Plan A Field Trip

Planning a trip is easy! Use the information on this page as your guide for field trips.

Learn on the ground and at the source: plan a field trip here! The best way to experience Oregon's coastal environments and biodiversity is here, at the Aquarium. Kids can touch, see, hear and talk about animals, plants, birds and other sea life.

Scheduling Your Field Trip

  • Call 541-867-3474, Ext. 5301, and reserve the date(s).
  • Come early! School groups visiting the Aquarium September through December will receive an extra 10% discount in admission! You must make a reservation in advance to receive the discount.
  • Payment can be made in cash, purchase order, or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover).
  • A signed copy of the Teacher & Group Leader Contract is required to gain entry into the Aquarium.
  • Visit the Teacher Resources page for self-guided materials and curriculum to make the most of your trip.
  • Construction on Highway 20 from Corvallis to Newport may cause a 20- to 30-minute driving delay. Take an alternative route or plan for the possible delay. Visit the Oregon Trip Check website for real time updates on all state road conditions, including construction delays.
  • Download our Making Your Field Trip A Success guide for more information.

How Much Will It Cost?

You can find detailed information about our school field trip rates on our Hours & Admissions page.

Program Reservation

Check out our Lab Programs to see which class works best for your learning objectives. Call our group coordinator at 541-867-3474, Ext. 5301, to reserve your lab today.

  • Reservations must be made at least 10 days in advance of school visit.
  • Classes scheduled for a lab or theater program must arrive at least 15 minutes before the program time in order to complete the entry process and begin on time.
  • Cancellations must be made at least 10 days prior to visit to receive a full refund.
  • The Aquarium reserves the right to cancel a program without notice in the case of an emergency or due to a school's late arrival.

Chaperones

We recommend (and admit free of charge) one chaperone for every five students. Chaperones must be at least 21 years of age, model good behavior and accompany students at all times.
  • 1 chaperone per 10 students is required for all self guided visits.
  • 1 chaperone per 5 students is required for classroom lab programs. See the Teacher's Resource Page for more information.

Lunches

For your convenience, the Aquarium has a covered picnic area near the parking lots, with accommodations for a limited number of visitors.

We do not allow food, candy or drink – including student lunches – to be brought into the Aquarium. Food purchased in the cafe must be eaten in designated areas.

Oceanscape Network: Building A Better Field Experience

Field experiences should be a fun, memorable and important part of a student’s education. It’s important for kids of all ages to see and experience new things. The success of a field experience is dependent on good planning, clear expectations and student engagement. To help educators build better field experiences, even before you set foot outside the school, the Oceanscape Network has produced some new resources. Click here for more.