Ocean Life & Conservation: Sharks, Stingrays, Sea Turtles and More!

by  Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

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Sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and more ocean animals come to life as you join us live from the Scott Aquarium at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo! Participants will explore the different layers that make up the Ocean ecosystem as well as the connection between our biggest and smallest ocean creatures. Participants will learn about the threats facing our oceans and discover simple things we can do in our communities to help our oceans out!

This program can be adapted to work with a variety of age groups, from early childhood all the way to adult learners.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $150.00
Point to Point Premium: $140.00


45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family Public Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Career Education, Gifted & Talented, Problem Solving, Sciences, Special Education, STEM Animals, Geography, Conservation

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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Booking Information

Programs scheduled upon request. In peak season (April - August), times are limited. Please provide 3 possible dates and times, and as much notice as possible.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

No charge for cancellation if your facility or our Zoo is closed due to the weather or with 3 weeks' notice. 50% fee if cancelled 7-21 days before the program. 100% fee due if cancelled within 7 days or for no shows.

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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Omaha, NE
United States

Consistently ranked as one of the world's top zoos, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is an independent not-for-profit organization accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The Zoo is home to North America's largest indoor rainforest, the world's largest indoor desert, the world's largest indoor swamp, the largest aquarium within a zoo, and is recognized nationally for it's animal care, exhibit design, and conservation work.

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has been providing distance learning for nearly 20 years and prides itself on creating dynamic and educational programs for all ages.

Brian Priesman

Program Details


1. Introduction to the Zoo and the Aquarium
2. Discussing the world(s) Ocean(s)
3. A look at the Shark Tank and the very large fish and reptiles it contains
4. What do you know about sharks already?
6. Visit the Jellyfish exhibits
7. Animal or Not game.
8. Explore the coral reef exhibits
9. Trash or Treasure & What you can do to save the Oceans
11. Extra time for Questions


• Describe the diversity of life that lives in the ocean
• Explain what makes something an animal
• Understand how decisions affect the ocean even if we live a thousand miles away

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Performance expectations
K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live
K-ESS3-3. Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
Science and Engineering Practices: Use observations (firsthand or from media) to describe patterns in the natural world in order to answer scientific questions.
Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS3.C: Things that people do to live comfortably can affect the world around them. But they can make choices that reduce their impacts on the land, water, air, and other living things.
Crosscutting concepts: Systems and System Models – Systems in the natural and designed world have parts that work together.
Grade 1:
Performance expectations
1-LS1-2. Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.
Science and Engineering Practices: Make observations (firsthand or from media) to construct an evidence based account for natural phenomena.
Disciplinary Core Ideas
LS1.A: All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water and air. Plants also have different parts (roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits) that help them survive and grow.
LS3.B: Individuals of the same kind of plant or animal are recognizable as similar but can also vary in many ways.
Crosscutting Concepts: The shape and stability of structures of natural and designed objects are related to their function(s).

Grade 2:
Performance expectations
2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
Science and Engineering Practices: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations – Make observations (firsthand or from media) to collect data which can be used to make comparisons.
Disciplinary Core Idea - LS4.D There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water.
Crosscutting Concepts: Structure and Function – the shape and stability of structures of natural and designed objects are related to their function(s).
Grade 3:
Performance Expectations:
3-LS4-3 – Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
3-LS2-2. Construct an argument that some animals for groups that help members survive.
Scientific and Engineering Practices: Analyze and interpret data to make sense of phenomena using logical reasoning.
Disciplinary Core Ideas:
• LS2.C: When the environment changes in ways that affect a place’s physical characteristics, temperature, or availability of resources, some organisms survive and reproduce, others move to new locations, yet others move into the transformed environment, and some die.
• LS4.D: Populations live in a variety of habitats, and change in those habitats affects the organisms living there
Crosscutting Concepts: science assumes consistent patterns in natural systems.
Grade 4:
Performance Expectations: 4-LS1-1 – Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
Science and Engineering Practices: Construct an argument with evidence, data, and/or a model.
Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.A – Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction.
Crosscutting Concepts: A system can be described in terms of its components and their interactions.
Grade 5:
Performance Expectations: 5-LS1-1. Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.
Science and Engineering Practices: Support an argument with evidence, data, or a model.
Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.C: Food provides animals with the materials they need for body repair and growth and the energy they need to maintain body warmth and for motion.
Crosscutting Concepts: A system can be described in terms of its components and their interactions.

Middle School:
MS-LS2-4: Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
Science and Engineering Practices: Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for phenomena.
Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS2.B: Ecosystems are dynamic in nature; their characteristics can vary over time. Disruptions to any physical or biological component of an ecosystem can lead to shifts in all its populations.
Crosscutting Concepts: Small changes in one part of a system might cause large changes in another part.

State Standards

Nebraska Science Standards
SC2.3.1 Students will investigate the characteristics of living things.
SC2.3.1.a Differentiate between living and nonliving things
SC2.4.2.b Recognize ways in which individuals and families can conserve Earth’s resources by reducing, reusing, and recycling
SC5.3.1 Students will investigate and compare the characteristics of living things.
SC5.3.1.a Compare and contrast characteristics of living and nonliving things
SC5.3.3 Students will describe relationships within an ecosystem.
SC5.3.4.a Describe adaptations made by plants or animals to survive environmental changes
SC8.3.3 Students will describe populations and ecosystems
SC8.3.4 Students will identify characteristics of organisms that help them survive