In response to the COVID-19 closures, we will be streaming some of our most popular educational programs each week!
Students, families and individuals are welcome to take part in these live-streaming virtual programs. All programs require advance reservations to receive the needed link.
During this interactive story time, an Aquarium educator will lead young children and their parents/caregivers through songs, rhymes, dances, book readings and maybe even a visit with an animal ambassador. 45 minutes. Please only register once for your entire family.
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. 60 minutes. Please only register once for your entire family.
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. 60 minutes. Please only register once for your entire family.
Aquarium members: to enroll in this program for free you must FIRST register with the e-mail we have on file in your membership record. Once you initially register for online purchasing, simply sign in for subsequent visits.
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. 45 minutes. Please only register once for your entire family.
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! 60 minutes. Please only register once for your entire family.
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. 45 minutes. Please only register once for your entire family.
Investigate the science of extreme weather, focusing on hurricanes, storm surge, and erosion; and learn about the importance of living shorelines for coastal protection. Plus, meet the Aquarium animals who make their home in the salt marsh! 60 minutes. Please only register once for your entire family.
What is it like to be captain of the Aquarium’s hybrid-electric research vessel? Students will learn about and ask questions about our captain's work and the personal and academic journeys that led them to it. 60 minutes. Please only register once for your entire family.
Even while practicing social distancing, there are still opportunities to observe nature through a walk around your yard or even to look out the window for birds, squirrels and other animals. Participants will be introduced to apps like iNaturalist that can be used to record what they see, thereby contributing to scientists’ knowledge of our local environment. Plus, they’ll learn how to identify birds and how to contribute information to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird project. 60 minutes. Please only register once for your entire family.