"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 investigated, interacted with and, of course, learn about."

– Rockland County, NY, camp director

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Homeschool Education Programs

When: Start September 18

September through November, we will be offering education programs specifically geared towards homeschool families. Chose from a marine biology series or single programs. Click "read more" for more information.

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Available Programs:

Marine Biology Series

Single Programs

 


 

Marine Biology Series for Homeschool Students

Dates: September 18 – November 6

Ages: 10-13 (drop-off style program)

Cost: Cost $175 per person, must register for the entire series. Aquarium admission for the participant is included in the price and a discount of $3 off admission is available for parents siblings on the days of the program. Parents or siblings who do not wish to purchase Aquarium admission can wait in the café or leave the Aquarium and return at pick-up time.

Please Note: Refunds will be issued (minus $25 processing fee) if received 1 week in advance.

Standards Met: LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems, LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning and Resilience

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September 18: Introduction to field biology and biodiversity

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at The Maritime Aquarium

Introduction to biodiversity data collection and sampling methods. Practice identifying and measuring commonly seen specimens. Begin grouping animals together based on habitats, adaptations, and place in the food web.

 

September 25: Marine Life Study Cruise

9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at The Maritime Aquarium

Participate in a variety of biodiversity sampling methods including plankton tow, biodredge, and otter trawl. Identify, quantify, and measure species in each sample. Observe and discuss their adaptations for survival, place in the Long Island Sound food web.

 

October 2: Water Quality Monitoring/Cycles

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at The Maritime Aquarium

Conduct water quality tests to collect information on temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and nitrogen. Develop an understanding of the natural cycles that occur in water as well as human impacts that may alter those cycles. Analyze historic Long Island Sound water quality data sets, make correlations between changes in water quality and changes in animal populations, and identify how those dynamics may alter entire ecosystems.

 

October 9: Shoreline Scientist Program

9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Calf Pasture Beach

Conduct biodiversity surveys in the muddy, rocky, water’s edge habitats of the intertidal zone including identifying species, quantifying, and measuring. Students will have the opportunity to conduct seine pulls to sample fish, jellies, and more. Observe and discuss their adaptations for survival and place in the Long Island Sound food web. Drop-off will take place at Calf Pasture Beach

 

October 16: Biodiversity data analysis

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at The Maritime Aquarium

Take a deeper look at the biodiversity data collected from the cruise and beach explorations. Students will graph their data to compare it to historic data looking for trends and correlations. Create a food web of Long Island Sound using the organisms sampled from both explorations focusing on trophic levels and transfer of energy within a system. Discuss how biotic and abiotic elements affect ecosystem dynamics.

 

October 23: Microscopes/Plankton

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at The Maritime Aquarium

Learn how to operate different types of microscopes to view small to microscopic organisms and objects. Prepare slides of plant and human cells then practice focusing, measuring, and doing technical drawings of each. Then identify the types of zoo and phytoplankton in a few drops of Long Island Sound water to understand why plankton is an essential component of the Long Island Sound ecosystem.

 

October 30: Fish Dissection

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at The Maritime Aquarium

Observe the external and internal anatomy of a yellow perch. Examine fish scales and gill filaments under a microscope, and identify and group organs into essential life supporting systems. Look for differences between a fish’s anatomy and humans focusing on adaptations for survival.

 

November 6: Careers and Conservation

9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at The Maritime Aquarium

Take a tour of the Aquarium through a scientific lens. Discover the types of dynamic careers essential to efficiently operating our organization from animal husbandry, to aquatic engineers, educators, and scientists. Go behind-the-scenes to see our life support systems and daily animal care tasks as well as learn about the different scientific studies that we are pursuing and our conservation initiatives.

 


 

Single Programs for Home School Students

Sign up for one, all or a few of these fun educational programs. All Programs are drop-off style (with the exception of the Marine Life Study Cruise.)

Please Note: refunds will be issued if received 1 week in advance of the program.

 

Meet The Animals (ages 3-5)

Date: September 18

Time: 10 - 10:45 a.m.

Cost: $10/per person (admission for participant is not required, however, if you would like to explore the Aquarium before/after the program, we are offering a $3 discount for participants, parents and siblings)

Standards Met: NGSS – K: LS1.C, ESS3.A  |  CCSS – K: K.MD.A.2, K.MD.B.3

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Nothing sparks an interest in nature and science like an up-close meeting with live animals. An aquarium educator will introduce students to live crabs, snails and sea stars. Children will count their legs, describe their body shapes and explain how they feel. Finally, they’ll observe how these animals move from place to place and discuss how their shape and appendages (or lack of them) relate to their movement.

 

Similarities & Differences (ages 6-7)

Date: September 22

Time: 10 - 10:45 a.m.

Cost: $15/per person (admission for participant is not required, however, if you would like to explore the Aquarium before/after the program, we are offering a $3 discount for participants, parents and siblings)

Standards Met: NGSS – K: LS1.C, ESS3.A  |  CCSS – K: K.MD.A.2, K.MD.B.3

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How are members of the same group of animals similar and different from each other? Learning to classify living things is an important early-elementary science skill. Young students engage in up-close examinations of crabs, fish, turtles and mollusks. They use their senses of sight and touch to describe similarities and differences in shape, texture, color and more. There’s nothing like live animals to spark inquiry in young scientists!

