"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

Teachers & Groups

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Sand Tiger Shark Fun Fact

Look 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).

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 unique new hybrid-electric research vessel RV Spirit of the Sound 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. 2244 if you have any questions about the program.


Download our Professional Development workshops flyer.


Upcoming Workshops:


Sound Resilience - Get on Board!

Choose from One of the Following Dates: Sat., Nov. 4; or Tues., Nov. 7

Climate science and how our communities can be better prepared for environmental threats related to a changing climate are the focus of this new collaboration between The Maritime Aquarium and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). These are also excellent topics for implementing the Next Generation Science Standards in middle and high school. One-day “Sound Resilience” teacher workshops will introduce many valuable classroom resources and demonstrate how this new program will benefit your students.

Free to all middle- and high-school teachers. Teachers from schools in these communities receive a $100 stipend after attending: Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Wilton, Weston, Fairfield, Bridgeport and Stratford. 

Apply ONLINE or complete this pdfApplication and return it to: education@maritimeaquarium.org

Our Reservations Department will contact you upon acceptance.