Education

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 need to become future superstars! From pre-K through high school, at every grade level, our education programs inspire respect for the natural 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

National Aquarium school field trips are your students' passport to a world of aquatic wonder! Spending a day with us provides an up-close look at the animals, habitats and careers that make science exciting, while bringing conservation education and STEAM concepts from your curriculum to life.


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 of all ages, from pre-K through grade 12!

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Homeschool Programs

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.

To initiate a National Aquarium education program reservation request, please contact our reservation specialists at reserve@aqua.org or 410-576-3833. Due to exceptionally heavy request volume, we suggest that you begin your reservation request via email and allow several days for a response from our team. Hold times may be significant. All requests will be processed in the order they are received, and your patience is appreciated.

Homeschool Days are open to pre-K through high school students and are designed to be family learning days. Each day, the learning stations are open from 10 am to 2 pm.

Program prices, themes and schedule are subject to changes.

Program Fees

Maryland Homeschool Groups: Grades Pre–K to 12:
$15 per student per day

Out-of-State Homeschool Groups: Grades Pre–K to 6:
$32.95 per student per day

Out-of-State Homeschool Groups: Grades 7 to 12:
$38.95 per student per day

Chaperone Fees

Each reservation includes one free adult chaperone admission for each group of up to five students. Additional chaperones are welcome at $27.95 per person (Aquarium admission only).

Inclement Weather Policy

Homeschool programs will be conducted as scheduled unless either the National Aquarium or Baltimore City Public Schools are closed. If for any reason the program is cancelled, the National Aquarium will do its best to reschedule the program for March. In the event the program cannot be rescheduled, all participants will receive a refund.

Schedule

September 14-16, 2021 | Natural History Timeline: Join the National Aquarium for the September 2021 Homeschool Days program. Students and their families can learn about ancient ancestors and living fossils through a self-guided tour of the National Aquarium with a learning passport in hand. Families will have the opportunity to visit hands-on discovery stations that focus on diverse groups of animals that appear along various points in Earth's natural history timeline.

January 4-6, 2022 | Colors of Life: Join the National Aquarium for the January 2022 Homeschool Days program. Students and their families can learn about the importance of color in the animal kingdom through a self-guided tour of the National Aquarium with a learning passport in hand. Families will have the opportunity to visit hands-on discovery stations that focus on animals that use color to hunt, hide, dazzle and display.

Monthly programs are held three Thursdays each month from October to February for students in kindergarten through grade 8.

Students must be at least 5 years old to participate in the K-2 homeschool series class.

The monthly homeschool program is a drop-off class. Students will be dropped off at one of the Aquarium classrooms for their hour-long session. Homeschool teachers are asked to wait outside the classroom or explore the Aquarium at their leisure during the class time.

Grades K-2 (Ages 5-7): 11 am to 12 pm
Grades 3-5 (Ages 8-10): 1 to 2 pm
Grades 6-8 (Ages 11+): 3 to 4 pm

Program Fees

Maryland Homeschool Groups: Grades K to 8:
$18 per student per program

Out-of-State Homeschool Groups: Grades K to 5:
$35.95 per student per program

Out-of-State Homeschool Groups: Grades 6 to 8:
$41.95 per student per program

Chaperone Fees

Each reservation includes one free adult chaperone admission for each group of up to five students. Additional chaperones are welcome at $27.95 per person (Aquarium admission only).

Inclement Weather Policy

Homeschool programs will be conducted as scheduled unless either the National Aquarium or Baltimore City Public Schools are closed. If for any reason the program is cancelled, the National Aquarium will do its best to reschedule the program for March. In the event the program cannot be rescheduled, all participants will receive a refund.

Schedule

October 7, 14 and 21, 2021 | A Jelly's Journey: Join the National Aquarium for the first installment in the 2021-22 homeschool series "Changes" monthly program. For this month's offering, students will learn about the strange and remarkable life cycles of jellies. Students will receive a presentation about jellies and complete an activity that investigates the extreme physical changes a jelly undergoes during its life.

November 4, 11 and 18, 2021 | Crab Counterfeits: Join the National Aquarium for the second installment in the 2021-22 homeschool series "Changes" monthly program. For this month's offering, students will distinguish between true crabs and the many animals that impersonate them by name or appearance. Students will receive a presentation about crabs and crab-like species and complete an activity that explores how these arthropods have changed over time.

