"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).

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Click on the image at right for a pdf of our entire 2017-18 Educational Programs brochure.

 

Gallery Explorations (Grades 3-5)

In the company of an Aquarium educator, your students see The Maritime Aquarium as never before. These themed, guided tours use the motivating power of the Aquarium’s animals, along with observational strategies for young students, to bring grade-appropriate life science topics alive. Choose one focus for your exploration. One hour each. Please note: from April through June, Gallery Explorations are offered only before 10 a.m. and after 1 p.m. Pick from:

• Hide, Seek, Chomp: Adaptations of Marine Animals

• Behind the Scenes: Species in Our Own Backyard

At Aquarium: $120 for first or simultaneous; $110 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.
Neither is available as a Traveling Teacher program.

Standards:
Grade 3: Next Gen., LS2.D, LS4.C, LS4.D; CT Science, 3.2; CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8.
Grade 4: Next Gen., LS1.A; CT Science, 4.2; Common Core, SL.4.1, SL.5.1; CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1.
Grade 5: Next Gen., LS2.A; CT Science, 5.2; CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1.

 

Life Between the Tides (Grades 3-4) horseshoeCrab-Herity

Imagine living in a place that gets flooded every day! That’s the challenge faced by the amazing and resilient animals of Long Island Sound’s intertidal zone. Students read tide charts and learn how the moon influences the rise and fall of the tides. They meet and touch different kinds of crabs, mollusks and gastropods, use an age-appropriate field guide to identify them, and employ their observation skills to explain how these animals are adapted for the daily and seasonal changes in their environment. One hour. Includes live animals in the presentation. Also available as a Traveling Teacher presentation at your school.

At Aquarium: $135 for first or simultaneous; $120 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.
Traveling Teacher at Your School: $185 for first or simultaneous; $135 for second & additional sequential. Additional travel fees may apply.

Standards:
Grade 3: Next Gen., LS4.C; CT Science, 34.2; Common Core, W.3.1b, SL.3.1; CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 2, 4.
Grade 4: Next Gen., LS1.A, LS1.C; CT Science, 4.2; Common Core, SL.4.1; CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 2, 4.

 

Squid Adaptations (Grades 3-4) 2-squid

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. One hour. Also available as a Traveling Teacher presentation at your school.

At Aquarium: $135 for first or simultaneous; $120 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.
Traveling Teacher at Your School: $185 for first or simultaneous; $135 for second & additional sequential. Additional travel fees may apply.

Standards:
Grade 3: Next Gen., LS4.C; CT Science, 3.2; Common Core, RL.3.1, RL.3.7, W.3.1b, SL.3.1; CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6.
Grade 4: Next Gen., LS1.A; CT Science, 4.2; Common Core, SL.4.1; CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6.

Stream Table Investigation (Grade 4)

Geologist Charles Lyell is credited with the insight that water’s powerful ability to shape the landscapes we see today also caused major transformations over the course of Earth’s history. Using the Aquarium’s stream table models, students conduct an inquiry to discover the role erosion and deposition play in creating rivers and landforms. Students create their own model to learn how natural and fabricated objects can affect these processes. 90 minutes. Also available as a Traveling Teacher presentation at your school.

At Aquarium: $200 for first or simultaneous; $185 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.
Traveling Teacher at Your School: $265 for first or simultaneous; $200 for second & additional sequential. Add’l travel fees may apply.

Standards:
Grade 4: Next Gen., PS3.A, ESS2.A; CT Science, 4.3; Common Core, SL.4.1, W.4.1b, W4.7; CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10.

 

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As amazing as the marine world is to the naked eye, there are amazing 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. One hour. Includes live animals in the presentation. Also available as a Traveling Teacher presentation at your school.

At Aquarium: $145 for first or simultaneous; $130 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.
Traveling Teacher at Your School: $185 for first or simultaneous; $135 for second & additional sequential. Additional travel fees may apply.

