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

Professional Development

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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).



View and download our full 2014-15 Maritime Aquarium Educational Programs catalog.


Professional Development for Teachers and School Administrators by The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Connecticut

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.



Connecticut Association of Independent Schools’

“Experiential Learning in Science”

Wed., Oct. 8 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., hosted at The Maritime Aquarium

All teachers – from public, private and independent schools – are welcome! Come learn from your colleagues as they showcase lessons where children explore the world through experiences in the outdoors and with marine animals at The Maritime Aquarium. See how maritime-based courses and exploring Long Island Sound can complement and invigorate the curriculum in your science classroom. Registration required. Cost is $45. Please register at:

Fish School! Free Open House for Educators

Thurs., Nov. 6 from 4-7 p.m.

Join us after-hours for an in-depth, hands-on review of all The Maritime Aquarium can do for your students. Activities include: behind-the-scenes-tours, special IMAX® screenings and demonstrations of some of our most popular education programs, from pre-K to high school. Meet our education staff. Learn how our programs meet current and future needs of teachers and students, including mapping to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Enjoy our exhibits and galleries, network with colleagues, and get acquainted with our brand new research vessel, R/V Spirit of the Sound.

Free IMAX screenings of "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" at 6 p.m. and "Journey to the South Pacific" at 7 p.m., which can be incorporated into lessons about conservation, habitats, adaptations, geography, interdependencies and more.

Admission, light dinner and parking also are all free. Space is limited and reservations are required, so call soon to reserve your place: (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206. Teachers, administrators and other educators are welcome. As this is a professional event, no children or spouses, please.



The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound
and protect it for future generations. A vibrant and entertaining learning environment,
it achieves this goal through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

10 North Water Street          Norwalk, CT 06854          Phone: 203.852.0700         Fax: 203.838.5416

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation


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