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To download the entire 2018-19 Educational Programs brochure as a PDF click here.
To begin planning your group’s visit to The Maritime Aquarium please call 203-852-0700 ext. 2206 between 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hurricanes and nor’easters, sea level rise and coastal erosion! This timely new program provides the opportunity for middle- and high-school students to delve into these local environmental threats through a unique and comprehensive hands-on experience. With its development funded through a three-year grant from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this program consists of three sessions: two in your classroom and one on Long Island Sound aboard the Aquarium’s hybrid-electric research vessel. Onboard the boat, students will collect environmental data and biological samples, and evaluate the resilience of their home coastline. An exploration of urgent real-world issues linking science and citizenship, “Sound Resilience – Get On Board!” provides an unprecedented opportunity for students to learn how the work of scientists is relevant to students’ everyday lives and the futures of their communities.
Sessions 1 and 3: 1 hour each in your classroom
Session 2: 2-hour cruise on the Aquarium’s research vessel
Through Spring 2019, FREE to schools in these communities:
Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk,
Westport, Wilton, Weston, Fairfield, Bridgeport and
Cost for schools in communities other than the 11 above:
$1,100 for three sessions. Please contact us about possible financial assistance.
For more details about “Sound Resilience: Get on Board!” and how to apply, email email@example.com or call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2208.
Survival underwater poses a myriad of physical, biological and chemical challenges. In a program that bridges the sciences, students examine how marine animals are adapted to overcome these challenges, and the ingenious technologies humans have developed to do so. Experiments focusing on pressure and how light and sound travel through water provide hands-on engagement with some of the key issues involved in underwater survival. Students also meet a member of the Aquarium’s dive team to learn what’s involved in learning to dive, and what it’s like to be submerged with the large sharks in our “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit. 75 minutes.
In-House only: $150 for first or simultaneous; $140 for second & additional sequential.
Standards: NGSS – PS4-1, LS4-2
How do scientists measure climate change, and what tells them if it’s having an impact on habitats and species? It’s all about sentinels. In this program, students learn about the biotic and abiotic sentinels that scientists use to understand the effects of a changing climate on Long Island Sound. After collecting and analyzing water-quality data and up-close examination of live animal sentinels, the program culminates with an immersive role-playing activity. Students adopt the perspectives of a variety of community members as they debate issues related to the health and management of the Sound. 90 minutes.
In-House only: $175 for first or simultaneous; $160 for second
& additional sequential.
Standards: NGSS – LS2-2, LS4-5, ESS3-5
Explore off-exhibit areas as you learn about the many careers that are involved in making The Maritime Aquarium a great place for visitors as well as for the animals that live here. View the “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit – with its 7-foot sharks – from above and visit our “Fish Kitchen” to learn how our aquarists meet the nutritional needs of more than 1,000 animals every day. Students not only learn about the behind-the-scenes operations of the Aquarium, but what they need to do to work with animals in a similar setting some day. One hour. Please note: from April through June, this program is offered only before 10 a.m. and after 1 p.m.
In-House only: $120 for first or simultaneous; $110 for second
Learn the fundamentals of how we study animal behavior and why enrichment is beneficial to animals in human care. Students receive first-hand experience being creative in designing and building an enrichment object for Aquarium animals using food and other sensory materials. Then students meet with a member of our Animal Husbandry department, who will put the enrichments in with the animals. Students then complete ethogram behavior surveys, logging how the animals interact with their enrichment item. 2 hours.
In-House only: $350
Must be booked at least 4 weeks in advanced. Limited to two bookings per month. Simultaneous and sequential programs not available on the same day.
For decades, sharks have been called “living fossils.” But recent studies have challenged the notion that sharks have changed little over the course of evolutionary time. Guided by the Aquarium’s expert instructors, students work in groups dissecting small sharks to investigate shark adaptations and why they’ve been so successful. Students also learn about the relationship between bony and cartilaginous fish, and why many shark species are now threatened. 105 minutes. Fee charged for extra specimens.
In-House only: $275 for first/simultaneous; $250 for second &
Standards: NGSS – LS4-1
Study cruise programs out onto Long Island Sound are available by charter for Grades 3 & up. Click Here to Learn More.
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Need financial assistance? Download the Group Financial-aid Form and either email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: The Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854; or fax it to: (203) 852-8892.