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Program Information

Number of Artists: 1-2

Grade Levels: 4-5, 6-8, 9-12, Family, K-2, K-5

Program Length: 45 - 60 minutes

Ideal Audience Size: Varies

Maximum Audience Size: 250 (Assembly), 35 (Classroom)

Setup Time: 30 minutes

Breakdown Time: 30 minutes

Technical Requirements: 12' x 20' open area, two tables, large projection screen, electrical outlet.

SOL Connections

Science: K.5, K.6, K.7, K.8, K.10, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.9, 3.10, 4.5, 4.8, 5.6, 6.8, 6.9, LS.4, LS.5, LS.9, LS.10, LS.11, LS.12, LS.13, LS.14

English: K.1, K.2, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 4.2, 5.1

Artists Fees

Single Fee: $375 - $475 plus travel

Back to Back Fee: $675 - $875 plus travel

Classroom Fee: $200 - $400 plus travel


$1 per mile from Sterling, VA (one way only)

Fee Notes

Animal Close Encounters: $25 per class

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Andrew Wilson gets up-close and personal with his aquatic subjects.  

Under the Sea

Marine Biology, Wildlife and Conservation


Environment & Wildlife

Program Type

Classroom Presentations, Community Festivals, Curriculum Materials, Elementary School Assemblies, Hands-on Programs, High School Assemblies, Middle School Assemblies

Subject Areas

Conservation, Folktales, Life Science, Live Animals, Oceanography, Poetry, Virginia History, Wildlife

Under the Sea uses live marine animals and artifacts to introduce students to the variety of animals in the ocean. Presenters are marine biologists.

Animal Close Encounters (preK-12) Offered in conjunction with assemblies, Close Encounters allow students a closer look at the creatures from the presentation. Questions are encouraged and touching of some creatures allowed.

Aquarium Set-Up/Classroom Presentation (Activity, preK-12) A 30-gallon saltwater aquarium is set-up at your school with a variety of creatures. For two months, students learn to care for the animals as well as observe their behaviors. Curriculum guide included. (No experience is needed.)

Chesapeake Critters (3-12) This program teaches students about our local estuary through the use of live animals, including a blue crab, oyster, seahorse, and horseshoe crab. Students learn the ecological and economic value of the bay as well as the history.

Sharks and Other Fishes (3-12) Students learn about sharks and a variety of fishes in this program, which include a live shark and ray, along with other fishes and numerous artifacts.

Something's Fishy (preK-2) A classroom presentation offering younger students an introduction to the basics of fishes through the use of live fish and artifacts.

Under the Sea (preK-12) Students are shown a variety of live vertebrates and invertebrates to illustrate the diversity of life found beneath the ocean waves, learning about ecology and adaptations. Animals shown include crabs, sea snails, sea urchins, starfish, and fishes.