The Aquarium is currently open to the public. In response to COVID-19, we’ve made some essential changes to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Education

National Aquarium education programs provide students from the Baltimore-area and beyond with hands-on 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 in our award-winning building, in their schools, their communities and in the real world. 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

A visit to the Aquarium is your students' passport to a world of wonder! We offer age-appropriate 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.

We provide teacher orientation and pre-and post-visit materials to help you make the most of all your field trip. Older students may also enjoy stand-alone experiences at our Animal Care and Rescue Center. Let us help you plan your visit!


Education Programs Bringing STEAM Concepts to Life

The National Aquarium’s expert education team brings the wonder of the aquatic world to life—at the Aquarium as part of your field trip, or at your school or community center--with a diverse array of programs for students from Pre-K through Grade 12!

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Field Trip Experience

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AquaPartners

Aquarium Careers: Animal Rescue

Aquatic Critters

Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Bountiful Biomes

Homeschool Programs

The National Aquarium welcomes homeschool families and groups to visit, explore and get hands-on with our world of aquatic treasures! Specially themed experiences and thoughtful programs for students of all ages make the Aquarium’s Homeschool Days the perfect complement to any science curriculum. Special group pricing is available for groups of 15 or more, so gather your homeschool community and register today!

Homeschool Days are held seasonally and are open to pre-K through high school-aged students. Each themed session is designed to be an enjoyable experience for the whole family and includes Aquarium admission so you can explore on your own after your scheduled program.

Our monthly homeschool programs are drop-off classes held three Mondays a month from October through February for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Students are dropped off at an Aquarium classroom for an hour-long session designed for their age group.

Professional Development

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.

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.

Getting Little Feet Wet is an early childhood education program that explores different aspects of water—from it's properties to sounds. Each activity offers both pre-K and K-2 options and is correlated to respective educational standards. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive the Getting Little Feet Wet Curriculum Guide.

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Maximum Participants: 30
Cost: $10 registration fee, which will be refunded upon completion of the workshop
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Educators are invited to join the National Aquarium and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) staff to learn more about the importance of ocean exploration, current exploration technologies and recent deep-sea discoveries.

This full-day professional development workshop will introduce standards-based, hands-on activities and other resources designed to guide classroom teaching and learning. Ocean health, unique underwater habitats, underwater mapping and remotely operated vehicles are just a few of the topics that will be addressed.

Educators will receive the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection "Volume 1: Why Do We Explore?" and "Volume 2: How Do We Explore?", additional resources, a NOAA ocean exploration certificate of participation, continental breakfast, lunch, admission to the National Aquarium and a $75 stipend.

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Maximum Participants: 30
Cost: $10 registration fee, which will be refunded upon completion of the workshop
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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 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 Credit.

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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 Credit.

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Engage in hands-on, inter-disciplinary activities focusing on wildlife, the environment and conservation 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 Credit.

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Maximum Participants: 20
Cost: $15 per person (includes Aquarium admission and refreshments)
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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 Credit.

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Maximum Participants: 20
Cost: $20 per person (includes Aquarium admission and refreshments. Lunch is not included.)
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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!

Henry Hall Fellowship

After School Work-Study Experience

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Henry Hall Summer Scholars

Youth Exhibit Guide Program

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