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

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).



Grade 5-8

Cost of each 45-minute program is $110 in addition to Aquarium admission. Discounts available for multiples of the same program held on successive hours in the same room: $100 for second; $90 for each additional. Activities are adjusted to be grade-appropriate.

Brine Shrimp Inquiry (for Grades 5-6)
Available only as a 90-minute program.
Through a guided inquiry experiment, students investigate how brine shrimp respond to different stimuli while implementing the basics of the scientific method. Students work in groups for formulate a hypothesis, note observations, change variables and state results.
Standards: CT: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7; NY: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6; NJ: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Guided Tour
For Grades 5-6: one hour. For Grades 7-8: 90 minutes.
 Students will be guided through the Aquarium's permanent galleries to gain an increased awareness of the plants, animals and habitats of Long Island Sound. NOTE: In October, April, May and June, tours are available only at 9 a.m. and after 1 p.m.  Also, because of the time needed to give you a great and complete tour, the Aquarium's touch tanks and special exhibits are NOT included on tours. Please plan to enjoy them before or after your tour. For the 90-minute program: $200 for the first program, $185 for others on the same day.
Standards: CT: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10; NY: all; NJ: 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9.

Intertidal Habitat
The intertidal zone is a unique ecosystem in which organisms have different adaptations to sense and respond to information about their environment as the tides rise and fall. Students learn about the moon's effect on tides, as they read a tide chart for the day of their visit and discuss challenges for animals living in the intertidal zone and the physical factors with which they interact. Students share observations and ask questions as they notice and handle a variety of intertidal invertebrates.
Standards: CT: 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9; NY: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; NJ: 1, 5.

Marine World Magnified
The unseen marine world opens up to students as they learn to use hand lenses and microscopes to observe a variety of live animals. Students compare the structure of the eye to a microscope. They then use books and charts to identify the creatures they have seen. Food chains and human impacts are discussed.
Standards: CT: 1, 4, 5, 6, 10; NY: all; NJ: 1, 2, 4, 5, 9.

Squid Anatomy
Through dissection, students explore how squid sense and respond to their environment by examining a squid's unique physical adaptations, including the exceptionally large eyes. Students also compare and contrast squid to other mollusks such as clams and snails.
Standards: CT: 1, 4, 5, 6, 10; NY: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6; NJ: 1, 2, 5.

Environmental Issues

These 45-minute programs introduce students to some of the environmental issues facing the world today/ Students learn about many of the impacts these issues have on our climate, wildlife, ecosystems, everyday living and Long Island Sound. Solutions to current issues are discussed. (Many activities relate to state Social Studies standards too.)

Climate Change
Through an interactive presentation, students learn the differences between climate and weather, the basic of the greenhouse effect, and how carbon cycles through the environment. Through discussion and hands-on activities, students discover how climate change impacts our weather, wildlife and everyday living. They'll also brainstorm for solutions that can be implemented in their own lives and communities.
Standards: CT: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10; NY: 1, 5, 6, 7; NJ: 1, 2, 4, 8, 9.

Invasive Species
An ecosystem is composed of all populations that are living in a certain space and the physical factors with which they interact. The introduction of non-native plants or animals can have a negative impact on an ecosystem. Students will take part in fun hands-on activities while exploring the environmental impacts of invasive species that can now be found in Long Island Sound. Students also will learn what they can do to prevent further spreading of exotic species.
Standards: CT: 1, 3, 5, 6, 10; NY: 1, 7; NJ: 1, 2, 4, 5, 9.

Water Pollution
Most precipitation that falls in Connecticut eventually reaches Long Island Sound. This water moving across and through the earth carries with it the products of human activities. With Long Island Sound's extensive watershed as an example, discover the impact of humans on aquatic ecosystems. Students will share their observations as they "pollute" a watershed model, then look for ways to clean it up. Hands-on discovery of basic scientific and ecological concepts. Standards: CT: 1, 4, 8, 10; NY: 6, 7; NJ: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9.

Other options for Grades 5-8

Study Cruises. Details ...

Field Programs at the beach. Details ...

Traveling Teacher programs for large groups. Details ...



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.

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