Distance Learning Programs

The Maritime Aquarium has revised its regular STEM-based, standards-fulfilling educational programming into a selection of online offerings. 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.

Program details
  • Length: vary from 30 to 50 minutes depending on program
  • Capacity: up to 30 students (an additional charge will apply for 30+ students)
  • Single programs are $105 per session
  • Series are $105 for the first session in the series, $95 for subsequent sessions in the series.

Financial assistance is available for many schools. Click Here to Download Financial Aid Form

For questions or to book a program, please contact our Reservations Department at (203) 852-0700 extension 2206 between 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday or email reservations@maritimeaquarium.org. Please note: reservations for education programs must be made at least 6-8 weeks in advance.

Meet the Animals | Pre-K to Grade 2

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. Choose from:

  • Seals
  • Jellies
  • Sharks
  • Turtles

Hide, Seek, Chomp | Grades 1 - 5

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 and jellies will enliven a discussion of food chains and motivate students to draw their own conclusions about the adaptations of predators and prey. Program will be scaled to your grade level. 50 minutes. 

Life Between the Tides | Grades 3 - 5

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.

Aquarium Stars | Grades 3 - 6 

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. Choose from:

  • Seals
  • Jellies
  • Sharks
  • Turtles

Sound Resilience | Grades 6 - 12

Hurricanes and nor’easters, sea level rise and coastal erosion! This program provides the opportunity for students to delve into these local environmental threats. Program will be scaled to your grade level and can be booked as a series or stand-alone programs.

Coasts That Shift and Change

Investigate the science of extreme weather, focusing on hurricanes, storm surge, and erosion; and learn about the importance of living shorelines for coastal protection. 50 minutes.

Your Coast and Climate Change

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. 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.)

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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.

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Phone: (203) 852-0700

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