EMA Toddler classes

"Tell me and i forget. show me and i remember. involve me and i learn."

-benjamin franklin

There is no such thing as too young to start loving and saving the ocean!

This is an 8 week class that provides hands-on learning about our ocean and the creatures that call it home.

This toddler class is unlike any other! Toddlers will learn by using all hands-on experiences including specimen collection, fun experiments, art projects and games. Learning will take place everywhere, including on the beach, in our local marshes and our microscope lab. 

April 10th - may 29th 

Every Tuesday from 10 am until 12 noon



the arctic ocean

The weather may be warming up on Topsail Island, but we are going to cool it off in the EMA lab as we jump into the arctic ocean! We will learn about some of the cool animals that live in the chilly habitat! The toddlers will discover how these animals stay warm and happy despite the below zero temperatures!

photosynthesis + kelp

We want our toddlers to eat their greens, but do their greens eat? Let's dive into photosynthesis and see what our plant friends like to snack on! 

buoyancy : float or sink

What makes a boat float? How can sharks glide through the water without floating or sinking? We will learn about buoyancy and why it is so important to our ocean friends!

the water cycle

Grab your rain boots, we are going to make it rain in EMA! Toddlers will discover why the water cycle is important and the HUGE role that the ocean has in it! We will even make our own rain clouds! 


Topsail Island is not stranger to hurricanes! We are going to open our eye, I mean eyes, to the powerful storms that happen so close to home. We will learn about how they are created, what we can do to prepare and even make our own hurricane! 


Do you know the colors of the rainbow? How do those beautiful colors just appear in the sky so perfectly? We are going to learn the colors of the rainbow (in sign language) with a fun song before discovering how and when rainbows appear!

zones of the ocean

How deep do you think the ocean is? 100 miles? 10,000 feet?

The ocean is more than 36,000 feet deep and has different zones! Each zone of the ocean contains different animal and plant life. We are going to take a look at each zone and the creatures that call it home!


Sand is everywhere- beaches, parks, EMA floors! We are going to explore the sandy beach while learning about the important role that sand has in the ocean and seashores alike! We will make our own seashore to observe how waves affect the sand on the beaches before making some sand art to take home!