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, or contact us to set up a FREE private program for your class.

Private programs are by appointment only, and are designed for school classes, homeschool co-ops, scout troops, or even entire schools.

Check out more recorded programs: YouTube Education Channel

Weekly Schedule

Tuesday, May 12th

Elementary Salmon Program (Tacoma Public Schools) 12:00PM to 12:30 PM

Contact to book your free private program.

Wednesday, May 13

Bubbles in My Cake 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM PDT

Carbon dioxide can make the ocean acidic but it can also make my cake fluffy and delicious! Learn about how carbon dioxide can do both these crazy things!

Thursday, May 14th

Elementary Salmon Program (Tacoma Public Schools) 12:00PM to 12:30 PM

Elementary Whales Program (Tacoma Public Schools) 10:30-11:00 AM: Whale Bones, Up Close and Personal (4th Grade)

Contact to book your free private program.

Seaport Stories – The History of Maritime Diseases with Jordan Hanssen, 5:00-6:00 PM

Saturday, May 16th, 2020

Virtual Salmon Release 9:00 Am to 10:30 AM


NOTE: The Facebook live stream will appear on our FB page when it starts just before 9 AM. There is no direct event link for the Facebook Livestream.

Open to the public (online only), Foss Waterway Seaport educators will livestream the release of 75 coho salmon fry. The students directly participating in the release (virtually) have spent several weeks learning about water quality and the salmon life cycle, and have chosen the spot to virtually release their salmon based on their understand of the temperature, pH, nitrates and nitrite levels in the stream. T

Full Program Descriptions

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.

Where Do Crabs Come From?

Where do crabs come form? Do they lay eggs like fish? What do you mean they start as “plantkon”? 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

Have you ever wondered how a pot of water gets hot, when it is only heated at the bottom? The answer is- convection currents! This demonstration uses basic household items to illustrate convection, and explains how density changes drive a giant conveyor belt of constantly moving water in the ocean. Follow along with us live, or watch and recreate your own current after the broadcast.

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

What is a Watershed? Can I keep my tools in there?

What is a watershed, and how does it work? 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.

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.

Kitchen Chemistry Series

  • Exploding Potato! Watch as we explode a potato in the microwave and figure out what that has to do with the water cycle!
  • Bubbles in My Cake Carbon dioxide can make the ocean acidic but it can also make my cake fluffy and delicious! Learn about how carbon dioxide can do both these crazy things!
  • Density Rainbow
    Learn how to make a cool glass of rainbow water and why density matters to the water in Puget Sound

E-mail: to book a private program.