The New England Aquarium is excited to offer students interested in marine-related careers a FREE program to explore the many options in this field. Each program features presentations and activities from current staff members or other external partners to show the wide range of careers available. The programs will also feature ways to become an ocean steward in careers outside of the marine field.


Program Details

All programs are free and open to any students with generous support given by the Lowell Institute.

  • 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.
  • This is a program designed for individual students, school groups, scouts or youth groups.
  • Individuals who are over 13 may register themselves. Younger students may have a parent register for them. Look for the link under each program date to register.
  • Snacks are provided at no cost.


Upcoming Programs

Green Engineering Careers

Wednesday, March 25
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Harborside Learning Lab – Ocean Center

Nature is one of the greatest sources of human inspiration. Some of the most important engineering advancements in the last century have come about by developing design principles that mimic the form and function of natural elements, including animals! In this program you will learn about how the ocean has inspired engineers to incorporate natural design into their work and the interesting pathways that exist for youth interested in pursuing careers in engineering. Click here to register.

Working with Animals Series: Manta Rays in Mexico

Wednesday, April 15
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Simons IMAX Theatre

Join us for a special lecture in our Aquarium Lecture Series featuring Josh Stewart, associate director at the Manta Trust and 2014 Marine Conservation Action Fund Grantee. Manta rays are one of the most charismatic marine species on the planet and a top attraction for dive and snorkel tourism. Learn more about these amazing creatures and the path to a career in this field. Reception to follow. Click here to register.

Climate and Teens

Thursday, April 16
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Harborside Learning Lab – Ocean Center

The impacts of climate change are already being felt right here in New England and Boston is home to many climate leaders who are helping to pave the way to a more sustainable future. Meet some of the leaders in the local climate movement who have made a career out of educating others about the impacts of climate change. Learn all the effects climate change is having on the ocean and what you can do to help support a healthy planet. Click here to register.

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


Previous Programs

Giant Ocean Tank: Where Do the Fish Come From?

Meet the Aquarium staff who are responsible for collecting for these exhibits and what it takes to house and care for such unique marine life. You will also learn about how climate change is impacting the ocean and causing many of these warm water species to linger in New England waters.

Working with Sharks and Rays in the Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank

Interesting things happen in the Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank. Attendees learned more about this special exhibit and how to start a career as an aquarist with these interesting animals. We visited the Touch Tank exhibit with staff guides, which will be followed by a presentation.

Working with an Endangered Species: Protecting the Atlantic and Shortnose Sturgeon

Come meet Edith Carson, who started at the Aquarium as a young teen and continued to pursue her passion for marine science all the way to a contractor position with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service in Gloucester.

Turning animal care into a career: Raising zebrafish as learning tools

Interested in animal husbandry? Come meet Shaun O’Laughlin whose love of fish led to a career where he is in charge of raising, feeding, breeding and basic care of zebrafish as well as keeping a working science lab clean and disease- free. Shaun is enthusiastic about his work and looking forward to answering your questions.


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