Each year, we are pleased to offer free admission to Massachusetts children in grades K-12 from schools that meet the criteria for financial need, which is determined by the percentage of students in the school who are eligible for the federal free or reduced lunch program.
Free to Learn field trips take place from September through February during the school day. Weekends, vacation periods and Fridays are unavailable, and other blackout dates may apply. As part of the program and to enhance the educational component of the visit, a teacher or representative from the school is required to attend a free two-hour field trip preparation workshop offered by the Aquarium’s Teacher Resource Center (TRC). The workshop includes a tour of the TRC and a curriculum-based guided tour of the Aquarium exhibits. Workshop participants will receive several standards-based educational activities to use before, during or after the field trip. If you have attended a workshop during the 2012-13 school year, you can recruit a colleague to come to this year’s workshop. If you have attended prior to 2012-13, you will be required to attend a workshop to be eligible to receive tickets.
After school programs and other community programs are not eligible for the Free to Learn Program. Free admission is offered to many children from Boston community-based organizations. For more information or to see if your organization is eligible, see our requirements and complete this community program application form.
Applications for the 2014–2015 school year will be accepted starting March 10.
Click here to apply online.
For questions or more information, please contact Tracy Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Teacher Resource Center at 617-973-6590.
Once you are accepted, you must follow the instructions in the step-by-step field trip guide to make a reservation for your visit.
Made possible by:
The Lowell Institute