Call the Reservations Department: at (423) 265-0698 or (800) 262-0695 ext. 3600 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Reservations will be accepted up to 10 working days prior to your visit. 

Don’t forget to book a FREE education program for your school group! Ask the reservationists for more information.

Animal Encounters

Fun Animal Encounters

From a hairy tarantula to a talking African gray parrot, you never know what you’ll bump into in Ranger Rick's Backyard Safari at the Tennessee Aquarium!


Teacher Tools

Make your field trip a learning expedition by using the following downloadable educational materials.  Please keep in mind, writing against the exhibits or graphic panels may scratch the acrylic so please provide each student with something to write on such as a notebook or clipboard and a pencil.


This guide is designed to help prepare your class for their field trip and help you lead your group as they explore the exhibits in the Aquarium.



Turn your field trip to the Aquarium into a scavenger hunt!  Not only will AquaQuest enhance your students’ learning experience, but they will have fun discovering all the answers. Choose the appropriate grade level below and print a copy of the pdf. 

 AquaQuest Pre K - K  Pre K - K AquaQuest Answers
 1st - 2nd AquaQuest  1st - 2nd AquaQuest Answers
 3rd - 5th AquaQuest  3rd - 5th AquaQuest Answers
 6th - 8th AquaQuest  6th - 8th AquaQuest Answers
9th - 12th AquaQuest  9th - 12th AquaQuest Answers

Have your students answer these 10 questions before and after their visit to the Penguins' Rock exhibit in our Ocean Journey building.  This is a great way to find out what they learn during their visit and a good way to offer some extra credit points!  There is no answer key to this quiz; the answers are all numbered in the exhibit.


This food web will help you understand the diverse and complicated world of the Delta Swamp in River Journey.

These dichotomous keys will help you identify the fish in the Gulf of Mexico and Nickajack Lake exhibits in River Journey and the Secret Reef exhibit in Ocean Journey.  Use the blank dichotomous key to make your own.

Educational supplements are available for visually impaired guests. Each sensory bag consists of a duffel bag (one for Ocean Journey and one for River Journey) which has hands-on props and printed information for dictation. If someone in your group would like to use the sensory bag during their visit, please check with a Guest Services Associate when you arrive.

THE OCEAN WE WANT TO KNOW (animated video)
One World One Ocean's new animated video celebrates the wonders of the ocean with stunning facts about our connection to the planet's lifeline. Print the infographic fact sheet to use with the video. 


Find out how much rain falls in a given area using one of these student work sheets for measuring runoff: 

This guide presents a vision of an ocean-literate society. A practical resource for educators, it outlines the knowledge required to be considered ocean literate in accordance with the National Science Education Standards (NSES). These standards were designed to “guide our nation toward a scientifically literate society” [National Academy of Sciences (NAS), 1996.] and provide criteria to judge progress toward a national vision of science literacy. Click here to open a pdf of the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles brochure.

Our exciting IMAX movies offer students an additional learning experience. Click here to see current film schedules. You’ll find a link to the right of the movie poster that takes you to the Educator’s Resource Guide for each film which contains background information and classroom activities. 
PLEASE NOTE: During much of the school year, IMAX has a 10am Teacher’s Choice available Monday through Friday. The first group to reserve a minimum of 100 students for this show time, can choose a current film or a past film such as Flight of the Butterflies 3DGreat White Shark 3DBorn to be Wild 3DTo the Arctic 3DRocky Mountain Express 2D or Penguins 3D. When you call to make your group reservation, be sure to ask about this option.

The Tennessee Aquarium monitors the health of the Tennessee River with the help of a sonde – a device that records characteristics of the water at regular intervals. Learn more about the Tennessee River water quality results why it matters to all of us.

Field Trips

The Tennessee Aquarium provides an unforgettable learning experience for children at all grade levels. Not only does the Aquarium exceed the science standards for Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama; we are also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as a supplementary education school.

Live, Local Weather Report

Thanks to a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Tennessee Aquarium has a new weather station with live web cam. Get instant access to current weather conditions in downtown Chattanooga.
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A visit to the Tennessee Aquarium is a fascinating troop outing and fun way to earn one of several badges related to nature or wildlife. Special equipment is at your disposal to help your troop take their visit to the max!

Ask Us

Whether you have a question about animals, educational opportunities or just want to make your Aquarium or IMAX trip the best experience ever, we want to hear from you. Our education staff is happy to help you.

Fun Stuff

Check out this fun-filled page with links to interactive games and other activities. Enjoy some of these items at home or download maps to help you "dive deeper" into your next Aquarium visit.

Finding Nemo at the Aquarium

Meet the real fish behind the flashy undersea superstars! The animated antics of characters like "Nemo" and "Dory" are "reel" close to the fish and facts found at the Aquarium.

Teachers E-newsletter

Introducing the new Educator's e-newsletter. Please enter your e-mail address to receive important teacher resource information, IMAX updates and special offers from the Tennessee Aquarium.