Professional Development for Teachers and School Administrators

The Maritime Aquarium can offer Professional Development for teachers for either a full- or half-day venue at the Aquarium, or at your school.

The most popular PD historically involves teachers being the students aboard our unique new hybrid-electric research vessel RV Spirit of the Sound™ for half a day, learning about the biological and physical aspects Long Island Sound and collecting real-time data that can then be used in their classrooms.

The second half of the day is spent in the Aquarium learning how the exhibits can be used to teach and reinforce state goals and standards and grade-level expectations. Time will be spent discussing curriculum, grade appropriateness, exhibits and the species, and includes subject areas as well as science.

We can suggest pre and post-trip activities, as well as the many ways of applying lessons to your state's goals and standards and to your curriculum. We can also train teachers in how to take their students on field trips to local beaches, parks and streams so they may use these local locations to teach grade-level science classes directed at state goals and standards.

These field experiences may not only involve the sciences, but also reinforcing math skills, art, history and writing. Staff at The Maritime Aquarium also are willing to customize science professional development to enrich subject-area learning for a grade level or the entire staff.

For more information and to discuss options, please contact Nicki Rosenfeld at (203) 852-­‐0700, ext. 2244, or 

Download our Professional Development workshops flyer.

Upcoming Workshops:


Sound Resilience – Get on Board!

A NOAA-Funded Coastal Community Resilience Program

One-day Workshop (8:30 a.m.-2:30p.m.)

Choose One of the Following Dates: Sat., Feb. 24 or Sat., Mar. 17

Free to all middle- and high-school teachers. Climate science and how our communities can be better prepared for environmental threats related to a changing climate are the focus of this new collaboration between The Maritime Aquarium and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). These are also excellent topics for implementing the Next Generation Science Standards in middle and high school. One-day “Sound Resilience” teacher workshops will introduce many valuable classroom resources and demonstrate how this new program will benefit your students.

Teachers from schools in these communities receive a $100 stipend after attending: Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Wilton, Weston, Fairfield, Bridgeport and Stratford.

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How to Use Phenomena to Drive Instruction: An NGSS Transition Workshop

March 15 & 16 (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

The NRC Science Framework and NGSS call for fundamental shifts in the way we teach and engage students, from learning about science to figuring out science and sense-making. During our session, we will engage as learners and educators to explore phenomena and build sense-making experiences for the students in our classrooms.

Open to classroom teachers, grades K-12. Schools are encouraged to send grade-level teams. This workshop will take place in the Hinnant Room at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Limited to 24 participants. A light breakfast will be included. Please bring a bagged lunch or option to purchase in our café.

Registration Deadline: March 7, 2018

Registration fee: $50

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Free Marine Life Study Cruise!

Available for Teachers in CT, NY, and NJ

Teachers and school administrators, if you have not experienced a Marine Life Study Cruise, we want you aboard! From May through Labor Day, you can join us on a regularly scheduled public Marine Life Study Cruise aboard our new hybrid-electric research vessel at no charge. Advance reservations are required. Qualified licensed educators presently teaching in CT, NY, or NJ, with proper school ID only please. Call our Reservations Office: 203-852-0700, ext. 2206, Monday through Friday 9:30 - 4:30 to reserve your spot.

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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Open Daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Phone: (203) 852-0700

10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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