We've taken a few educational boat trips over the years but yours was by far the best all-around experience. The highlight had to be the breadth of sea life we pulled up and investigated, interacted with and, of course, learn about."
– Rockland County, NY, camp director

Fun & Learning

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Sand Tiger Shark Fun Fact

Looks closely at the sand tiger sharks in the "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit. Their snout and jaws are covered in tiny holes. These are receptors for the sharks' "sixth sense" – their ability to detect bioelectric fields emitted by other animals (including potential prey).



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Field Programs

These exciting outings are conducted at local beaches, only around low tide. Students will get their feet wet! Wear boots or shoes that can get soggy, and dress for the weather! The 1:7 chaperone-to-student ratio applies.

Cost: $275 for first, $250 each additional (simultaneous or sequential). We have beach locations in Connecticut and New York – ask us!  Extra travel, parking and layover fees may apply. School must supply beach-entry pass, if necessary.

Ask about our pre-outing Traveling Teacher program when you make your reservation.


Shoreline Explorers (PK-Grade 2)

Under the rocks, sand and water of our local beaches is a whole community of remarkable animals available to those with the tools and know-how to find them. Students use sampling equipment and field guides, and examine the contents of seine nets, in identifying fish, jellies, shrimp, crabs, snails and more. They also learn what these organisms need in their environment and how everybody can help to ensure a healthy seashore. 2 hours.

K:  Next Gen., LS1.C, ESS2.D, ESS2.E, ESS3.A;  CT Science, K.1-4;  Common Core, W.K.7, MP.2, K.CC, K.MD.A.2;  CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9.
Grade 1:  Next Gen., LS1.A, LS1.D;  CT Science, 1.2, 1.4;  Common Core, W.1.7, MP.2;  CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9.
Grade 2:  Next Gen., LS4.D, ESS2.A, ESS2.C;  CT Science, 2.3;  Common Core, W.2.7, W.2.8, MP.2;  CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9.


Shoreline Scientists (Grades 3-5)

What better place for a first experience of field science than at a local beach or salt marsh? Students use scientific tools to collect data on air and water temperature and record weather observations. They learn about the components of a coastal ecosystem and create a food web featuring the animals they find in seine nets. Evidence observed of erosion, invasive species and other human impact on the shoreline will be used by students to create a plan for protecting threatened coastal habitats. 2 hours.

Grade 3:  Next Gen., LS2.D, LS4.C, LS4.D, ESS2.D;  CT Science, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4;    CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9.
Grade 4:  Next Gen., LS1.A;  CT Science, 4.2, 4.3;  Common Core, SL.4.1, SL.5.1;  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 4, 5, 9.
Grade 5:  Next Gen., ESS2.A;  CT Science, 5.2;  CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 4, 5, 9.


Shoreline Ecologists (Grades 6-8)

Equipped with the tools of an ecologist, students explore a coastal ecosystem of Long Island Sound. They use scientific equipment to collect data on abiotic factors, such as air and water temperature, salinity, pH and dissolved oxygen. They help Aquarium educators gather and identify fish, jellies, shrimp, crabs and other animals. Through these hands on-activities, they learn about interdependent relationships, invasive species, and conservation of the Sound. 2 hours.

Grade 6:  Next Gen., LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.C, LS4.D;  Common Core, SL.6.1;   CT Science, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4; CT Core Scientific, C INQ: 1, 3, 10.
Grade 7:  Next Gen., LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.C, LS4.D; Common Core, SL.7.1;  CT Science, 7.3; CT Core Scientific, C INQ: 1, 3, 10.
Grade 8:  Next Gen., LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.C, LS4.D;  Common Core, SL.8.1;   CT Core Scientific, C INQ: 1, 3, 10.



Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem
and the global environment through
living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.


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