What Lives in the Harbor

Meaningful Watershed Education Experience

  • Duration

    Multiple Days

  • Grades

    6; Baltimore City Public Schools Only

  • Price

    Free for Baltimore City Public Schools Only

  • Where

    Main Aquarium Campus


The National Aquarium engages sixth-grade students from Baltimore City Public Schools in researching aquatic species that live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Students test water quality in the Inner Harbor outside the Aquarium to form hypotheses about what Chesapeake Bay animals live there; they then test their hypotheses by conducting an animal survey. After the investigation, students recommend community action projects to improve the local watershed.

In-person Professional Development—required for teachers enrolled in this program—provides a stipend of $52/hr. and CPD credits. If you are interested in signing up for this program, begin your registration by clicking the button below to gain access to the materials and reserve your school's field experience. You may contact us with any questions at learn@aqua.org.

Fostering Connection

What Lives in the Harbor acts to connect sixth graders with their local environment and communities. The hands-on experience drives home the importance of protecting watersheds and, with the help of college interns facilitating activities, brings generations together in conservation action.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice

The National Aquarium is dedicated to creating an environment that is inclusive, equitable and accessible to people from all backgrounds. We cannot successfully change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet without connecting with and appreciating the broad diversity of identities, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives that make our community unique.

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