secure Zoom connection. We are happy to deliver via alternative platforms to suit your safety and accessibility preferences.

Students will be inspired and excited by our fun introductions to marine topics. These naturalist-led programs are relaxed and interactive introductions to SSC tanks, animals and content. Teachers and students are encouraged to ask questions throughout the program and time is set aside at the end for additional questions.

Availability: Mondays and Tuesdays (other days subject to availability)

Time: 45-minute virtual program, including a 10 minute Q&A session

Cost: $100 per session 

Number of Participants: best for 50 or fewer students per session

Age Range: Early learners, middle school, and high school. We are able to accommodate all ages and skill levels. 


  • Rocky Shore Tide Pools: Animals and Adaptations
  • SSC Marine Mammal Rescue
  • Be The Solution To Ocean Pollution
  • Sharks, Skates, and Rays
  • Turtle Time


Rocky Shore Tide Pools: Animals and Adaptations

Sea stars, urchins, anemones, snails, algae, barnacles, crabs and more! Take a tour of our indoor tide pool to observe the wide-ranging and downright wacky adaptations of these rocky shore inhabitants! Magnified images and underwater video footage will complement your naturalist-led tide pool investigation to learn more about the unique attributes of the rocky intertidal ecosystem. Students will explore biodiversity, patterns and zonation, and the special adaptations that help animals and algae thrive in this challenging habitat. This program moves beyond an introduction to engage students in a closer examination of the special and wondrous adaptations necessary for survival in a wild and dynamic ecosystem.

Essential Questions:

  • What is a rocky intertidal ecosystem? What is unique about it? What makes living in this ecosystem challenging? What makes living in this ecosystem beneficial?
  • What is an adaptation? Why are adaptations so important in a rocky shore habitat?

Student Understandings

  • Students will understand how the biotic and abiotic characteristics of a rocky intertidal ecosystem influence an organism’s ability to survive in this environment.
  • Students will understand physical and behavioral adaptations and how they can help organisms survive.


SSC Marine Mammal Rescue 

What does it mean to be a member of the SSC Marine Mammal Rescue Team? Meet a team member to learn more about rescue and response, and discover the great variety of marine mammals that live here in the Gulf of Maine. then observe a mock seal response. Students will learn more about the tools, procedures and precautions that these marine scientists take when working in the field and lab.

Essential Questions:

  • What is a marine mammal? How are they similar/different from land mammals such as humans? From fish?
  • What is Marine Mammal Rescue? Why is it important? How can MMR help inform us about the health of the ocean? 
  • What can we do to keep our ocean healthy?

Student Understandings:

  • Students will understand how marine mammals are uniquely adapted to survive in the ocean.
  • Students will understand how the conservation of marine mammals helps maintain a healthy ocean, and how human behavior can impact the health of marine mammals in both positive and negative ways.


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Be The Solution To Ocean Pollution

Every year, about eight to twelve million metric tons of plastic is discarded into our oceans all around the world. Along with plastic pollution, marine life faces other forms of pollution like air, sound, and other anthropogenic causes. Students will explore all forms of pollution that threaten our world’s oceans and discuss solutions that we can do at home and throughout our everyday lives.

Essential Questions: 

  • What does pollution look like in the ocean? What is marine debris and how does it accumulate? How long does it take various items to degrade in the ocean?
  • What impacts do marine debris and pollution have on ocean animals and habitats? What actions and choices can we make to reduce the amount of pollution in the ocean? 

Student Understandings: 

  • Students will understand the various forms of pollution found in the ocean, how trash and debris flows to the sea, and how long it takes natural vs. man-made objects to break down in the water.
  • Students will understand the impacts of pollution on marine ecosystems, and the consumer choices they can make to reduce contributions to marine debris. 


Sharks, Skates, and Rays

Sharks are one of Earth’s most amazing and dynamic fish. Dive in with our experts to learn more about shark anatomy, behavior, and their acute senses that make them one of the ocean’s greatest predators. Students will observe the live sharks and skates at our Close Encounters tank. 

Essential Questions:

  • What makes a fish a fish? What features do all fish have in common? 
  • What is an adaptation? Why do different fish have different adaptations and how do they vary between fish species?
  • How can careful observations (anatomy, behaviors, location in the water column) help you learn more about a fish?

Student Understandings:

  • Students will understand that there are a wide variety of fish in the ocean, and that diversity is due to a wide variety of habitats and ways of living.
  • Students will understand what structural and behavioral adaptations are and how they are essential to the survival of fish throughout the ocean


Turtle Time

Get to know our three-toed box turtle, Raspberry! Box turtles have a carapace with a hinged bottom, allowing them to draw their body inside and “close the door!” But Raspberry is bright, alert and loves to open his shell and walk around for children to observe.  

Essential Questions: 

  • What makes reptiles different from other animals? What are some of the unique characteristics of testudines,turtles, and box turtles like Raspberry?
  • What is an endangered species? What conservation challenges face our native turtles? Why is it important to conserve these animals? How can we help?

Student Understandings: 

  • Students will understand the physical characteristics of reptiles and turtles, including basic anatomical structures and adaptations of marine and terrestrial species.
  • Students will understand what an endangered species is, how a species becomes threatened, and why it is important to conserve them.



Financial Assistance

Assistance may be available for groups with financial constraints. Please call Amanda at 603-436-8043, ext. 17 or email [email protected] to inquire about availability and request a Coastal Education Fund application form.  


To Schedule Your Program

Please fill out the Inquiry Form by clicking the button below and we will get back to you ASAP.  Or, you can contact Amanda at [email protected] directly to schedule your program. Once booked, we will make sure you have all of the information you need to make the most of your program.

Virtual Field Trip Inquiry Form


Please read all confirmation materials and communicate the information to participating teachers.

Full payment is required before your program begins.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel a program 20 business days prior to your program date, you will receive a 50% refund. “No shows” and cancellations made fewer than 20 business days prior will not receive a refund.



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