Youth Exhibit Guide Program

Science-Driven Summer Volunteer Opportunity

  • Duration

    Long Term

  • Grades

    10 - 12

  • Price

    $40 materials fee (if accepted)

  • Where

    Main Aquarium Campus


The National Aquarium Youth Exhibit Guide Program gives local high school students the opportunity to spend a summer volunteering at the Aquarium, working with our staff in our exhibits, sharing in the Aquarium's unique mission and magic.

This program will provide students with a realistic look at careers in marine biology, valuable work experience and an opportunity to connect with other students who share similar interests.


Applicants must:

  • Have successfully completed ninth grade by June 2022.
  • Be environmentally aware.
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in marine biology, environmental science and related fields.
  • Enjoy interacting with, talking to and assisting guests of all ages.

Accepted students must:

  • Commit to complete at least 85 volunteer hours during the program.
  • Be available to attend program orientation May 22, 2022.
  • Be available for training sessions the week of June 27 - July 1, 2022.
  • Participate in exhibit floor shifts July 5 - August 16, 2022.
  • Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before program orientation on May 22, 2022. Please reach out to for more information regarding this policy.

How To Apply

Applications for summer 2022 Youth Exhibit Guide season open on December 1, 2021, and close January 24, 2022. Interviews will be conducted February 26-27, 2022, and March 3-6, 2022. Students will be notified of selection during the week of March 7, 2022.

Sign up for Youth Program Alerts to receive notifications on when next year's application opens.

If accepted into the program, participants will be asked to provide a $40 fee for course registration and materials. Need-based scholarships are available to our Baltimore City neighbors.

Disclaimer: The Youth Programs team is closely monitoring COVID-19 numbers and reserves the right to modify program details according to staff and participant safety.


Volunteering at the Aquarium provides a unique learning opportunity and valuable work experience with a wide range of benefits. As a guide in the galleries, you will enjoy:

  • A realistic look at marine biology and STEAM careers.
  • An opportunity to fulfill your school's community service requirements.
  • A chance to meet new friends with shared interests.
  • An array of marine science training classes.
  • Social opportunities and activities.
  • Staff discounts and privileges.
  • A fun and unforgettable summer!

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