Distance Learning for Schools

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.

Looking for programs in Spanish? The Maritime Aquarium now offers several programs completely in Spanish!

Program details
  • Length: vary from 30 to 50 minutes depending on program
  • Capacity: up to 30 students
Pricing
  • Single programs (with the exception of Feeding Time!) are $95 per session
  • Series are $95 for the first session in the series, $85 for subsequent sessions in the series.

Financial assistance is available for many schools. Click Here to Download 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 or for questions about in-person programs, please call our Reservations Department at 203.852.0700 ext. 2206 or email reservations@maritimeaquarium.org


Programs:

 

Preschool and Kindergarten

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.

  • Seals
  • Jellies
  • Sharks
  • Mollusks
  • Crabs & Lobsters
  • Turtles
Fish Tales

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.

Animal Series

  • Fish
  • Turtles
  • Jellies
  • Sharks & Stingrays
  • Frogs & Amphibians
  • Mammals

Habitats Series

  • Habitats
  • Oceans
  • Beaches
  • Forests
  • Rivers, Lakes & Ponds
  • Rainforests
House for Hermit Crab

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.

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. 45 minutes.

Grades 1-2

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.

  • Seals
  • Jellies
  • Sharks
  • Mollusks
  • Crabs & Lobsters
  • Turtles
Shark Safari (grades 2-3)

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.

Life Cycles (Grades 1-2)

Every animal changes during the course of its lifetime, but some more than others. Students make discoveries about life cycles by examining aquarium animals and describing how animals change structurally and behaviorally as they grow up. 50 minutes. 

Structures & Functions (Grades 1-2)

There’s no better way for students to learn about the relationship between structure and function than through observation of aquarium animals. Our educator will present animals such as turtles, birds, porcupines and scorpions, motivating students to draw their own conclusions about how every animal’s body is adapted to the things it needs to do to survive. 50 minutes.

Grades 3-5

Shark Safari (grades 2-3)

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.

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.

  • Seals
  • Jellies
  • Sharks
  • Mollusks
  • Crabs & Lobsters
  • Turtles
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. 50 minutes.

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! 50 minutes.

Hide, Seek, Chomp

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. 50 minutes.

Marine World Magnified (Grades 5-6)

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.

Grades 6-8

Sound resilience

Hurricanes and nor’easters, sea level rise and coastal erosion! This program provides the opportunity for students to delve into these local environmental threats. 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.

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.

  • Seals
  • Jellies
  • Sharks
  • Mollusks
  • Crabs & Lobsters
  • Turtles
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. 50 minutes.

Aquarium Careers

What does it take for an aquarium to run?  During this virtual program, students will learn about the exciting and diverse careers available at aquariums, and the wide-range of backgrounds needed in this unique institution. We will explore fields ranging from research vessel captain to aquarist and everything in between. 50 minutes. 

Shark Anatomy and Evolution

What makes a shark, a shark? How are sharks today similar to and different from extinct sharks? Guided by our expert instructors, students will virtually visit the Aquarium’s shark tanks to examine the adaptations that have allowed sharks to survive so successfully for millions of years. 50 minutes.

Biomes & Habitats

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.

Marine World Magnified (Grades 5-6)

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.

Grades 9-12

Conservation Biology

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 they are using, and actions students can take, to make a difference. Programs will be scaled to your grade level and may be booked individually or as a series. 50 minutes.

  • Horseshoe Crabs
  • Sharks
  • Cnidarians: Corals, Jellies & Anemones
  • Terrapins and other Turtles
Sound resilience

Hurricanes and nor’easters, sea level rise and coastal erosion! This program provides the opportunity for students to delve into these local environmental threats. 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.

Aquarium Careers

What does it take for an aquarium to run?  During this virtual program, students will learn about the exciting and diverse careers available at aquariums, and the wide-range of backgrounds needed in this unique institution. We will explore fields ranging from research vessel captain to aquarist and everything in between. 50 minutes. 

En EspaƱol

Todo Sobre Las Focas (todos los grados)

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!

Todo Sobre Las Tortugas Marinas (todos los grados)

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.


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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.


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Members-Only Hours: Mondays from 10 - 11 a.m.

Phone: (203) 852-0700

10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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