The National Aquarium hosted more than 2,000 guests during its annual School Shell-ebration event last week, providing a free evening visit for local students and their families. The event celebrated sea star students on the successful completion of the 2021-2022 school year.
Each year, School Shell-ebration provides complimentary after-hours access to the National Aquarium for local students and their families. The event was developed by the National Aquarium to honor the outstanding achievements of Baltimore-area students.
"We love being able to celebrate students who have worked so hard throughout the 2021-2022 school year by giving them an opportunity to bring their families to the Aquarium," said Sarah Doccolo, community programs manager at the National Aquarium. "We are honored to provide access for our community to join this meaningful celebration as part of our goal to inspire the next generation of hopeful conservationists."
The event, which took place on June 14 and 16, included shell-ebratory moments throughout the exhibit path. From the moment of arrival, students were greeted by cheers and applause from Aquarium staff alongside Baltimore's performance art group Fluid Movement in their signature creative aquatic-themed costumes. The fun continued with interactive performances from Baltimore Hoop Love and band Guava Jelly. Aquarium educators also engaged with students to reflect on where they found scholarly success throughout the jaw-some school year.
School Shell-ebration is proudly supported by Pepsi.
School Shell-ebration is one of several community programs offered by the National Aquarium to welcome local residents to visit at free or reduced admission.