Educational Programs


Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s educational department seeks to provide as many opportunities to provide educational experiences that are engaging and fun here at CMA or off-site.

A group visit is the best way to experience Clearwater Marine Aquarium at a discounted rate.


(Schools, Scouts and Camps)

The cost for eligible educational groups is $8.95 per person (students, chaperones and teachers) for admission to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, with a minimum of 10 people.

Book your Educational Group Visit through the tour desk with a minimum of 2 weeks’ notice – 727-441-1790 Ext. 264.

Educational Add-On Programs

Group visits are completely self-guided; however, school, educational or scout groups can schedule a 45-minute educational add-on program. Educational add-on programs are available for as low as $2.95 per student. Please see our Educational Planner PDF for all of our program selections. Book your add-on program below!



You can also book through the tour desk with a minimum of 2 weeks’ notice – 727-441-1790 Ext. 264.

Please note that requesting a certain date or time does not reserve your spot. Your group will receive a confirmation e-mail once your date or time is reserved. It is recommended that you bring your confirmation e-mail with you on your group visit. Groups arriving more than 15 minutes late for scheduled educational add-on programs will forfeit the program without refund.

Sweet Dreams with Winter Program

sweet dreams with Winter

Need a teambuilding or service project for your group? This program gives your group an opportunity to work together and team build to prepare and decorate pillowcases for children currently undergoing treatment. Teams will engage in Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s mission by first learning about our rescued resident animals and participating in various activities while learning about marine-friendly practices. Using only eco-conscience products, the pillowcases are then assembled and decorated for delivery to local community partners. Participants are able to write and attach a personalized message for the pillowcase recipient.

Group size: 10-100

Program length: 2 to 2.5 hours

Non-school groups — $20.00/per person.
School Groups — $10.00/per person


  • Ice-breaker.
  • Creation of teams.
  • Delivery of eco-friendly messaging.
  • Activity.
  • Pillowcase creation.

For more information, please contact: [email protected] or call 727-441-1790 x 262.

Girl Scout Programs

girl scouts looking at enrichment devices for dolphinsAvailable: September to May

Length: 2 Hours

Price: $10.95*

Troop Size: Minimum 10 participants, maximum 50 participants. (Consecutive sessions can be conducted if group size is larger than 50).

*Some programs may vary in price.

All Girl Scout troops who participate in an educational program will earn an exclusive Winter’s Go Green for Marine fun bracelet. This bracelet is only available to Girl Scout troops who participate in an educational program and is not available for purchase in our gift shop. Participating Scouts and two group leaders get complimentary admission to the Aquarium after the program. Any additional parents and children pay $8.95 per person group admission rate.



Make the World a Better Place Petal: Learn how to choose eco-friendly alternatives to help our marine life, and practice making the world a better place through a recycling game.


Use Resources Wisely Petal: Learn how being resourceful can help our marine life, and have fun being resourceful through an eco-friendly activity.



Earn your requirements for the Senses badge by comparing your senses to some of our resident marine animals.


What can you do to go green at home? See how we “Go Green” at Clearwater Marine Aquarium and how this impacts our oceans. Make a “no sew” reusable bag.



Let Clearwater Bay and our resident animals be your inspiration to explore, create, and design different kinds of art.


Earn your requirements for the Animal Habitats badge by learning about animal habitats at Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the
surrounding area of Clearwater Bay. Have a Wildlife Awareness Party featuring sea turtles!



Earn your requirements for the Animal Helpers badge by learning about the incredible rescue stories of our resident animals. Discuss how these marine animals have shaped the lives of people, inspired by their stories of survival, while creating your own inspiration box.


Earn 4 of your Tree badge requirements by learning about native tree species and how they impact human and marine life. Create a model treehouse design using recyclable materials.



Become an expert kayaker. Explore nature and learn the basics and safety of kayaking. Take your own kayaking trip around Clearwater Bay where you can practice your skills. This guided program is two hours long and the cost per person is $35.00.



Earn 4 requirements for the Water badge. Start by learning about your relation with water from a Marine Biologist. Discuss current water issues and develop your own water solutions. Become one with water, as we drop a hydrophone into Clearwater Bay to collect sounds, and create your own water composition.


Earn one requirement for your ultimate recreation challenge by taking a guided kayak tour around Clearwater Bay. This program is
two hours long and the cost per person is $35.00.


Sleepover Programs


Price: $79.95 per child (5-18 years of age) and chaperones

Educational and Fun

CMA’s overnight program, Sawyer’s Sleepover Adventure, combines education and fun as your group explores the Aquarium after hours.  Get a private tour of CMA, learn about our resident animals, and wake up for a boat tour around beautiful Clearwater Bay with one of our marine specialists.  Perfect for scout troops and birthday parties!  Available weekends.

Activities may include:

  • Pizza snack
  • Sleeping at Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Educational Activity
  • Light breakfast
  • Eco Boat tour
  • Admission to Clearwater Marine Aquarium the next day

Sleepover Manual

To reserve your group visit, please call 727-441-1790 Ext. 262.
(You must have completed release forms for each member of the group in order to complete enrollment.)

Off-site Programs

Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s off-site programs are designed with your classroom in mind. These programs enrich student experiences by providing hands-on learning environments. Expand upon daily classroom curriculum with a visit from one of CMA’s education staff members.

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After-School Programs

After School ProgramsClearwater Marine Aquarium’s After-school Adventures! We offer an interactive and educational after-school program to area schools looking to promote ecological awareness and environmental stewardship. We come to your school once a week and conduct an hour-long class for up to 30 children. We bring all our own materials, unique curriculum and knowledgeable staff. Our classes range in topic, including dolphin behavior, turtle anatomy, bird life, ocean invertebrates, reducing your ecological footprint and more. We are able to modify our content if your students are investigating a certain topic on which we could expand. We offer programs for children in grades K-8 and would be happy to conduct any grade range combination you would like at your school. Please contact the education coordinator at [email protected] for more information and to book your program. Available: August – May Length: 1 hour per week, 8-week duration. Time: After-school hours. Price: Please call for pricing. Group Size: Minimum 10 students, maximum 30 students.

Custom Classroom Broadcasts

Custom Broadcasts


CMA now offers virtual field trips for your school or group. These interactive lessons teach students about marine life. Participating groups may submit questions prior to the virtual field trip for our staff to answer during the session. Meet world-famous Winter the Dolphin and learn about our amazing rehabilitated animals, all in your own school. All of our staff knowledge is at your fingertips. It’s educational and fun!

Available: Monthly
Length: 30-45 minutes long
Price: $150.00
Age Range: Any age range is available.


The broadcast is a pre-recorded video including the answers to your submitted questions and a session with Winter, her prosthetic tail, and two of her trainers. You will have access to the Custom Broadcast for a month and can watch it an unlimited number of times.


Skype with an education staff member along with a training session with one of our resident dolphins. Have all your questions answered live and virtually tour around the Aquarium. The skype is a one-time occurrence. Contact the Education Coordinator at [email protected] to book your custom and unique learning experience today.

Contact the Education Coordinator at [email protected] to book your custom and unique learning experience today.