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Jenkinson’s Aquarium offers educators an effective way to introduce the wonders of the aquatic world to their students. Our education programs provide an excellent introduction or conclusion to your unit of study, and are an exciting experience that students will remember forever. Guided tours are available year round. Focus programs are available from September through February. All tours and focus programs are adapted to the appropriate grade level and support the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards..

Enhance your guided tour with a focus program! Join us in our classroom for approximately 1/2 hour to discuss the topic of your choice in depth. Aquarium education specialists will use a hands-on, interactive approach to allow your students to teach themselves and each other about your focus topic. Focus programs are available from September through February, and can be booked along with a guided tour by calling Group Sales at (732) 892-3274. If you would like to discuss the content of your focus program or to design a new focus program, please contact the education coordinator at (732) 899-1659.

Focus Program Descriptions

Barnegat Bay Watershed Wonders
As one of our newest programs, this has been a big hit with schools located within the watershed. By seeing the diversity of life found here (including live specimens), students gain respect for our environment and are motivated to conserve it.

Discover Invertebrates
Why are starfish (now called sea stars) not fish? Through hands-on discovery, students learn about the most abundant animals on Earth – invertebrates. Program includes live specimens, artifacts, and grouping various invertebrates (sea stars, urchins, snails, and crabs) together based on common characteristics.

Fin Tales and Shark Scales
What makes a fish a fish? We’ll discuss biodiversity as we observe similarities and differences in fish color, shape, fins, and behavior. Discover why sharks are unique from other types of fish, and how this feared predator benefits our oceans. Learn about conservation efforts to protect them.

Habitat Habits
What makes a habitat a home? Students learn the key factors every habitat must have in order to support life and how animals and plants have adapted to their habitats as we explore various aquatic habitats.   

Outrageous Reptiles
How are alligators, snakes, and turtles related? Students learn the characteristics of all reptiles and the differences in their lifestyles. This program includes a presentation of live reptiles.   

Penguin Pointers
Watch a penguin waddle around your classroom. This program clears up common misconceptions about penguins as students learn about their biology, geography, care and feeding, and conservation.

Marine Mammal Mania
Students learn about characteristics of marine mammals, as we compare our own harbor seals to whales, sea lions, and other mammals adapted to life in the sea. Besides anatomy and behavior, we’ll also discuss methods we use for training our seals.

Rainforest Revelations
Students explore the rainforest layer by layer, creating a model complete with animals from different groups. Discover the importance of biodiversity, meet a live rainforest animal, and investigate some jungle products you use every day. Habitat threats and conservation issues will also be discussed.

Species Survival
(Middle and high school groups)
Learn how the conservation efforts of aquariums and zoos benefit rare animal species. Meet one of our African penguins, learn about threats to their survival and Jenkinson’s involvement in a Species Survival Plan, designed to ensure a healthy population for the future.

Amazing Amphibians
Will kissing a frog turn him into a prince? What kind of animal is a frog anyway? This new program will address amphibian biology and conservation, as well as what you can do to preserve them in your own backyard!

Proud to be a Piney
Did you know that the first national reserve was right here in New Jersey? Not only that, but the Pinelands National Reserve is home to more than 35 threatened and endangered species, all with their own adaptations! Discover some of the amazing critters that live right in our backyard and discover why they are proud to be Pineys!