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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 got a chance to investigate, interact with and, of course, learn about."
– Rockland County, NY, camp director
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Enhance your class’ studies with these IMAX classics. Films from our IMAX library can be booked at 10 a.m. for groups of 50 or more. Current titles include ...
"There is a place on Earth where it is still the morning of life and the great herds still run free." That's the booming first line by narrator James Earl Jones, and it sets the tone for a fantastic journey across the Serengeti Plain. Join a herd of wildebeest on their grueling annual migration, past lions, enormous crocodiles and other dangers. Although the film contains scenes of predation, it's a story of how life on the Serengeti is more powerful than death.
Thrill to seeing Mt. McKinley, bears, elk, wolves and other treasures of Alaska on the only screen big enough to contain them all in this grand tour of our biggest state. A 1998 Academy Award nominee for Best Short-Subject Documentary, the film chronicles the Alaskan wilderness over the course of one year, from the brutal dangers of winter to the short renewal of summer. Run wild with moose, bears, beavers, whales, sea lions, eagles, polar bears, musk oxen and more.
An exciting adventure film for all ages, “The Alps” follows climber John Harlin III on his ascent of the Eiger, one of the world’s most celebrated peaks but also one that’s notorious among climbers for its unpredictable weather and the crumbly stone that can cause deadly showers of falling rock. This dramatic human story unfolds in the midst of some of nature’s most awe-inspiring scenery. Audiences learn about the geology of the Alps from Swiss professor Bruno Messerli and the science of snow and avalanches from scientist Christine Pielmeier.
It's the biggest dam movie you'll ever see! This teacher-favorite follows a pair of beavers as they build a dam and raise a family in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Through breathtaking underwater photography, audiences travel inside the lodge for a rare look at these charming and industrious creatures.
An inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals, “Born to Be Wild” follows orphaned orangutans and elephants, and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them – saving endangered species one life at a time. This heartwarming adventure transports audiences into the lush rain forests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne Sheldrick, as they and their teams rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals back to the wild. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. Dove Foundation approved for all ages.
Voyage to coral reefs in the South Pacific to explore their remarkable contribution to life on Earth – but also the imminent dangers they face. Includes the efforts of renowned ocean advocate Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the pioneering oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. Narrated by actor Liam Neeson, with music by Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Plunge into the oceans to encounter some of the planet’s most unique, dangerous and colorful creatures, including wolf eels, manta rays, ocean sunfish, a huge species of squid that vibrates colors, several odd relatives of sea stars and a camouflaged frogfish “with a fishing pole on his forehead.” Audiences go face-to-face with these underwater inhabitants – well, face-to-face at least with the animals that have faces – to witness their peculiar and amazing adaptations and behaviors. Narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet.
Join scientists, including Connecticut native Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski, as they study everyone’s favorite marine mammal in this Academy Award-nominated film. “Dolphins” goes beyond the romanticized images of water-park performances and TV’s “Flipper” to show how scientists are slowly gaining an understanding into these creatures’ complex world. Dudzinski, a native of Meriden, CT, studies dolphin communication with a unique "underwater video/audio array." “Dolphins” introduces audiences to other scientists as well, including Dudzinski’s mentor, Dr. Bernd Wursig, and their research into dolphin behavior and physiology. And the film explores the special bond between naturalist Dean Bernal and JoJo, a rare lone dolphin in the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Another teacher-favorite, this Academy Award nominee celebrates the "world ocean" – its beauty, diversity and importance to life on Earth – and explores our relationship with this complex and fragile environment. Narrated by Meryl Streep with music by Sting.
“Mysteries of the Great Lakes” follows the painstaking efforts of scientists working to reintroduce the lake sturgeon – once the dominant species of the Great Lakes – to the ecosystem. Audiences also are treated to soaring and breath-taking coastal scenery, haunting sunken ships and – powered by the Aquarium’s 10,000-watt, proprietary, surround-sound system – the thundering spectacle of the Great Lakes’ most famous link, Niagara Falls. Perhaps most importantly, the film explains how the Great Lakes remain a critical source of fresh water for 40 million people – one of every seven Americans and one of every three Canadians.
Teachers: "Mysteries of the Great Lakes" Educator's Guides for Grades 1-3 (primary), 4-6 (junior) & 7-8 (intermediate) are available for downloading at this website: click here.
“Search for the Great Sharks” follows shark experts Dr. Eugenie Clark and Rodney Fox on a round-the-globe expedition for close encounters with some of the world's largest sharks – large as life on the giant IMAX screen. Swim with a whale shark, witness the birth of a baby shark and see if Fox survives when dropped into great white-infested waters while inside a clear diving tube.
Dive among a variety of shark species to confirm that sharks are as awesome as we think, but also learn how the oceans' top predators are horribly misunderstood and paying a deadly price for their reputation. Presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau, “Sharks” is a family-friendly film with simple concepts, no scenes of predation and a sea turtle that “narrates” (voiced by veteran British actor Geoffrey Bateman). Audiences also encounter manta rays, an enormous school of sardines, sea lions, jellyfish, dolphins and other creatures.
Celebrate one of the ocean’s most important – but endangered – habitats in this passionate film, which emphasizes our connection with – and responsibilities to – the complex ocean world. “The Last Reef” offers a simple introduction to coral reefs, including their need for sunlight, how they form and how they provide sustenance and shelter for an incredible diversity of marine life. The film suggests that reef systems are like cities beneath the sea. Maritime Aquarium audiences will recognize scenes from New York City as the film compares thriving reefs to bustling Manhattan. But the film also explains why reefs are vanishing from Earth five times faster than rain forests.
