In response to COVID-19, we’ve made some essential changes to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.
National Aquarium education programs provide students from the Baltimore-area and beyond with opportunities to encounter, understand and connect with the natural world, building the STEAM-powered skills they will need to become future science superstars! From pre-K through high school, students may participate in a full spectrum of National Aquarium educational programming. At every grade level, our educational programs inspire respect for the aquatic world and prepare students to act as informed, empowered stewards of our mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures.
Plan a Field Trip
For spring 2021, a virtual visit to the Aquarium is your students' passport to a world of wonder! We offer age-appropriate online experiences for students in grades pre-K through 12 that correspond with Next Generation Science Standards and ignite a life-long love for science and conservation. Virtual experiences also include pre- and post-program materials to help you make the most of your online program. In-building field trips are not currently being offered.
Education Programs Bringing STEAM Concepts to Life
The National Aquarium’s expert education team brings the wonder of the aquatic world to life with a diverse array of programs for students from Pre-K through Grade 12!
The National Aquarium welcomes homeschool families and groups to visit, explore and get hands-on with our world of aquatic treasures, or make use of our new online programming! Specially themed experiences and thoughtful programs for students of all ages make the Aquarium’s Homeschool Programs the perfect complement to any science curriculum.
For the 2020-21 school year, our monthly homeschool programs will consist of themed virtual classes offered via Zoom from October through February for students in kindergarten through grade 6. Students will participate in 45-minute-to-one-hour-long virtual sessions designed for their age group. All programs take place on Wednesdays at your choice of two time slots and are $18 per student per session. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A Wet World How do we keep the water clean for our fishy friends?
- Kindergarten – Grade 1: October 14 at 10:30 am or 2:30 pm
- Grades 2 – 3: October 21 at 10:30 am or 2:30 pm
- Grades 4 – 6: October 28 at 10:30 am or 2:30 pm
Time to Train Do birds smile? How do you train a turtle?
- Kindergarten – Grade 1: November 4 at 10:30 am or 2:30 pm
- Grades 2 – 3: November 11 at 10:30 am or 2:30 pm
- Grades 4 – 6: November 18 at 10:30 am or 2:30 pm
Daily Diet What do we feed animals and why isn’t it pizza?
- Kindergarten – Grade 1: December 2 at 10:30 am or 2:30 pm
- Grades 2 – 3: December 9 at 10:30 am or 2:30 pm
- Grades 4 – 6: December 16 at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm
Pups & Pufflings What is it like to have baby animals at the aquarium?
- Kindergarten – Grade 1: January 13 at 10:30 am or 2:30 pm
- Grades 2 – 3: January 20 at 10:30 am or 2:30 pm
- Grades 4 – 6: January 27 at 10:30 am or 2:30 pm
A Vet’s Visit Are nurse sharks really nurses? Do sloths go to the dentist?
- Kindergarten – Grade 1: February 3 at 10:30 am or 2:30 pm
- Grades 2 – 3: February 10 at 10:30 am or 2:30 pm
- Grades 4 – 6: February 17 at 10:30 am or 2:30 pm
National Aquarium professional development workshops provide instructors from pre-K through grade 12 with the knowledge, curriculum and inspiration needed to bring science to life in your classrooms. Professional development workshops are scheduled at regular intervals throughout the year and are a perfect complement to your science curriculum. Some workshops award MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits. Programming is affordable and registration is required.
Educators of students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (NOAA OER) and the National Aquarium for a live professional development workshop and follow-up event developed to increase ocean literacy through a three-part examination of the mystery and wonder of hydrothermal vents.
Registered educators will begin their participation by viewing asynchronous video content featuring interviews with experts in hydrothermal vent exploration and research which will be distributed and should be viewed in advance of a live, 90-minute online event on March 11, 2021 at 4:30 pm. This live program will feature an interactive question and answer session with hydrothermal vent experts, and an introduction to and demonstration of relevant educational activities and resources. Finally, the National Aquarium will host a 90-minute online follow-up event on March 25, 2021 at 4 pm to provide participants with the opportunity to explore additional resources and to cooperatively discuss content shared during the March 11 event.
With the completion of all three event components, educators will receive educator resources, a NOAA OER Certificate of Participation and a $75 stipend. Registration is required and space is limited.
Date: March 11, 2021
Time: 4:30 pm
Maximum Participants: 25
Cost: Free; Use password NOAAOER-PD2021 to register.
Registration Deadline: March 4, 2021
EDUCATION PROGRAMS Extracurricular Experiences
The National Aquarium offers students in middle and high school unique immersive opportunities that allow them to explore their interests in aquatic sciences beyond the classroom while preparing them for college, careers in STEAM fields and a world that is waiting for their insight!