Distance Learning

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.

The presentation lengths vary from 40 to 60 minutes, are for up to 30 students, and cost $60 per presentation. Financial assistance is available for many schools. Click here for Financial Aid Form

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 reservations@maritimeaquarium.org

Programs by Grade:


Preschool and Kindergarten

Fish Tales

Fish Tales is an interactive story time for toddlers and parents/caregivers. Each week, we sing songs and rhymes, dance and read books with Aquarium Educators, and maybe even meet an animal ambassador! Young children and a parent or caregiver will be able to join us from home.

Grades K-2

Shark Safari

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.

Similarities & Differences

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.

Grades 3-5

Life Between the Tides

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.

Water Pollution

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!

Grades 6-8 and 9-12

Sound Ecosystems

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.

Meet the Expert

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.

Citizen Science: Spring into science

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.

Coasts That Shift and Change (Sound Resilience Session 1)

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!

Our Mission

Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

Contact Us

Open Daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Phone: (203) 852-0700

10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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