Aquarium to YOU: Education Outreach

At this time, WAVE on Wheels community outreach programming is fully booked for July, 2022. Please reach out if you would like to be placed on the wait list, should July dates become available for community programming.

Health and Safety Guidelines: WAVE Foundation is committed to joining our community partners in the safest ways possible. We recommend allowing for 6foot physical distancing between groups and that guests wear masks. We will follow any guidelines established by your facility as well as all state and national guidelines.

  • Outdoor spaces are suggested when environmental conditions can allow (shade is required to maintain a temperature between 70-85F)
  • Please let us know any spacing and capacity guidelines of your facility

WAVE reserves the right to leave an in-person program without facilitation if any necessary safety guidelines are not being met.

Aquatic Animal Programs ($450 per program)

Depending on animal needs, participants may have an opportunity to touch each of our animal ambassadors. These Aquatic Animal Programs require extra supervision and/or additional equipment. Choose from either African Penguins, Coral Cat Sharks, Yellow Stingrays, or Lake Sturgeon. 

African Penguin

Penguins are among our most beloved animals here at WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium. In our African Penguin program, we will bring one of our penguin ambassadors to you, where you will enjoy an up close and personal encounter with a penguin! During this presentation, participants will learn about these incredible animals, including their natural history, geography, diet, predators, and WAVE Foundation’s research and conservation initiatives. At the close of this approximately 60-minute experience, you will have a greater understanding and appreciation of these remarkable birds!

African Penguin programs can not be booked on Wednesdays. Please contact us for a detailed_ schedule of available times for this program.

Lesson Plans:     K-2     3-5     6-8     9-12

Shark Cart


Sharks are awesome, and tend to get a lot of attention in the media. However, they are often misrepresented and misunderstood- and WAVE Foundation is working to change that by bringing live Coral Cat Sharks to you! The goal of our Mobile Shark Cart program is to educate and engage our community, connecting you with a keystone species in our ocean’s ecosystem. In addition to live sharks, several animal biofacts are used in this presentation including shark jaws, a can of shark fin soup, shark eggs, and more. By the end of this program, you will know how you can make a difference in shark conservation!

Lesson Plans:     K-2     3-5     6-8     9-12

Ray Cart

Get up close and personal with our Yellow Sting Rays as we bring our mobile Ray Cart to you! Sting Rays are closely related to sharks, but have an incredibly different body shape and survival method. This program will cover these differences and similarities as well as how we can all work to be a part of their conservation!

Lesson Plans:     K-2     3-5     6-8     9-12

Tide Pool Programs ($350 per program)

Tide Pools form along rocky coastlines as the water level lowers when tides go out. Sea urchins, horseshoe crabs, conchs, and hermit crabs survive the harsh extremes of dry low tide, submerged high tide, and crashing waves in-between. Participants of this program will learn about this environment, the incredible ways these animals survive, and meet a few of these heroic tide pool champions!

Reptile Programs ($250 per program)

Depending on animal needs, participants may have an opportunity to touch each of our animal ambassadors. These Reptile Programs require extra supervision and/or additional equipment. Choose from either Croc Talk, Scales & Tails, Turtle Time, or Slithering With Snakes.

Scales & Tails


Discover the reptilian world during this unique experience as we feature three reptiles, ranging from snakes, lizards, turtles, and tortoises! This program will cover the animal’s natural histories, including basic facts, adaptations and specialized features these animals display to succeed in the wild.

Ambassador animals may include a lizard, snake and either a turtle or tortoise.

Lesson Plans:     K-2     3-5     6-8     9-12

Croc Talk

Learn what it means to be a reptile and have an in-depth conversation about Crocodilians: crocodiles, alligators, gharials, and caimans. Discover the differences between each species and in the end be able to tell them apart with just a glance!

Program includes a live American Alligator and a number of crocodilian skull replicas and artifacts

Lesson Plans:     K-2     3-5     6-8     9-12

Turtle Time

Can you tell the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? In this program, we discuss the differences between turtles and tortoises, and share some simple conservation practices that you can do to help protect these amazing animals!

Live animals will include 3 different turtle and tortoise species.

Lesson Plans:     K-2     3-5     6-8     9-12  

Slithering with Snakes

When we talk about reptiles, snakes are included- just like turtles and lizards- but what makes them unique? Meet three different species of snakes as we share the diversity of this group of animals.

Ambassador animals will include a small, medium and large snake species.

Places We’ll Go!

WAVE on Wheels: Aquarium to You programs are available to be booked at schools, libraries, daycares, and senior centers. Program options range from intimate small groups, informal meet-and-greets, storytimes, career talks, classroom sessions, and large group presentations (with a maximum of 125 participants). For more information please contact our Program Registrar at or by phone at 859-815-1442.

Please check the maps below for our travel area. We are able to provide programming to the counties marked in blue.

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