Although we are closed to the public, we want to be there for our community during this time of crisis. Each week, we will announce programs that you can join online, while still practicing responsible social distancing. You can tune in for one of our FREE public broadcasts, register for an interactive class, or contact us to set up a FREE private program for your group.

Private programs are by appointment only, and are designed for school classes, homeschool co-ops, scout troops, or even entire schools. Private programs can involve video sharing from all participants, and are more interactive than the public broadcasts.

Weekly Schedule

Tuesday, April 7th

Public Touch Tank Time (Virtual) 11:00pm – 11:20am  (PDT)

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Apr 7, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Public Touch Tank Time

Explore the touch tanks with our naturalist. Ask questions, see weird animals, and have fun!

View the recording: https://youtu.be/_qqaI3JlhVY

Tuesday, April 7th

Preschoool Train Time 2:00pm – 2:20  (PDT)

See real trains outside our window, learn about the types of train cars on our model train set, and follow up by making your own train craft at home. This is an interactive, video share class. Space is limited.

Safety Note: Non-age appropriate learners or video streams that are not working will be removed to encourage the safety of participants.

Craft ideas: https://www.hellowonderful.co/post/8-terrific-train-crafts/

Please click the link below to register and save your spot. https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUqceihqTwsGkG6c1_e3xbuwJ4msY-nUQ

Wednesday, April 8

Magic Conveyor Belt- Thermohaline Currents

I bet I can make water go in a circle, right before your very eyes! Grab a few items from around the house and impress your friends when you create your own mesmerizing thermohaline ocean current.

Materials: Plastic bin (5″ x 12″), Ice pack, hot water, 3 mugs, blue food coloring, red food coloring.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM PDT (Public Broadcast via Zoom)

https://zoom.us/j/851545145

Program Details

Whale Bones, Up Close and Personal

Take a virtual field trip to the museum, and ride the manlift up inside our hanging whale skeleton. See tiny details that you just can’t see any other way. Learn how whales are similar to humans, inside and out.

Mysterious Waters: What Lies Beneath? (T/Th)

Although they look like alien monsters, plankton are actually tiny creatures that form the basis of our food chain. Watch us capture some of the wily creatures and explore their incredible features.

The Great Conveyer Belt (T/Th)

I bet I can make water go in a circle, right before your very eyes! Grab a few items from around the house and impress your friends when you create your own mesmerizing thermohaline ocean current.

Where Does the Rain Go? (Small class, registration required)

Perfect for a rainy day, have you ever wondered what happens to all that water running down your street? What about when you flush the toilet? Where does it all go? Learn how to make your own model watershed, toilets not included. Maximum 10 families per class.

Student Supply List:

  • Letter size sheet of white paper – blank on at least one side and can be thrown away
  • Blue washable marker
  • Spray bottle filled with water

Super Sea Stars (Ages 2-10)

Learn about how Sea Stars move, eat, and regenerate in this live animal lesson.  Students  are encouraged to join the lesson in their favorite superhero outfit.

Journey To the Center of the Storm Drain

Join us for a virtual kayaking tour of the Thea Foss Waterway. Participants will learn about human activity on the waterfront and important events in the waterway’s history. Finally, paddle inside the Twin 96ers, storm water drain pipes that serve the city of Tacoma.

E-mail: education@fosswaterwayseaport.org to book a private program.