 

Marine Life Study Cruise (ages 7 and up)

Date: September 25

Time: 9 - 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $29.95/per person (admission for participant is not required, however, if you would like to explore the Aquarium before/after the program, we are offering a $3 discount for participants, parents and siblings)

Please Note: Adult must purchase ticket and accompany child(ren). All children must be taller than 42”

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Participate in a variety of biodiversity sampling methods including plankton tow, biodredge, and otter trawl. Identify, quantify, and measure species in each sample. Observe and discuss their adaptations for survival, place in the Long Island Sound food web. This cruise is part of the Marine Biology series, but we are opening up the remaining spaces to other homeschool students/parents who may want to participate. 

 

Shark Safari (ages 6-8)

Date: September 27

Time: 10 - 11 a.m.

Cost: $15/per person (admission for participant is not required, however, if you would like to explore the Aquarium before/after the program, we are offering a $3 discount for participants, parents and siblings)

Standards Met: NGSS – 2: LS4.D; 3: LS4.A, LS4.C  |  CCSS – 2: W.2.8, MP.2; 3: W.3.1b, SL.3.1

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Touching a live shark is a memorable experience. But that’s just one element of this exciting program. Students start off examining shark teeth and jaws, feel the sandpapery texture of shark skin, and learn how superb adaptations have allowed sharks to survive for millions of years. Then, your safari guide will lead students to the Aquarium’s Ocean Beyond the Sound exhibit for a close look at the 7-foot sand tiger sharks. The final stop is our Shark and Ray Touch Pool to safely touch small sharks and a variety of rays (cousins of sharks).

 

Exploring Systems (ages 9-13)

Date: September 28

Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $20/per person (admission for participant is not required, however, if you would like to explore the Aquarium before/after the program, we are offering a $3 discount for participants, parents and siblings)

Standards Met: NGSS – 6-8: LS1.A, LS1.C  |  CCSS – 6-8: RST.6-8.1, WHST.6-8.9, RI.6.7, W.6.9, W.7.9, W.8.9

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What are the essential parts of the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems? How do they work together to accomplish the body’s essential functions? In these comparative-anatomy programs, students are guided in a focused fish dissection. They think not only about how these systems operate in fish, but compare them to their analogous systems in humans.

 

Shark Anatomy & Evolution (ages 14-17)

Date: October 4

Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $20/per person (admission for participant is not required, however, if you would like to explore the Aquarium before/after the program, we are offering a $3 discount for participants, parents and siblings)

Standards Met: NGSS – LS1.A, LS2.C, LS4.B, LS4.C, LS4.D  |  CCSS – RST.9-10.3, RST.11-12.4

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For decades, sharks have been called “living fossils.” But recent studies have challenged the notion that sharks have changed little over the course of evolutionary time. Guided by the Aquarium’s expert instructors, students work in groups dissecting small sharks to investigate shark adaptations and why they’ve been so successful. Students also learn about the relationship between bony and cartilaginous fish, and why many shark species are now threatened. Fee charged for extra specimens.

 

Squid Adaptations (ages 7-10)

Date: October 10

Time: 10 - 11 a.m.

Cost: $15/per person (admission for participant is not required, however, if you would like to explore the Aquarium before/after the program, we are offering a $3 discount for participants, parents and siblings)

Standards Met: NGSS – 3: LS4.C; 4: LS1.A  |  CCSS – 3: RL.3.1, RI.3.7, W.3.1b, SL.3.1; 4: SL.4.1

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Among the most amazing and alien life forms on Earth, squid are endlessly fascinating. Students examine real squid specimens to locate and identify the body structures the creatures use for feeding, moving and protecting themselves. They use tweezers and hand lenses to find a squid’s ink sac, siphon, arms and tentacles, and also compare a squid’s adaptations to those of fish and jellies.

 

Science of Diving (ages 14-17)

Date: October 12

Time: 10 - 11:15 a.m.

Cost: $20/per person (admission for participant is not required, however, if you would like to explore the Aquarium before/after the program, we are offering a $3 discount for participants, parents and siblings)

Standards Met: NGSS – LS4.C, PS1.A, PS3.B, PS4A&B  |  CCSS – RST9-10.3, RST11-12.3, RST.9-10.4, RST.11-12.4

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Survival underwater poses a myriad of physical, biological and chemical challenges. In this new program that bridges the sciences, students examine how marine animals are adapted to overcome these challenges, and the ingenious technologies humans have developed to do so. Experiments focusing on pressure, thermoregulation, and how light and sound travel through water provide hands-on engagement with some of the key issues involved in underwater survival. Students also meet a member of the Aquarium’s dive team to learn what’s involved in learning to dive, and what it’s like to be submerged with the large sharks in our “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit

 

Marine World Magnified (ages 8-10)

Date: October 18

Time: 10 - 11 a.m. 

Cost: $15/per person (admission for participant is not required, however, if you would like to explore the Aquarium before/after the program, we are offering a $3 discount for participants, parents and siblings)

Standards Met: NGSS – 5: LS.2.A  |  CCSS – 4: W.4.1, W.4.7, SL.4.1; 5: W.5.8, MD.A.1

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As amazing as the marine world is to the naked eye, there are incredible plants and animals that can only be seen with special tools. Students use microscopes and hand lenses to observe different kinds of plankton and invertebrates, which may include barnacles, sea squirts, jellyfish larva, tunicates, brine shrimp and more. Then, they use math and language strategies to describe the scale of what they’ve seen.