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Teacher Workshops

The National Aquarium offers several professional development opportunities for educators, including day-long teacher workshops, an annual teacher overnight and an intensive weeklong teacher institute.

Upcoming Dates

Flying WILD
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Come join the National Aquarium for International Migratory Bird Day and engage in hands-on, interdisciplinary activities focusing on birds, the environment and conservation. Activities are drawn from the Flying Wild Curriculum and Activity Guide, which includes activities led by teachers, students and volunteers. This workshop is appropriate for informal and formal educators of K-12 students. Participants receive a copy of the Flying Wild Curriculum and Activity Guide.

Date: May 14

Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Maximum Participants: 20

Cost: $15 per person. Includes Aquarium admission and refreshments. Lunch is not included.

Registration Deadline: April 29

Growing Up WILD
June 11, 2016

Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature, inviting them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive the Growing Up WILD curriculum book.

Date: June 11

Time: 9:30 am to 1 pm

Maximum Participants: 20

Cost: $5 per person (includes Aquarium admission and refreshments. Lunch is not included.)

Registration Deadline: May 27

WOW! Wonders of Wetlands
Thursday June 23, 2016

This one-day workshop features hands-on multi-disciplinary activities from the WOW!: The Wonders of Wetlands curriculum guide.  All activities are designed to increase understanding of wetland ecology and issues, and to promote informed decision-making regarding wetlands. This workshop is appropriate for informal and formal educators of K to 12 students. Each participant will receive a free copy of WOW:! The Wonders of Wetlands. Participants may be eligible to receive 1 MSDE Professional Development Credits when combined with other workshops.

Date: June 23

Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm

Maximum Participants: 15

Cost: $18 per person (includes Aquarium admission and refreshments. Lunch is not included.)

Registration Deadline: June 10

Project WILD
August 11, 2016

Engage in hands-on, inter-disciplinary activities focusing on wildlife, the environment and conservation. Activities are drawn from the popular Project WILD Curriculum and Activity Guide. This workshop is appropriate for informal and formal educators of K-12 students. Participants receive copies of both the Project WILD and WILD Aquatic Curriculum and Activity Guides. Participants may be eligible to receive 1 MSDE Professional Development Credits.

Date: August 11

Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm

Maximum Participants: 20

Cost: $10 per person (includes Aquarium admission and refreshments. Lunch is not included.)

Registration Deadline: July 29

Project Learning Tree
August 10, 2016

Investigate environmental education concepts through activities from the Project Learning Tree Activity Guide. Project Learning Tree is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary curriculum for educators of students in grades Pre-K through 8. Participants in this workshop receive a copy of the Project Learning Tree Environmental Education Activity Guide. Participants may be eligible to receive 1 MSDE Professional Development Credits.

Date: August 10

Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm

Maximum Participants: 20

Cost: $15 per person (includes Aquarium admission and refreshments. Lunch is not included.)

Registration Deadline: July 29

Project WET 2.0
August 9, 2016

Engage in multi-disciplinary activities that promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge and management of water resources. This workshop highlights the new Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 which contains revised and updated activities from the original Guide as well as many brand new activities. The workshop is appropriate for informal and formal educators of K-12 students. Participants receive a copy of the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0. Participants may be eligible to receive 1 MSDE Professional Development Credits.

Date: August 9

Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm

Maximum Participants: 20

Cost: $10 per person (includes Aquarium admission and refreshments. Lunch is not included.)

Registration Deadline: July 29

Corals in the Classroom
July 12, 2016

The National Aquarium and Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation (KSLOF) invite you to explore the underwater world of coral reefs by participating in this stimulating half-day workshop. Gain access to the KSLOF’s Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum, hosted on a state-of-the-art online learning platform, containing free and innovative content including photos, videos, interactives, lesson plans, quizzes and more. Participate in hands-on activities from the Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum and learn how you can use coral reefs to teach about everyday topics, such as classification, mitosis, and symbiosis. Delve into the underwater world of coral reefs, as experts from the National Aquarium take you on a of National Aquarium’s Blacktip Reef Exhibit.

This workshop is appropriate for middle and high school informal and formal educators. Refreshments will be provided. Make sure to bring an electronic device, preferably a computer.

Date: July 12

Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Maximum Participants: 30

Cost: The cost of the training will be free to educators; however, there will be a $15 registration fee per person, which will be returned after attending the workshop. 

Registration Deadline: June 28


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Workshop Registration

Reservations for teacher workshops are accepted by phone at 410-576-3833.

MSDE Professional Development Credit

Maryland teachers that complete three out of the following four teacher workshops at the National Aquarium or select other sites after October 23, 2012 may be eligible to receive 1 MSDE Professional Development Credit:

  • Project WET
  • Project WILD
  • Project Learning Tree
  • WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands