Education at Moody Gardens

We provide learning experiences for our guests that instill enthusiasm, appreciation and stewardship for the natural world and its inhabitants. 

NEW - Learn Live! Program Series 

These programs are geared towards all learners and will include one attraction as well as a guided lesson and tour. 


Enjoy a guided tour of a Moody Gardens attractions, socially distant games and activities and an experiment demonstration you can try at home! 

*Your preschooler may bring their own craft supply kit or use the community craft supplies provided. These supplies will be cleaned before and after each program session. 


Non-Members: $15/participant 

Members: $10/participant 

*Mommy Wednesday Value Passes are also available for non-members for $30 for each parent and their preschooler. 

Click here to purchase tickets. 

All youth must be accompanied by a chaperone who must purchase a ticket for the program. 

Tickets must be pre-purchased. There is a limit of 24 participants for each session due to COVID-19 Health & Safety Regulations.  

September 23, 2020 at 10 a.m.  - Dino Days: Jr. Archaeologists 

Explore what it takes to find dinosaur fossils beneath the ground. 

September 30, 2020 at 10 a.m.  - Water Wonderland: Coral Construction Workers 
Marvel at the building skills of the corals that created the Great Barrier Reef. 

For additional information, please click here to email us directly!

Learn Wild! - For Learners of All Ages


Non-Members: $25/participant 

Members and Value Pass Holders: $15/participant 

Click here to purchase tickets. 

Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone who must purchase a ticket for the program. 

Tickets must be pre-purchased. There is a limit of 24 participants for each session due to COVID-19 Health & Safety Regulations. 

September 17, 2020 at 10 a.m.  - It's Alive!...Or is it? 
There is an ocean full of creatures that you probably don't know about beacuse they are so vastly different than people and other organisms! Learn a little about what it means for a creature to be living and how flexible the term "alive" can be. 

September 24, 2020 at 10 a.m.  - Drop Dead: Venoms, Poisons, Toxins and More! 
There are so many "creepy" vreatures that strike fear into the hearts of people because of their deadly bites or stings...but believe it or not, adaptations such as venoms and poisions are often a lot more complicated (and harmless to people) than many of us are aware of! 

For additional information, please click here to email us directly!

NEW! - Learn Live!: Beyond Biofacts Programs 


Education Workshop at Moody Gardens

These multi-sensory and interdisciplinary lessons include elements of history, geography, culture and conservation. The lessons are geared toward learners of all ages and not only provide an engaging discussion about the topics at hand, but also a presentation of real biofacts. 

Price: $15/participant; $10/member

Click here to purchase tickets. 

A maximum of 24 participants is permitted due to COVID-19 regulations. 


September 22, 2020 - Corals: Communities of the Sea it a plant, an animal, a mineral...? If you guessed animal, you would be correct? However, let's learn how all of those elements work together to form a healty habitat for aquatic life and more! 

September 29, 2020 - Rainforest: It's Connection to You 
While the rainforest is yet another ecosystem that people commonly chat about in their science classes, the resources that people gain from these wild and exotic habitats lend themselves to much more than a "typical" ecosystem. Enjoy this overview of tropical rainforests and the treasures that reside within these biomes. 


Booking for Private Workshops for all Ages and Ranks in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA and Girl Scouts. 

Visit Moody Gardens and work towards earning a badge at the same time! At Moody Gardens you can see environments from around the world, try your skills on our ropes course and zip-line and so much more. Discounted tickets and tours for scouting units are available through group sales at 409-683-4558

Call 409-683-4325 or e-mail us at for more information and reservations.

Ask us about combining a private workshop with a sleepover to create a SCOUTING OVERNIGHT ADVENTURE!

Cub Scouts

Programs available for a private day workshop or add on to an Overnight Adventure! 

World Conservation Award
Nova: Wild Award 

Scouts BSA Merit Badge Workshops

Don't just earn it, learn it! Scouts ages 11-17 can complete most or all requirements of a badge in a single day while social distancing. 

Additional experiences may include exhibit and property tours and guest speakers from various departments. 

