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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
View and download our full 2014-15 Maritime Aquarium Educational Programs catalog.
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.
ALSO MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
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: www.caisct.org
Thurs., Nov. 6 from 4-7 p.m.
Join us after-hours for a behind-the-scenes-tour, special IMAX® screenings and demonstrations of some of our most popular education programs, from pre-K to high school. Meet our education staff and learn how we are remaking our programs to meet the current needs of teachers and students. 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.