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The Maritime Aquarium has revised its regular STEM-based, standards-fulfilling educational programming into a selection of online offerings that teachers can use as they adapt to distance learning. The programs will be streamed live to allow for questions and answers and for adaptations to specific curriculum needs. The programs also can be recorded for later viewing; for example, by a student who missed the live stream.
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These programs can be scheduled through the Aquarium’s Reservations department, similar to scheduling an Aquarium visit. To book one of these programs please call our Reservations Department at 203.852.0700 ext. 2206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The following programs will be tailored to the particular age of your group.
Meet some of the Aquarium's most captivating residents, our sea turtles! Learn ways to identify different sea turtle species and get a behind-the-scenes look at how we care for and feed our sea turtles. Plus we'll discuss ways to keep oceans and beaches safe for turtles.
Meet the Maritime Aquarium's seals and get a keeper's-eye view of a seal feeding and training session. Observe and discuss how seals are adapted for living in Long Island Sound, plus get a peek at the plans and construction of our new seal pool - the most exciting new exhibit in the Aquarium's history!
They may lack a brain but cnidarians have conquered the oceans, from the shallow seas to the darkest depths. Discover this tentacled, stinging and mysterious group of animals through The Maritime Aquarium's diverse collection. We’ll explore the complex life cycles of jellies through the Aquarium’s Culture Lab, see the Aquarium’s effort to rescue the Florida Reef Tract, and learn more about the unique relationship between anemones and clownfish.
There’s nothing at the Aquarium more fun than watching an animal being fed! Join us at 9:30am every Wednesday to watch a feeding and to meet and interact with a member of our animal care team. The first 15 minutes will be devoted to the feeding and the next fifteen minutes to questions from the audience. We’ll feature a different animal every week, ranging from sea turtles, rays and octopus to meerkats, hedgehogs horseshoe crabs and more! Due to the vagaries of animal health and feeding schedules, the particular animal to be fed each week will not be announced in advance, but you can be sure it will be an engaging and informative time for students. May be booked individually or as a series. 30 minutes.
During this interactive story time, an educator will introduce an Aquarium animal and lead young children through songs, rhymes, dances, and storybook readings. Programs will be scaled according to the age of your students and may be booked individually or as a series. 30-45 minutes depending on age level.
Hermit crab is outgrowing his shell and it’s time for a new home. Using Eric Carle’s classic story as motivation, we consider how living things use their environment to help them survive.
Nothing sparks an interest in nature and science like an up-close meeting with live animals. We’ll bring some of the aquarium’s most interesting and exciting animals into your classroom. Children will use their powers of observation and other early childhood science skills. Programs will be scaled according to the age of your students and may be booked individually or as a series. 30-45 minutes depending on age level.
Sharks have a variety of superb adaptations that have allowed them to survive for millions of years. In this program, students will examine the teeth and jaws of different species of sharks and learn how their structures and senses help them find a variety of prey in different ocean habitats. Students will get an up-close look at the different species of sharks we have at the Aquarium and create a shark of their own that has the structures it needs to survive.
By simply observing an animal eat and move, we can figure out a lot about its everyday life and habitat! With the help of an aquarium educator, take a look at some of the aquarium's beloved animals and use the power of observational skills and critical thinking to develop an idea of how each animal lives in its habitat.
Every animal changes during the course of its life, but some more than others. Our educators will present live animals as well as the shells, cocoons and other biofacts they leave behind as they grow. Students will classify and sequence the life-cycle patterns of different animals and learn the meaning of key words including egg, larva, adult and metamorphosis. 45 minutes.
There’s no better way for students to learn about the relationship between structure and function than through observation of live animals. Our educator will present animals such as turtles, crabs and snails, motivating students to draw their own conclusions about how every animal’s body is adapted to the things it needs to do to survive. 45 minutes.
Visit a virtual intertidal zone to learn and observe the unique adaptations Long Island Sound species have developed to overcome living in this challenging area. Students will learn how tides occur, and determine the intertidal habitat animals are best adapted for surviving in based on physical and behavioral adaptations.
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 observe video of a watershed model to see 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!