Narrated by Geoffrey Holden and filmed in Australia, Costa Rica, French Guiana, and Malaysia, "Tropical Rainforest" is a global film which examines the long evolution of the rain forest, the rapid and recent destruction of this habitat as a consequence of human intervention, and the scientific efforts to understand the tropical rain forests even as they disappear. The film captures the incredible diversity of species that have evolved throughout the long history of tropical biology – insects, gaudy frogs, exotic plants and flowers. Species have formed interdependent relationships, all of which are dependent on the trees. With the loss of the forests, thousands of these species will become extinct before they can be discovered.
See humpbacks, right whales, blue whales and orcas as large as life on the giant IMAX screen, as the film tags along with scientists studying whale songs, migrations and feeding behaviors. Box Office Magazine said, “The footage is quite amazing: whales breaching the water with their monstrous tails, hunting in groups (they assemble in a circle to trap fish), swimming in their deep-water habitats, and migrating to Alaska from Hawaii (where a female humpback teaches her newborn calf survival skills).” Narrated by actor Patrick Stewart.
Plunge in off South Africa's Hibiscus Coast into the middle of what may be the world's largest feeding frenzy: an annual migration of millions of sardines ... and the predators who prey on them, including sharks, dolphins, penguins, fur seals and even whales. The film also explores the importance of this migration to people in villages along the shore, and how businesses, communities and governments in South Africa are working together to protect this historic and invaluable resource for years to come.
* Great for even PreK-Grade 2
Join an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip down the iconic Colorado River with environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., anthropologist Wade Davis and their daughters. The irony of the film is that, while the immersive IMAX format may leave viewers feeling almost soaked from the experience, it is Earth’s dwindling supply of clean freshwater that is the film’s true serious subject matter. The movie is narrated by Robert Redford and features music by the Dave Matthews Band.
Relive one of the greatest tales of adventure and exploration in history, as National Geographic brings to life the epic journey of Lewis, Clark, their guide Sacagawea and the brave Corps of Discovery across the land that would become the United States. This spectacular documentary traces the 28-month, 8,000-mile search for a northwest passage. Narrated by actor Jeff Bridges.
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This film that tells the extraordinary true story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's legendary 1914-1916 expedition that has become a larger-than-life testament to heroism and human endurance, with all 28 men surviving nearly two years in the barren frigid Antarctic when their ship, Endurance, was caught in pack ice and eventually crushed. The film includes the original still photography and 35mm motion-picture footage of Frank Hurley, the official photographer for the Endurance expedition.
Journey 2.5 miles down in the North Atlantic to the most famous shipwreck in the world. "Titanica" lets audiences join the colorful members of an international scientific expedition down to the wreck of the Titanic. Filmed from the twin deep-sea Russian submersibles that James Cameron later would use for "Titanic," "Titanica" immerses audiences in the adventure as the researchers investigate the ship's deteriorating hull. The film also recounts the building of the great ship (documented in stunning period images) and includes the poignant remembrances of Eva Hart, once a 7-year-old passenger aboard the doomed ship. Narrated by actor Leonard Nimoy.
This inspirational film follows “His Airness” & the Chicago Bulls through their 1998 run through the NBA playoffs. (This is the one with that famous moment of Jordan frozen in follow-through after his championship-winning shot in Game 6 against the Jazz. It would be his last shot for the Bulls.) Interspersed with the game action is Jordan’s biography. Although he became one of the most famous athletes in the world, “To the MAX” shows how Jordan carried himself with class and dignity both on and off the court. His message of participation and inspiration is appropriate to young and old alike. Teachers and coaches will especially appreciate having their students and players hear Jordan talking about the people and events that lit his unmatched will to succeed.
If you’re impressed by the sharks in The Maritime Aquarium, wait until you see – awesomely, in IMAX – creatures that ruled the seas long before the first modern shark. “Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World” launches its exploration by joining up with an imaginative young woman named Julie visiting a modern-day museum. She encounters the friendly ghost of Georges Cuvier, a 19th-century French scientist considered to be the father of vertebrate paleontology. Cuvier becomes Julie’s – and the audience’s – guide through a catalog of marine reptiles from the Mesozoic era, all shown in lifelike action via striking computer-generated imagery and also shown as large as life on the huge IMAX screen. “Sea Rex” brings paleontology to life – and it is current science from an impressive global roster of researchers who all appear in the film, including lead scientific advisor Dr. Nathalie Bardet of Paris’ National Museum of Natural History.
Join "Storm Chasers" TV star Sean Casey and the researchers of VORTEX 2, the most ambitious effort ever made to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes, on this heart-pounding science adventure. Armed with a 70mm giant-screen camera, a fleet of customized vehicles designed to withstand gale-force winds and an arsenal of the most advanced weather measurement instruments ever created, the stars of "Tornado Alley" take audiences on a thrilling quest to experience a tornado at point-blank range. Enjoy some of the most amazing clouds ever captured in the IMAX format. Narrated by actor Bill Paxton.
Parental Guide: loud thunder and lightning, tornado destruction shown, one sad scene as a toddler is shown (with his parents) amid tornado destruction, no death or gore, brief aerial scenes that may make some people queasy.
This fun time-travel film uses a fictional story to set audiences up to meet famous "bone-hunters" from the early 1900s but also to journey back 65 million years for larger-than-life encounters with a mama Tyrannosaurus rex and other awesome dinosaurs.