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
The Maritime Aquarium can offer Professional Development for teachers for either a full- or half-day venue at the Aquarium, or at your school.
The most popular PD historically involves teachers being the students aboard our research vessel Oceanic for half a day, learning about the biological and physical aspects Long Island Sound and collecting real-time data that can then be used in their classrooms. The second half of the day is spent in the Aquarium learning how the exhibits can be used to teach and reinforce state goals and standards and grade-level expectations. Time will be spent discussing curriculum, grade appropriateness, exhibits and the species, and includes subject areas as well as science.
We can suggest pre- and post-trip activities, as well as the many ways of applying lessons to your state's goals and standards and to your curriculum.
We can also train teachers in how to take their students on field trips to local beaches, parks and streams so they may use these local locations to teach grade-level science classes directed at state goals and standards. These field experiences may not only involve the sciences, but also reinforcing math skills, art, history and writing.
Staff at The Maritime Aquarium also are willing to customize science professional development to enrich subject-area learning for a grade level or the entire staff.
Call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, to make reservations or ext. 2352 if you have any questions about the program.