December 2, 9 and 16, 2021 | Wildlife in Winter: Join the National Aquarium for the third installment in the 2021-22 homeschool series "Changes" monthly program. For this month's offering, students will learn about how wildlife in Baltimore prepares for changing seasons. Students will receive a presentation about local wildlife and complete an activity that demonstrates how scientists observe wildlife and monitor change in nature.

January 13, 20 and 27, 2022 | Corals in Peril: Join the National Aquarium for the fourth installment in the 2021-22 homeschool series "Changes" monthly program. For this month's offering, students will learn about the environmental changes that cause coral reefs around the world to struggle. Students will receive a presentation about the National Aquarium's coral research and participate in an activity that discusses possible ways to combat climate change and help save coral.

February 3, 10 and 17, 2022 | Spellbinding Cephalopods: Join the National Aquarium for the fifth and final installment in the 2021-22 homeschool series "Changes" monthly program. For this month's offering, students will explore the magical methods that cephalopods like octopuses and cuttlefish use to change their appearances to survive. Students will receive a presentation about cephalopods and participate in an activity that offers a window into the lives of these remarkable creatures.

Professional Development

National Aquarium professional development workshops provide instructors from pre-K through grade 12 with the knowledge, curriculum resources 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 (CPD) credits. These workshops are designed to be affordable; registration is required.

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ocean Exploration Professional Development Mini-Series

Educators working with students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join NOAA Ocean Exploration's Education Team and the National Aquarium in a live online professional development workshop and follow-up event exploring the fascinating phenomenon of bioluminescence in deep-sea organisms.

Registered educators will begin participation by independently viewing a short video prior to participating in a 90-minute online event on October 28 featuring an interactive Q&A session with a bioluminescence expert and a demonstration of relevant educational activities and resources. Participants will then enjoy a 90-minute follow-up event hosted by the National Aquarium on November 11 which will provide them with the opportunity to cooperatively discuss content shared during the October 28 event and explore additional resources.

Registration is required and space is limited. Educators will receive links to specific activities and additional resources, a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation, Aquarium admission for the November 11 event and a $75 stipend at the completion of all three program components.

This program is provided via collaboration between NOAA Ocean Exploration and the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography's Inner Space Center, with support from the Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

Register for NOAA: Bioluminescence

Date: October 28, 2021
Time: 4:30 to 6 pm
Max Participants: 30
Cost: Free
Registration Deadline: October 21, 2021

Engage in multidisciplinary 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 one MSDE CPD credit.

To initiate a National Aquarium professional development workshop reservation request, please contact our reservation specialists at reserve@aqua.org or 410-576-3833. Due to exceptionally heavy request volume, we suggest that you begin your reservation request via email and allow several days for a response from our team. Hold times may be significant. All requests will be processed in the order they are received, and your patience is appreciated.

Date: Saturday, November 13, 2021
Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm
Cost: $15 per person; includes Aquarium admission and refreshments (lunch is not included)
Registration Deadline: November 6, 2021

Engage in hands-on, interdisciplinary 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 one MSDE CPD credit.

To initiate a National Aquarium professional development workshop reservation request, please contact our reservation specialists at reserve@aqua.org or 410-576-3833. Due to exceptionally heavy request volume, we suggest that you begin your reservation request via email and allow several days for a response from our team. Hold times may be significant. All requests will be processed in the order they are received, and your patience is appreciated.

Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022
Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm
Cost: $15 per person; includes Aquarium admission and refreshments (lunch is not included)
Registration Deadline: February 12, 2022

Investigate environmental education concepts through activities from the Project Learning Tree Activity Guide. Project Learning Tree is an award-winning, multidisciplinary curriculum for educators of students in grades pre-K through 8. Workshop participants in receive a copy of the Project Learning Tree Environmental Education Activity Guide. Participants may be eligible to receive one MSDE CPD credit.

To initiate a National Aquarium professional development workshop reservation request, please contact our reservation specialists at reserve@aqua.org or 410-576-3833. Due to exceptionally heavy request volume, we suggest that you begin your reservation request via email and allow several days for a response from our team. Hold times may be significant. All requests will be processed in the order they are received, and your patience is appreciated.

Date: Saturday, April 2, 2022
Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm
Cost: $20 per person; includes Aquarium admission and refreshments (lunch is not included)
Registration Deadline: March 26, 2022

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 for college, careers in STEAM fields and a world that is waiting for their insight!

Henry Hall Fellowship

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Henry Hall Summer Scholars

Youth Exhibit Guide Program

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