Professional Development

Teachers, The Maritime Aquarium’s Education Department provides a variety of workshops to help you achieve your goals! In all programs for teachers, we demonstrate ways that Long Island Sound, the Aquarium and marine life can be used to teach standards-based science. We model activities that can be done in the classroom, as well as during field trips to the Aquarium and at other relevant sites, such as local beaches and salt marshes. 


Upcoming Workshops



November 13 & 14 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

Through immersive experiences and group discussions centered around the NGSS, this two-day workshop is designed to introduce teachers unfamiliar with the NGSS to three-dimensional learning and what it can look like in their classrooms. Participants will begin to appreciate what it will take to understand the NGSS deeply and move the vision into practice. They will see the value in the vision and learn about steps that can be taken to continue their learning.

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Sound Resilience – Get on Board!

Sun., March 24, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m

Preparing our communities for increasing extreme weather in a changing climate is the focus of Sound Resilience - Get on Board!, a new collaboration between The Maritime Aquarium and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This unique PD opportunity will introduce you to Sound Resilience and to valuable classroom resources produced by NOAA and The Maritime Aquarium. These topics and resources also provide excellent opportunities for implementing the Next Generation Science Standards in middle and high school.

Free to all middle- and high-school teachers. Teachers from schools in these communities receive a $100 stipend for attending: Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Westport, Wilton, Weston, Fairfield, Bridgeport and Stratford.

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Free Previews Before You Bring Your Class ...

Available for Teachers & Administrators in CT, NY, and NJ
Screen an IMAX Movie

With advance reservations, teachers can preview our standard IMAX movies at any public screening for free. Click here to see what’s playing on the day you want to visit.

come out on a Study Cruise! 

If you have not experienced a Marine Life Encounter Cruise, we want you aboard! From May through Labor Day, you can join us on any regularly scheduled public Marine Life Encounter Cruise aboard our unique hybrid-electric research vessel at no charge. 


For both the free movies and cruises, advance reservations are required. These offers are for qualified licensed educators currently teaching in CT, NY, or NJ, with proper school ID only. Accompanying friends and family members of educators must purchase tickets. 

Book your movie seat and/or cruise ticket by calling our Reservations Office: 203-852-0700, ext. 2206, Monday through Friday 9:30 - 4:30.

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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