The New England Aquarium is excited to offer a career lecture series to local youth who are interested in a future marine-related career. These programs are free for teens ages 13 and older. They feature women and men in the marine science field who speak about their work in a series of presentations and activities. By introducing middle and high school students to professionals working within the science field, participants can start to see themselves in these same roles and understand what skills they will need to develop to enter these careers.

Each program provides students with ideas on possible career paths, activities designed to showcase aspects of various jobs and highlight opportunities at the New England Aquarium and other local organizations that can get participants started on the right path. All programs are free and open to any students with generous support given by the Lowell Foundation.
Participants will be able to tailor their experience to their own interests. Attend one lecture or all of them. Each program includes the chance to hear from Aquarium staff members on a particular skill or topic. Staff will be on hand for questions and discussion following the presentation. Snacks are provided at no cost.

This is a program designed for individual students, school groups, scouts or youth groups. Each person (over the age of 13) can register themselves or have a parent register for them. Look for the link under each program date to register.

Special Career Pathways Event: The Gills Club
Marianne Long, Shark Education Coordinator, Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

Saturday, April 12
10:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Harborside Learning Lab – New England Aquarium's Ocean Center

The Gills Club is a signature action project by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy dedicated to connecting girls with female marine biologists, sharing knowledge and empowering them to take leadership positions to inspire others with their passion for sharks. The Gills Club meeting will engage girls in activities centered around shark teeth and senses, as well as provide them with an opportunity to discover what it is like to be a shark biologist. The experiential learning activities will allow girls to identify shark teeth, compare their own senses to those of a shark, and create necklaces from real shark teeth. Pizza will be provided.

We hope to inspire young girls with words from our featured shark biologists, and empower them to make a difference in shark conservation efforts. It's time to get “Smart About Sharks!” An additional program will be added in the fall for boys, so keep a look out!

Click here to register.


Ocean Stewardship Showcase: Operation Blue Pride
Operation Blue Pride IMAX screening and panel

Thursday, April 24
7:00 PM
Simons IMAX Theatre — New England Aquarium

Our oceans are in serious trouble. Sharks are being killed by the millions each year, reefs are disappearing and overfishing is depleting life in our seas. What happens to our oceans, impacts everyone on the planet. While our oceans face difficulties, severely wounded American veterans now face lifelong challenges after coming home from combat. All face lives that are hard for many of us to even imagine. Now there is new hope for the ocean and for veterans—it's called Operation: Blue Pride. Operation: Blue Pride brings together three veterans, severely wounded in combat, on an inspirational mission to help save our oceans and in time - save us all.

See the movie trailer. Reception to follow.

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Working on a Boat: Explore a research vessel from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Wednesday, May 7
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Harborside Learning Lab – New England Aquarium's Ocean Center

Research boats, large and small, have helped scientists learn a great deal about our oceans, making sea going vessels an essential tool for any scientist. The boats carry an array of equipment and have to operate in an ever changing environment. Learn about what it’s like to live and work on a research vessel and about the unique career pathways taken by the captains and crews of these boats to land (ha!) in such a unique career. Pizza will be provided.

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Create your Ocean change message

Climateens, New England Aquarium
Brandon Strathmann, associate professor of animation, Lesley University

Saturday, June 7
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Harborside Learning Lab – New England Aquarium's Ocean Center

Using your communication skills is an important part of any job in the marine field. Join us for a presentation by the New England Aquarium’s Climateens, followed by an activity creating your own message about issues facing the ocean in preparation for World Oceans Day on Sunday, June 8. Illustrator and animator Brandon Strathmann will lead participants in creating storyboards around these topics. Snack will be provided.

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Don’t forget to check out our Aquarium Lecture Series for more great ideas about careers in the marine science field.

Previous Programs

Working with the Octopus on the Weekends
with Jackie Anderson, Senior Aquarist, New England Aquarium

Saturday, March 8
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
East India Room – New England Aquarium's Ocean Center

The giant Pacific octopus has always been one of the superstar exhibits here at the New England Aquarium. Hear from the staff that work with this interesting creature about their experience and some funny stories from behind the scenes.


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