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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

Learning Today for a Cleaner Barnegat Bay  
Wade through the extensive diversity of plant and animal life inhabiting the Barnegat Bay.  Learn how human activities affect the wildlife in our local watershed and discuss ways to help conserve this valuable natural area.  NJCCCS: 5.3.B,C,D, and E

No Bones About It
Through hands-on discovery, students learn about the most abundant animals on Earth – invertebrates. Artifacts as well as live specimens such as sea stars, urchins, snails, and horseshoe crabs will be used to discuss the various groupings based on common characteristics.  NJCCCS:  5.3 B, C, D, and E

Fishy Scales and Shark Tails
In this program, similarities and differences between fish colors, shapes, fins, and behaviors will be discussed.  Discover why sharks are unique, and how this feared predator benefits our oceans.  Learn about important conservation efforts to protect them.  NJCCCS:  5.3 B, C, D, and E

Habitat Habits
Students learn the key factors every habitat must provide to support life.  Be amazed at how animals and plants have adapted to survive in their specific habitats.     NJCCCS:  5.3 B, C, D, and E

Outrageous Reptiles
Students learn the characteristics of all reptiles and the differences in their lifestyles by comparing the different reptile groups: snakes, turtles, lizards, and crocodilians.    NJCCCS:  5.3 B, C, D, and E

Penguin Pointers
Waddle into the world of penguin biology, geography, care, feeding, and conservation.  NJCCCS:  5.3 B, C, D, and E

Marine Mammal Mania
Students learn about characteristics of marine mammals as we compare harbor seals to whales, sea lions, and other mammals adapted to life in the sea. Besides anatomy and behavior, we’ll also discuss the ways climate change is affecting these animals. NJCCCS:  5.3 B, C, D, and E

Rainforest Revelations
Explore the rainforest layer by layer!  Discover the importance of biodiversity in this amazing environment.  Have some fun investigating some jungle products you use everyday.  Habitat threats and conservation issues will also be discussed.  NJCCCS:  5.3 B, C, D, and E

Polar Bears in a Warming World  
Students will learn about these unique marine mammals and the Arctic habitat they call home.  We will discuss the effects of climate change on the Arctic as well as its inhabitants.  Steps we can take each day to help save this fragile ecosystem will also be addressed.  NJCCCS:  5.3 B, C, D, and E

Species Survival (Middle and high school groups) 
Learn how the conservation efforts of aquariums and zoos benefit endangered animal species. Meet one of our African penguin while learning about threats to their survival.  Learn why Jenkinson’s Aquarium’s involvement in a Species Survival Plan is designed to ensure a healthy population for the future.  NJCCCS:  5.3 B, C, D, and E

Amazing Amphibians
Will kissing a frog turn him into a prince? This program will address amphibian lifestyles and biology.  Learn how to provide the right habitat for these mosquito eaters and why a world without frogs would be a slimy situation. NJCCCS:  5.3 B, C, D, and E

New Jersey’s Precious Pinelands 
Fun Fact:  The first national reserve is located right here in New Jersey.  The Pinelands National Reserve is home to many threatened and endangered species, all with their own adaptations. Meet some of the animals that live in this reserve – one of the world’s major ecosystems.  NJCCCS:  5.1, 5.6, 5.10, 6.6, and 2.1

Talking Trash
Not just about litter, this program invites students to look at trash from a marine animal’s point of view.  We will uncover the truth about marine debris while brainstorming for new ways to solve this old, dirty problem.  This lesson can be paired with a self-guided beach clean up to fulfill service learning requirements. NJCCCS:  5.3 B, C, D, and E