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Educational Benefits of Going to An Aquarium

Dino Cappello October 2, 2019
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You don’t need to limit learning to a classroom. Taking a break from the textbooks and embarking on an educational adventure can be equally as beneficial as a day spent at the schoolhouse. When planning your next academic adventure, be sure to check out these four educational benefits of going to an aquarium.

Sparks conversations about conservation

In recent years, there has been an increased interest and importance placed on wildlife conservation and preservation. Like zoos, many aquariums have created special conservation programs to aid in the rescue and rehabilitation of endangered animals. Oftentimes, aquariums will also offer events or programs to further educate visitors about the importance of wildlife preservation. Discussions led by aquarium employees provide a great opportunity for in-depth, intelligent conversations regarding wildlife preservation. Educational programs hosted by the aquarium may also include an opportunity for visitors to join the fight for wildlife preservation. They may also present the opportunity to volunteer at a local beach or lake cleanup, inspiring a deep love and reverence for nature.

Provides hands-on learning opportunities

Unlike traditional learning environments, aquariums provide hands-on learning opportunities for children and adults of all ages. Many aquariums include touch tank exhibits in which visitors can get up close and personal with some of the aquarium’s friendlier residents, such as starfish, sea cucumbers, and hermit crabs. Other aquariums, such as the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco, invite visitors to touch larger animals such as leopard sharks, bat rays, and skates. These exhibits are a great way to introduce individuals to animals that may be at risk of endangerment and further encourage wildlife conservation. For tickets to the San Francisco aquarium and to meet these extraordinary animals for yourself, check out our great prices.

Improves vocabulary

Visiting an aquarium is a great way to gain exposure to words and phrases that you may not see in your everyday life. Most aquarium exhibits include brief descriptions of the animals and plants you’re viewing. Often, these descriptions will include the animal’s scientific name and classification as well as additional information regarding their natural habitat and behaviors. Familiarizing yourself with these words and phrases can greatly expand your vocabulary. Even though it’s unlikely you’ll use these words daily, knowing these scientific studies can help improve your overall understanding of aquatic animals and marine conservation.

Inspires imagination

According to an estimate by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 2000, roughly 95% of the Earth’s oceans remain undiscovered. As such, a visit to an aquarium can serve as a great way to spark the imagination and dive deeper into the mysteries of the sea. Basking in the cool glow of an aquarium and watching fish swim languidly back and forth creates a relaxing environment perfect for letting your mind wander. Seeing such beautiful and mesmerizing animals such as jellyfish, sea turtles, and manta rays encourages visitors to reexamine any previous notions they may have about the deep blue sea. Just as the limits of imagination are boundless, so too are the educational benefits of going to an aquarium.