Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Scout Day at The Maritime Aquarium offers admission discounts, plus special educational programs that help to fulfill badge requirements, as well as other educational opportunities for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.
All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or troop leader.
Advance registration is required for badge programs. Register online below or by calling our Reservations Department at 203.852.0700 ext.2206 Mon. - Fri. 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
To receive the "Scout Day" discount you will need your pack or troop and unit number. Aquarium admission includes an IMAX® film and Scout Day patch. Aquarium Members can purchase a Scout Day patch for $2.
Please Note: For day-of walk-up tickets, discounted admission will be given to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of all ages. Scouting apparel (uniforms, vests, sashes, etc) must be worn to receive discount.
Purchase Aquarium Tickets including "Oceans: Our Blue Planet" at either 10 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m.
Purchase Aquarium Tickets including "Superpower Dogs" at either 11 a.m., 2 or 4 p.m.
Purchase Aquarium Tickets including "Pandas" at 12 p.m.
Purchase Aquarium tickets and decline IMAX movie
Workshop prices do not include admission to the Aquarium (must be purchased separately.) Cost is the same for both Aquarium Members and non-Members.
Tour the Aquarium and observe animal behaviors, movements and body coverings to learn how the creatures are adapted to the varying aquatic habitats. Create an animal home, either by visiting the meerkats exhibit and sketching out their burrows OR by assembling a basic salt-water aquarium. Play a sea turtle nesting game to discover why sea turtles are endangered and what we can do to help protect them, and more. Register Here
Join Girl Scouts of Connecticut to learn all about how animals use their senses. How does a bug see? How well can a shark smell? How do parent penguins find their babies? You'll learn the answers to these questions and more as we use the Aquarium as our extended classroom. Register Here
Imagine living in a place that gets flooded every day! That's the challenge faced by the amazing and resilient animals of Long Island Sound's intertidal zone. Scouts will learn how the moon influences the rise and fall of tides, meet and touch different kinds of crabs, mollusks and gastropods and more! Register Here
Go behind-the-scenes of The Maritime Aquarium to see how we care for our friends with fins. Discover the various needs of our animals and your pets at home by learning how to set up a basic salt-water aquarium. Create a food budget and calculate the monthly costs to feed the Aquarium's sharks. And play Pet Bingo and Animal Charades to understand how our pets communicate with us. Register Here
We are putting a twist on this badge! Use your design and innovation skills to help an animal in need, design enrichment for an animal in the Aquarium or solve an issue affecting wildlife around the world today. What will you design and what impact will you make? Register Here
Scouts will become scientists as they cruise Long Island Sound aboard our research vessel on this 2-hour cruise.
The Merit Badge (MB) classes offered will cover the topic information needed for a scout to individually address the BSA MB requirements while taking advantage of the unique setting, resources and class activities at the Maritime Aquarium. Each scout must complete all the MB requirements as written to earn the selected MB. Each scout should acquire and read the MB Book in advance of the class and obtain a signed Blue Card from his scoutmaster. Additional information will be communicated to the scouts by the respective MB counselor, prior to the date of the MB course.
Please be advised, BSA MB work effort standards are enforced. A Scout's individual work efforts and participation in class will be evaluated to determine if he can complete the MB or receive a MB partial credit. Please note, attendance at the MB class alone is not sufficient to receive a signed and completed MB Blue Card.
The oceans cover more than 70 percent of our planet and are the dominant feature of Earth. Wherever you live, the oceans influence the weather, the soil, the air, and the geography of your community. To study the oceans is to study Earth itself. Taking advantage of the unique Aquarium settings, classroom lectures, lab activities, microscopes, and RV cruise (must be 42" tall), participants will conduct experiments to examine two sample sites, measure ocean water salinity, observe waves and organism found in each habitat. Classroom lectures will cover topics needed to address the MB requirements. All students are required to construct and bring a Plankton Net, to be used aboard the RV cruise. This class of open to all Scout BSA ranks.
Wildlife management is the science and art of managing the wildlife—both animals and fish—with which we share our planet. Maintaining the proper balance and the dynamics that go with it requires humankind's attention. We want our descendants to have the opportunity to experience the same animal diversity that we now enjoy. Taking advantage of the unique Aquarium settings, classroom lectures, lab activities, fish dissection and 30-minute walking tour of the area around the Aquarium, participants will study animals and fish by observing organisms found in each habitat. Classroom lecture will cover topics needed to address the MB requirements. This class of open to all Scout BSA ranks.
Environmental Science is an advance MB. While earning the Environmental Science merit badge, Scouts will get a taste of what it is like to be an environmental scientist, making observations and carrying out experiments to investigate the natural world. Taking advantage of the unique Aquarium setting classroom lectures, activities and RV cruise (must be 42" tall), participants will conduct experiments to examine two sample sites, measure environmental conditions and organism found in each habitat. Additional research of address MB requirements can be found in the Aquarium exhibits that scouts will review. Register Here
*Special rank qualifications to attend: Environmental Science MB is an advanced class and Eagle required MB. As such, participants should have earned the rank of First Class Scout or above to qualify for the class. The Environmental Science MB will NOT be awarded in a single session. Following the MB class activities at the Maritime Aquarium, the scout is responsible to complete all BSA MB requirements, including written and verbal responses for review along with a 1 hr interactive phone interview by MB counselor with the MB candidate to satisfy all BSA requirements to complete the Environmental Science MB.