October 11, 2020 - Environmental Science 

Pricing: $30/Scout. Click here to purchase tickets. 

Limited capacities with a maximum of 24 particpants for each workshop due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Email us or call 409-683-4211 for more information or to register your scout. 

Girl Scouts

At Moody Gardens you can work on your Naturalist badges, with free activity packets from the links below to help complete badges during your visit! Combine your outing with a tour, private day workshop or overnight adventure for more advancement opportunities. 

Private Scout Workshops

Don’t just earn it, Learn it!

We offer private workshops and Sleepover Adventure add-ons for youth particpants in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA and Girl Scouts. Each program is formatted to help scouts complete requirements for an Adventure, Badge or Conservation Award. 

Parents may email us or call (409) 683-4211 to receive more information about private workshops and Sleepover Adventure add-ons for scouts. 

Limited group capacities apply for COVID-19 Health & Safety Regulations. 

Overnight Adventures

 Now Booking!

Moody Gardens offers two adventurous sleepovers which allow guests to spend the night exploring one of our exciting attractions. Each program includes a late-night pizza snack and a light breakfast. Chaperones required.

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8 a.m.

Cost: $1,000 for up to 20 people, $50 for each additional guest

Reservations are required and must be made at least two weeks in advance.

A deposit is required to reserve your overnight adventure, with the balance payable prior to your event.

Extend your adventure to the next day. Add-on attractions are available at group rates.

Call 409-683-4325 or e-mail us at for information and reservations.

Boy at Moody Gardens

Creatures of the Night

Explore the rainforest after dark to discover how nocturnal creatures live! The evening includes a variety of activities, with an animal encounter and a tour of the Rainforest Pyramid. Participants spend the night in the Rainforest Entrance.

Girls in Moody Gardens Aquarium

Night Under the Sea

Spend the night in the Aquarium and discover a world much different from your own! Make discoveries of ocean habitats, creatures that live within them and relationships they share during your night expedition. The evening includes a variety of activities with an animal encounter and a tour of the Aquarium Pyramid.

Already participated in a sleepover? CLICK HERE to fill out a sleepover evaluation.

Birthday Parties & Celebrations

Now Booking! 

Birthday Party at Moody Gardens Aquarium

Leave the planning to us to create a memorable experience for as low as 12 or up to 60 guests! Moody Gardens offers exciting party packages with for any type of celebration or birthday party for your child.

All Party Package Themes and Tiers include:

  • Digital invitations
  • Corresponding exhibit admittance
  • Party favor for all youth attendees
  • Private party room for two hours, party host and games

Advance reservations are required. For additional information or to make reservations, call 409-683-4325 or e-mail us at

Click here to view party pricing

Field Trips

Let the pyramids become your classroom and experience the natural world firsthand. Supplement your TEKS requirements with a field trip to Moody Gardens. Guided and unguided programs available. 

Reservations for Exploration and Funday Programs are required and must be made at least two weeks in advance. In order to qualify for group rates, a minimum of 20 participants is required.

Exploration Program

Join us for a guided rainforest or ocean-themed presentation and tour. Prices start at $7.95 per person.

Funday Programs

Custom-design your learning experience with this unguided option. Prices range from $5.95 for one attraction to $36 for all attractions. (Palm Beach and special exhibits not included.)

Please call 409-683-4203 or 409-683-4362 for more information and reservations.

Educator Programs

Educator Open House

Saturday, February 6, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Spend the day with Moody Gardens. Come checkout our attractions and see what we and other Galveston attractions have to offer. This is a free event for Educators.

Open House Invite

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Educator Workshops

Moody Gardens Educator Workshops provide the opportunity to enhance your curriculum. All workshops are TEKS aligned and offer a multitude of hands on activities and educational materials to inspire your students.

Curriculum Guides

Help make the most of your visit by downloading a copy of the curriculum:

» Tropical Rainforest Curriculum

» Ocean Scientists & Ocean Champions Curriculum

» Great Bear Rainforest Educator Guide

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