Homeschool Programs

Outreach Programs

Bring the fun of hands-on learning to your school with a National Aquarium traveling outreach program. These programs offer personal attention and close contact with Aquarium animals and artifacts, and support the Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum.

Traveling outreach programs are available November 7, 2017 to April 13, 2018.

Reservations for the 2017-2018 school year will be accepted beginning June 14, 2017 at 9 am.

Outreach program fees vary. Please refer to the specific program descriptions below for more information. Depending on your distance from the Aquarium, you may be charged an additional travel fee of $20 to $100.


Classroom Programs

Pre-k and Kindergarten

Slither, Slide, Creep and Crawl: Ocean Animal Exploration
A box of props comes alive as students investigate how sea animals move, eat and protect themselves. Students will also get an up-close look at live ocean animals. Curriculum 1A, 3A. Grades: Pre-k and kindergarten

Grades: Pre-k and kindergarten
Program length: 30 to 45 minutes
Days offered: Monday - Friday
Live animal: Yes
Number of students: 25
Cost: $190 for first program; $100 for each additional program 


Two Legs, Four Legs, Six Legs, More!
Animals use their legs in many ways. Some crawl, while others hop. Students will mimic animal locomotion and practice counting skills, using puppets and live animal interactions. Curriculum 1A, 3A.

Program length: Pre-k and kindergarten
Program length: 30 to 45 minutes
Days offered: Monday - Friday
Live animal: Yes
Number of students: 25
Cost: $190 for first program; $100 for each additional program

Grades 1-12

Bountiful Biomes (Grades 2–4)
Investigate biomes all over the world, from the distant rain forests and deserts to the forests found just outside the schoolyard. Discover how animals use adaptations to survive in these very different places. Curriculum 1A, 1B, 3A, 3F, 6B.

Grades: 2 - 4
Program length: 60 minutes
Days offered: Monday – Friday
Live Animal: Yes
Number of students: 30
Cost: $190 for first program; $100 for each additional program


Chesapeake Bay Explorations (Grades 4 - 8)

Oysters are indicators of the Chesapeake Bay’s health. Test water samples, measure oysters and draw conclusions about the state of the Bay. Curriculum 1A, 1C, 2E, 3A, 3E, 3F, 6A, 6B.

Grades: 4 - 8
Program length: 60 minutes
Days offered: Monday - Friday
Live animal:No
Number of students: Up to 30
Cost: $190 for first program; $100 for each additional program


Amelia’s Journey: Marine Debris from the Bay to the Sea (Grades 6 - 8)
Join Amelia the American eel as she encounters marine debris on her journey from the Chesapeake Bay to the Sargasso Sea. Each situation presented provides an activity to illustrate issues and encourage creative solutions. Students will build crab pots with safety devices, simulate the impact of plastic trash on a salt marsh food web and design ways to remove microplastics from the ocean.

Grades: 6 - 8
Program length: 60 Minutes
Days offered: Monday - Friday
Live animal: No
Number of students: 30
Cost: $190 for first program; $100 for each additional program


Squid Dissection Lab (Grades 5 – 12)
Investigate an unusual mollusk through discussion and dissection. Discover how form and function of the squid’s basic anatomy help this efficient predator survive in the ocean. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3D.

Grades: 5 - 12
Program length: 60 minutes
Days offered: Monday to Friday
Live animal: No
Number of students: Up to 30
Cost: $190 for first program; $100 for each additional program


Auditorium Programs

Grades K-8


Shark Presentation (Grades K - 8)
Sharks are not the fearsome eating machines portrayed in movies. Learn more about these unique creatures and their amazing survival adaptations, while dispelling myths about these “monsters.” Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3D, 3E, 3F, 6B.

Grades: K - 8
Program length: 60 minutes
Days offered: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Live animal: No
Number of students: 300
Cost: $350 per program


Marine Mammals (Grades 3 - 8)
What mammals live in the ocean? Find out what it takes to survive in the ocean as you and your class discover this unusual and diverse group of mammals. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3D, 3F, 6B.

Grades : 3 -8
Program length: 60 minutes
Days offered: Monday - Friday
Live animal: No
Number of students: 300
Cost: $350 per program


Rain Forest Presentations (Grades K - 8)
Investigate plant and animal interactions and adaptations for survival in the South American rain forest. Discover the importance of this unique habitat, threats to its survival and how to influence its future. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3D, 3E, 3F, 6A, 6B.

Grades: K - 8
Program length: 60 minutes
Days offered: Monday - Friday
Live animal: No
Number of students: 300
Cost: $350 per program


Waterman Presentation (Grades 3 - 8)
Explore the Chesapeake Bay through the experiences of a waterman. Costumes, artifacts and personal stories help students understand how the loss of habitat affects both animals and people. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3E, 3F, 6A, 6B.

Grades: 3 - 8
Program length: 60 minutes
Days offered: Monday - Friday
Live animal: No
Number of students: 300
Cost: $350 per person


Theme Days: Auditorium Presentations and Labs

A theme day is a great way to give classes in multiple grade levels the opportunity to participate in an outreach program. Each theme day includes:

  • Two auditorium presentations.
  • Ten interactive discovery sessions that allow students to explore the theme in-depth and to investigate animals introduced in the auditorium presentation. The 20-minute sessions are identical and each is limited to one class—of up to 30 students—to encourage optimal learning. Parent volunteers are required to assist with interactive discovery sessions.

Theme day programs are available on Thursdays and Fridays and cost $790 per day. Additional discovery labs are $40 each, with a maximum of two additional labs. Half-day and extra lab days are available upon request.

Ocean Theme Day

Shark Presentation (Grades K - 8)

Sharks are not the fearsome eating machines portrayed in movies. Learn more about these unique creatures and their amazing survival adaptations, while dispelling myths about these “monsters.” Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3D, 3E, 3F, 6B.

Marine Mammals (Grades 3 - 8)

What mammals live in the ocean? Find out what it takes to survive in the ocean as you and your class discover this unusual and diverse group of mammals. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3D, 3F, 6B.

Discovery Lab

Students explore the ocean world by examining shark jaws, a whale vertebra, baleen, shells, living animals and much more. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3D, 3F, 6B.


Chesapeake Bay Theme Day

Marshland Mystery Presentation (Grades K - 2)

What animals can you find in the marsh, and what is happening to them? Investigate the animals of a marsh, how they live and the challenges they face. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3E, 3F, 6A, 6B.

Waterman Presentation (Grades 3 - 5)

Explore the Chesapeake Bay through the experiences of a waterman. Costumes, artifacts and personal stories help students understand how the loss of habitat affects both animals and people. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3E, 3F, 6A, 6B.

Discovery Lab

Examine the Chesapeake Bay through artifacts, basic science experiments and living animals. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3E, 3F, 6A, 6B.


Rain Forest Theme Day

Rain Forest Presentations (Grades K - 8)

Investigate plant and animal interactions and adaptations for survival in the South American rain forest. Discover the importance of this unique habitat, threats to its survival and how to influence its future. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3D, 3E, 3F, 6A, 6B.

Discovery Lab

Students have up-close-and-personal experiences with living animals, products from the rain forest, artifacts from indigenous people and more. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3D, 3E, 3F, 6A, 6B.

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