Standards:
Grade 4: Common Core, W.4.1, W.4.7, SL.4.1

Grade 5: Next Gen., LS.2.A; Common Core, W.5.8, MD.A.1

 

Brine Shrimp Inquiry (Grade 5) brine-shrimp

Through a guided inquiry experiment, students take on the role of behavioral scientists as they investigate how brine shrimp respond to a range of stimuli. Creating hypotheses, recording observations and deciding how to control variables, students engage in an experiment that emulates the scientific process. Afterward, students draw their own conclusions and present their results. One hour. Includes live animals in the presentation. Also available as a Traveling Teacher presentation at your school.

At Aquarium: $145 for first or simultaneous; $130 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.
Traveling Teacher at Your School: $185 for first or simultaneous; $135 for second & additional sequential. Additional travel fees may apply.

Standards:
Grade 5: Next Gen., LS2.1; CT Science, 5.2; Common Core, SL5.5; CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10.

 

Water Pollution (Grades 5-7)

Long Island Sound and its watershed provide a perfect opportunity to explore human impacts on aquatic ecosystems. Students share their knowledge about sources of pollution and then "pollute" a watershed model to demonstrate how pollutants travel and where they end up. They also discuss strategies for cleaning up the pollution that makes its way to the Sound, and identify ways everyone can contribute to that effort! One hour. Also available as a Traveling Teacher presentation at your school.

At Aquarium: $135 for first or simultaneous; $120 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.
Traveling Teacher at Your School: $185 for first or simultaneous; $135 for second & additional sequential. Add’l travel fees may apply.

Standards:
Grade 6: Next Gen., ESS2.A, ESS3.A, ESS3.C, CSS2.A; CT Science, 6.2, 6.4; Common Core, SL.4.1; CT Core Scientific, C INQ: 1, 3, 8, 9, 10.
Grade 7: Next Gen., ESS2.A, ESS3.A, ESS3.C, CSS2.A; CT Science, 7.3; CT Core Scientific, C INQ: 1, 3, 8. 9. 10.

 


 

Field Programs

Explore the marine life at a local beach! Get details by clicking here.

 


 

Study Cruises for School/Scout/Camps (by charter)

 

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Cruises take place aboard The Maritime Aquarium's unique R/V Spirit of the Sound™, a 64-foot catamaran that is the country's first research vessel with hybrid-electric propulsion. She's bigger, greener and quieter than our previous boat.

 

Need financial assistance? Download the Group Financial-aid Form and either email it to reservations@maritimeaquarium.org or mail to: The Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854; or fax it to: (203) 852-8892.

 

Creatures of the Deep (Grades 3-5)

April-June and September-November: 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. weekends
July & August: 9 a.m. daily


Focus on the adaptations of the animals living in Long Island Sound. Students utilize such sampling techniques as a plankton tow, biodredge and trawl net that may bring up fish, crabs, squid, mollusks and more. A videomicroscope (tied to a large flat-screen monitor) and a touch tank onboard enhance observations. 2.5 hours. Cost for any cruise: $850 for up to 40 participants. Additional Aquarium admission is optional.

 

Standards:
Grade 3: Next Gen., LS1.B, LS4.C; Common Core, L.3.3, L3.6, 3.MD.B.4; CT Science, 3.2, 3.4.
Grade 4: Next Gen., LS1.A, LS1.D; CT Science, 4.2, 4.3; Common Core, SL.4.1, 4.MD.A.1.
Grade 5: Next Gen., LS2.A, ESS2.C; Common Core, R.5.7, SL.5.1, SL.5.6.

 

Cruises can occur in rain, cold and wind, and are canceled only if conditions are dangerous. Please dress accordingly!

All observations made on study cruises are recorded. This data is part of an ongoing student-based research project called the Long Island Sound Biodiversity Study. Details ...

 

Teachers in CT, NY, and NJ - Ride Free

Teachers and school administrators, if you have not experienced a Marine Life Study Cruise, we want you aboard! From May through Labor Day, you can join us on a regularly scheduled public Marine Life Study Cruise aboard our new hybrid-electric research vessel at no charge. Advance reservations are required. Qualified licensed educators presently teaching in CT, NY, or NJ, with proper school ID only please. Call our Reservations Office: 203-852-0700, ext. 2206, Monday through Friday 9:30 - 4:30 to reserve your spot.