Nocturne & Day Programs

Nocturne students


Nocturne Programs

Enjoy an overnight adventure at the Alaska SeaLife Center! Students will spend the evening honing observation skills and participating in hands-on marine science programs. At night they'll fall asleep with the seabirds, sea lions, and seals. Each Nocturne Sleepover includes dinner, a light breakfast, plenty of time to explore the Alaska SeaLife Center, and two education programs. Nocturnes start at 5pm and last until 9am the next morning.

Minimum 16 paying participants; two free adults per Nocturne. Maximum of 65 students and 15 adults. Program cost includes admission, education programs, dinner and breakfast. Nocturnes are available year-round and must be booked at least 30 days in advance.

Day Programs

Spend a day in our underwater world! Our staff will greet your group with an orientation and start the students on a self-guided tour of the Alaska SeaLife Center. After an hour of exploring the aquarium, your group will come together for one of our fun education programs. See below for a list of our exciting program choices!

Minimum 12 paying participants; two free adults per reservation. Program cost includes admission to the Alaska SeaLife Center. Day Programs are available year-round and must be booked at least 30 days in advance.


To register for a Nocturne Program, please Download the Nocturne registration form.

To register for a Day Program, please Download the Day Program registration form.

The forms can be emailed (preferable) or faxed, and we will confirm reservations in the order we receive them.

Additional Information

Click here for more information on how to prepare your students for their visit.  If you have any questions about our programs, please e-mail us at or call (907) 224-6306.

Program Choices for Nocturne & Day Programs

Program Name

Grade Levels

Program Description

Seashore Survivors


Become an intertidal creature and learn what it takes to live in this challenging habitat. Students review these amazing creatures’ adaptations thru a multimedia presentation, hands-on sticker activity, and fun role-playing dress up!

Beaks, Bubbles, & Burrows


Discover the many unique adaptations that allow Alaska's beautiful diving seabirds to master both sea and sky. Students review these adaptations by building their very own tufted puffin with clay.

Marine Mammal Adaptations


How are marine mammals able to live in Alaska's cold waters? Understand these animals better with our hands-on activities! Students review the adaptations of these amazing mammals by building their own clay harbor seal.

Ocean Animal Perceptions


How do marine animals sense the world around them? How can you ‘smell’ underwater? How can you ‘see’ without using your eyes? Students will discover these other ways of knowing by participating in ‘senses-on’  activities that illustrate these amazing adaptations.

There & Back Again: A Fish's Tale


It's a dangerous business, fry, going out your door...  Live the life of a salmon!  In this role-play adventure, students experience the life cycle of salmon first-hand, from hatching to the bitter end.



What mysterious animals inhabit the ocean's depths? Investigate the bizarre adaptations of light-producers in the midnight zone and create actual bioluminescence!

Cephalopods: The Jet Set


Get your hands into a "head-footed" animal as we learn more about cephalopods through a squid dissection and discussion!

Watching Walrus 6-12

Get on the front lines of Global Climate Change as we learn how habitat changes are affecting Alaska’s walrus population today. Students will employ the scientific method to develop their own research strategies then follow Alaska SeaLife Center researchers to find out what method really works in the field to watch walrus. Hands- & feet-on activities get students up and moving and working in groups!

Scientists in Action: Veterinarian


How do vets care for stranded or injured marine animals? Get an insider's view of the Alaska SeaLife Center's Wildlife Response and Rehabilitation program. Students will work in groups to ‘care for’ patients in this inter-disciplinary, hands-on program.

The Scoop on Poop


Why are the Steller sea lions disappearing? Analyze the scat of these endangered animals to search for clues regarding their dramatic decline. Students will employ the scientific method to develop their own research strategies.