Marine Science Field Trips for Kids

Class lessons are brought to life as kids see fish and marine creatures underwater.

About the Program

One of our most popular programs, our snorkeling field trips take young children out on the water in our 49-passenger catamaran, the Thea Marie.

A few hours lead to a lifetime of memories for kids seeing fish and marine creatures, often for the first time. Lessons learned in class continue underwater as they try to identify various species of fish, invertebrates and other marine life.

During manatee migration season in November and December, students also get a chance to see manatees from a safe distance and study the animal’s habitat and plant food sources. Since many manatees bear propeller scars from collisions with boats, these sightings are an important reminder of the great care boaters must take during manatee season. Younger students also explore the effects of water pollution and its impact on the manatee.


This is a marine science field trip with a true hands-on learning experience. Kids learn about the environment and its effects on marine life, while also building confidence in their water skills and combating fear of the ocean. Activities help them build confidence, emotional management skills, teamwork skills and critical thinking.


Elementary and middle school students at local schools or youth programs.


This course supplements the Marine Lab and is taught exclusively by boat in our hybrid catamaran, the Thea Marie, which is Coast Guard-inspected, handicapped-accessible and docked at the Riviera Beach Marina.

After students and their chaperones meet at the Marine Center docks, we will ride to various snorkeling locations off the shores of Palm Beach County, including Peanut Island, to identify fish and other marine life. All boat rides include life vests and safety equipment and are under the guidance of a USCG-licensed captain, FFA guides and instructors.

Activities Included

  • Lessons on identifying fish, invertebrates and other sea life
  • Learning about the manatee and threats to its habitat
  • Lessons on water and boating safety at sea
  • Hands-on conservation education
  • SEL and mindfulness skills 

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