Ocean Connections: Outreach Programs

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Ocean Connections is dedicated to inspiring conservation awareness and public action for our world’s ocean through education.  Our commitment to education ranges from daily Seal & Sea Lion Presentations, interactive programs, to outreach opportunities and more.  We offer a variety of programs for educational groups from September through May each year.  Bring the magic of marine mammals to your classroom or bring your classroom to us during one of our STEAM+ based programs that are perfect for learners of all ages!  Ocean Connections has three different types of outreach opportunities: School Visits, Zoo Field Trips, and Digital Learning. Learn more about each of these below and decide which is perfect for your classroom. Once you've decided on a program, fill out the Outreach Inquiry Form below!


School Visits

Our programs allow you to bring the excitement of marine mammals to your classroom!  The Ocean Connections Education Team will customize curriculum topics in order to create the perfect outreach program for your students.  Our School Visits are full of age-appropriate interactive activities that will engage your students in their own learning and may even include a visit from our education animals (subject to availability and animal needs). 


All School Visit programs are 45-60 minutes each but may be booked for multiple scheduling blocks.  



Zoo Field Trips

If you are interested in immersing your students into the world of animals, consider a field trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo and let Ocean Connections enhance your experience with one of our onsite programs. Choose an interactive experience and come poolside with our animal ambassadors or allow us to tailor a program to augment your curriculum.  Our Zoo Field Trips include a private demonstration by our seals and sea lions highlighting various educational topics of your choosing and a Seal & Sea Lion Show (weather permitting).


1 chaperone per every 10 students is required for all programs that occur at Ocean Connections. Since Ocean Connections is a separate non-profit from the Milwaukee County Zoo, outreach programs do not include zoo admission or parking. To arrange for group admission rates, please contact the Group Sales Department at 414-258-5058.  


All Zoo Field Trip programs are 45-60 minutes each but may be booked for multiple scheduling blocks.






Digital Learning Opportunities

Ocean Connections is committed to community outreach and education so we are bringing the magic of marine mammals to a classroom near you! Our STEAM+ based educational curriculum is perfect for at home learners, digital classrooms, and virtual field trips. Program lengths vary depending on content but all include a virtual visit from our seals and sea lions.  


All Digital Learning programs are 30-45 minutes each.




Outreach Program Inquiry Form

Please fill out the Outreach Program Inquiry Form below to assist our Education Team in customizing and creating the perfect program for you!  After submitting your Inquiry Form, a member of our Education Team will be in contact with you within 2-3 business days.  If you have any additional questions or concerns, contact us here. 

Contact Name:*
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Program Type:*
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Are You Interested in a Meet & Greet Option with Our Animal Ambassadors?
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Topic(s) of Interest:
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