What is Ocean culture?

"Ocean culture" is to know the influence that the ocean has on the human being and to become aware that the human being also exerts an enormous influence on the ocean. It is based on seven "Essential Principles" to memorise:

  • The ocean plays a key ecological role in the functioning of planet Earth.

  • The ocean and the life it contains shape the characteristics of the Earth.

  • The ocean makes Earth a habitable planet.

  • The ocean supports a great diversity of ecosystems and life

  • The ocean exerts a great influence on weather and climate conditions

  • The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected

  • The ocean remains largely unexplored

Aquariums have the responsibility to promote "ocean culture" by making science, marine biology, oceanography and conservation management accessible to society at large. This is done by emphasising the key role that play in the protection of our oceans and their resources.

Visit to Palma Aquarium

Experience, learning and inspiration

With more than 8,000 specimens of 700 different species of fauna and flora from all the world's oceans, our zoological collection is a living classroom where you can discover the sea's secrets. We place special emphasis on Mediterranean ecosystems, Posidonia meadows, coral reefs and the complex relationships established between the different communities. We want to show emblematic species, their survival strategies, their behavior, their evolution, as well as the impact that human activity has on them.

Our team of ocean guides and educational instructors accompany visitors to make their visit to the aquarium an inspiring experience.

Educating young people

Educating and inspiring responsible environmental values during childhood and youth creates bonds that continue into adulthood. New generations must learn that living in harmony with nature is a guarantee for the well-being of humanity in the future.

Our commitment is to train young people by equipping them with the knowledge to face the environmental challenges that they will encoutuner in the future.

  "Know to value, value to protect"

School visits

Come learn with us!

Students will learn the secrets of the underwater world, by observing the different aquariums and receiving explanations from Palma Aquarium instructors. In our Nautilus Classroom, they will also be able to participate in workshops where they will acquire experiences and knowledge that contribute to develop their environmental intelligence. Minimum duration of a school visit: 3 hours. Activities aimed at different school levels: kindergarten, primary, secondary and high school. You can consult the different proposals for visits and environmental education programs.

Prepare for your visit at the centre

To arrange a visit with your school or institute, please contact the Education Department

Contact telephone number: 971 746 104

Information and reservations: educacion@palmaaquarium.com

Our team can help you choose the best visit proposal according to the age of the children and the interests of the school.

Educational resources

You may download our educational material that will help you prepare your school visit to Palma Aquarium's facilities:

Our objective at Palma Aquarium is to bring the marine world closer to all our visitors, regardless of their age. For this reason, we have developed a series of workshops classified according to the age of the students, so that teachers can choose the theme they want to work in the classroom. Discover below one of the most fun activities to do in Mallorca with children:

Early Childhood Education

These are the activities we have available at Palma Aquarium to welcome your group of children from 3 to 5 years old:

  • The rescue of Valentina the sea turtle: This is a storytelling session in which the adventures of the old and wise Valentina the sea turtle will be told to the youngest children of the school. Your students will discover how her friends manage to get her out of a very difficult situation.

  • The song of the sea: A storyteller will also help children discover which animals live in the Posidonia meadow and will show them what they can do to help take care of it and keep it in perfect condition.

  • Gladius and the Humpback Whale: This story explains how Gladis, a swordfish, manages to rescue her whale friend who has become trapped in a pile of plastic and garbage accumulated under the sea. Together with Gladis' friends, children will learn about the danger of this material in the ocean.

Primary education

The ages of children attending primary education are more disparate, ranging from 6 to 12 years old. Moreover, the skills acquired can be very different from one grade to another. That is why it is important for teachers to choose the most appropriate activity for their class group:

  • Conservation of the Seahorse Mediterraneo: This is a trivia game where children will learn about the Seahorse Mediterraneo and how difficult it is to talk about it.

  • The Mediterranean Net: This game teaches children about sustainable fishing and how we must make a responsible consumption of the species that inhabit the Mediterranean.

  • Guardians of the sea: In this activity, students will participate in a sea turtle rescue simulation. Not only will they learn the steps to take to rescue a sea turtle, but they will also become aware of the dangers of throwing garbage into the sea.

Secondary education

Secondary school students are adolescents between the ages of 12 and 16. They are children with developed knowledge who need to begin to experience the concepts for themselves, in order to reinforce the theory given to them by the teacher:

  • Shark Conservation (Stellaris Action): Through a game, students learn how the project of reproduction and reintroduction of an endangered shark is carried out.

  • Building coral cities: The idea is to build a coral reef and learn the different dynamics and interactions that occur in it.

  • Biologist for a day: In this activity, students will have to get their hands dirty. Through the dissection of a fish, they will be able to determine the feeding habits of that species.

High school students

The baccalaureate is a non-compulsory education, so the students who are taking it are really interested in the concepts that the teacher teaches them. Organizing such a workshop can help them to consolidate some lessons and get them interested in the marine world, in a practically professional way:

  • Aquarist for a day: In this activity, students will understand the important role of the aquarist at Palma Aquarium. They will learn about the job, the tasks and how they work hard to conserve our animals.

  • Drawing the giants of the ocean: This activity, especially recommended for students in the Bachelor of Arts, will give them the opportunity to draw the giants of the ocean while learning about their biology.