On this virtual tour led by an Aquarium educator, your students will see The Maritime Aquarium as never before. A focus on some of our most fascinating animals, such as sharks, octopus, crabs and jellies will enliven a discussion of food chains and motivate students to draw their own conclusions about the adaptations of predators and prey. 50 minutes.
The Aquarium’s living collection provides endless opportunities for exploring animal adaptations, behavior, feeding relationships and biodiversity. We’ll use some of the Aquariums most charismatic animals to explore these topics with your students. Programs will be scaled to your grade level and may be booked individually or as a series. 50 minutes.
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. Our Aquarium educator will share views at different magnifications of plankton and invertebrates, which may include barnacles, sea squirts, jellyfish larvae, tunicates, brine shrimp and more. We’ll also provide students with activities in which they’ll use language and math to describe the scale of what they’ve seen. 50 minutes.
Take a virtual tour of watery habitats within the Long Island Sound ecosystem. Students will identify biotic and abiotic elements within each habitat and determine how those elements interact with each other for survival and energy.
What is the status of horseshoe crabs in Long Island Sound, or corals in the Caribbean, and how is the aquarium working to make a difference? What is it like to be captain of the Aquarium’s hybrid-electric research vessel? Each session will feature a staff member with a particular job: research vessel captain, conservation scientist, aquarist/animal keeper, dive safety officer, social media designer. Students will learn about and ask questions about that professional’s work and the personal and academic journeys that led them to it.
What better time than now for a parent and child to take a solo walk in the woods or along the beach, or even to observe the birds outside their window? We’ll introduce apps like iNaturalist that can be used to record what you see and contribute to scientists’ knowledge of our local environment. Or we’ll demonstrate how to spend some time learning to identify birds and how students may use cell phones to contribute information to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird project.
Investigate the science of extreme weather, focusing on hurricanes, storm surge, and erosion; and learn about the importance of living shorelines for coastal protection. Plus, meet the Aquarium animals who make their home in the salt marsh!
This program was prepared by the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc.under award NA16SEC0080005 from the Environmental Literacy Grant (ELG) Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA or the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Storm surge, sea level rise and...slipper snails? Climate change promises to have a dramatic impact on communities across the world, but it's not all bad news out there. Join us for a closer look at the science of climate change, and learn the surprising secrets of climate resilience hidden in the coastal ecosystems of Long Island Sound. 60 minutes. Please only register once for your entire family.
The Aquarium’s exhibits allow us to experience coral reefs, the rainforest, temperate forest, grassland and desert within a single visit. We’ll provide students with close-up views of colorful tropical fish, energetic monkeys, snaggle-toothed caimans, a curious skunk, and more. All of these animals are adapted to particular environments dictated in large part by the presence or absence of water. Students will draw their own conclusions about the relationship between climate, biomes and habitats, and plant and animal communities. 50 minutes.
Storm surge, sea-level rise and...slipper snails? Climate change promises to have a dramatic impact on communities across the world, but it's not all bad news out there. Join us for a closer look at the science of climate change, and learn the surprising secrets of climate resilience hidden in the coastal ecosystems of Long Island Sound. 60 minutes. Please only register once for your entire family.
How is the shape of a shark’s teeth related to its diet and why do they have so many rows of teeth? What’s the special sixth sense that helps sharks find their prey? What’s the difference between bony and cartilaginous fish? Guided by our expert instructor, students will virtually visit the Aquarium’s shark tank to examine the adaptations that have allowed sharks to survive so successfully for millions of years. They’ll also meet a chain catshark up close, learn about the threats sharks are facing, and the work the Aquarium and other conservation organizations are doing to protect sharks close to home and around the world. 50 minutes.
The Aquarium isn’t just a place to see marine animals up close; it’s also a vibrant science center dedicated to saving wildlife and habitats. In this introduction to the strategies and tools of conservation biology, students will learn all about the Aquarium’s conservation work: the questions our scientists are exploring, the problems they are solving, and the strategies and tools they are using to make a difference. Behind-the-scenes visits to Aquarium exhibits and up-close views of live animals will bring science to life. Students will also learn about professions and specialties involved in conservation and ways the public can participate in protecting wildlife and saving species. Programs will be scaled to your grade level and may be booked individually or as a series. 50 minutes.