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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 or for questions about in-person 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.
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.
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.
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. 45 minutes.
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. 50 minutes.
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. 50 minutes.
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.
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.
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. 50 minutes.
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! 50 minutes.
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.
How do tiny microscopic organisms in the ocean affect us, and the earth? Join us as we survey a plankton sample from Long Island Sound. Discover the numerous groups of organisms that drift with the currents and why they are so important to humans and the living planet. 50 minutes.
Hurricanes and nor’easters, sea level rise and coastal erosion! This program provides the opportunity for students to delve into these local environmental threats.
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.
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. 50 minutes.
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. 50 minutes.
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.
A virtual tour of the Aquarium’s exhibits allow students to experience coral reefs, the rainforest, temperate forest, grassland and desert. 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.
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.
It's On Us: Resiliency Design Challenge: Armed with your knowledge of extreme weather, climate change, and what it takes to make a coastal community resilient, you now have a mission to fulfill: create a weather and climate resilience plan for your town! Balance a budget, examine costs and benefits of different strategies and share your master plan with classmates in an interactive online Town Hall moderated by Aquarium educators. 50 minutes.
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.
Únase a nosotros para conocer a las focas del Acuario Marítimo y obtener una vista de un cuidador de una sesión de entrenamiento y alimentación de focas. Observe y discuta cómo se adaptan las focas para vivir en Long Island Sound, además de echar un vistazo a los planos y la construcción de nuestra nueva piscina de focas, ¡la nueva exhibición más emocionante en la historia del Acuario!
Acompáñenos para conocer a algunos de los residentes más cautivadores del Acuario, ¡nuestras tortutgas marinas! Aprende maneras de identificar diferentes especies de tortugas marinas y observe entre bastidores cómo cuidamos y alimentamos a nuestras tortugas marinas. Además, discutiremos maneras en cómo mantener los océanos y playas seguros para las tortugas.