The New England Aquarium is committed to providing interactive and informative programming for home-schooled students. Thank you for choosing us for your next home-school field trip.

Home-School Field Trip Days

On Mondays between September 12, 2016, and December 26, 2016, the New England Aquarium invites home-school families to visit with special pricing. Home-school families can buy tickets in advance or at the Box Office at the school rate of admission: $11.95 for children and $18.95 for adults.

When you make your reservation at least one business day in advance via telephone, you will receive one free chaperone ticket per home-school family. Daily Aquarium programming opportunities are scheduled throughout the day for students to explore such as Live Animal Presentations, Seal Training Sessions, and Giant Ocean Tank Talks. Please check the daily schedule for times.

Make a Reservation

To book your tickets, please call Central Reservations at 617-973-5206. A $2.00 service fee will be added to all reservations. 

Contact groupsales@neaq.org for more information.

 

Home-School Programming

Tidepools, marine mammals, sharks, and penguins will come alive during the Fall 2016 Home-School Programs at the New England Aquarium!

On Mondays, October 17, 2016, November 21, 2016, and December 19, 2016, the New England Aquarium invites families that home-school their children to visit and experience special programming. Each Home-School Program includes a visit to the Aquarium, a hands-on experimental class, an informative educational session with an Aquarium staff member, and an opportunity to view a film of your choice at the Simons IMAX Theatre.

Home-School Programming Schedule

  1. October 17, 2016: Ethology

    Ethology – The Study of Animal Behavior
    Marine Mammals

    Explore marine mammals, inside and out! Aquarium educators will guide students as they explore bio-facts (bones, pelts, and teeth) from marine mammals – from seals to whales. Group learning, close observation, and scientific discussion will open the world of marine mammals.

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
    Meet a Marine Mammal Trainer – Kim Cummings, Sr. Mammal Trainer

    12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. 
    Marine Mammals Grades K–2

    1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
    Marine Mammals Grades 3–5

    2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    Marine Mammals Grades 6–12

  2. November 21, 2016: Zoology

    Zoology – The Study of Animal Life
    Sharks!

    Let your students learn about these top predators by examining an inflatable shark and exploring hands-on activities that reveal how they survive in the maritime environment. This program was created with support from National Grid.

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
    Meet a Shark Researcher – Ryan Knotec, Research Technician

    12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
    Sharks Grades K–2

    1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
    Sharks Grades 3–5

    2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    Sharks Grades 6–12

  3. December 19, 2016: Ethology

    Ethology – The Study of Animal Behavior
    Penguins

    Turn your students into penguins! Aquarium educators will teach children how to act like penguins and how to collect and analyze data like scientists. In addition to learning about penguin behavior, students will discover the variety of penguin species found at the New England Aquarium and throughout the Southern Hemisphere. This program was developed in collaboration with TERC to fulfill National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards.

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Penguins Around the World – Jo Blasi, Manager of Visitor Experience

    12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. 
    Penguin Data Grades K–2

    1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
    Penguin Data Grades 3–5

    2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    Penguin Data Grades 6–12

  4. Pricing

    Individual Programs

    Each Home-School Program includes a visit to the Aquarium, a hands-on experimental class, an informative educational session with an Aquarium staff member, and an opportunity to view a film of your choice at the Simons IMAX Theatre.

    Single program: $29.95 per child participant; $22.95 per adult participant

    Chaperone (1 chaperone ticket per household): No charge

    Member single program: $26.95 per child participant; $19.95 per adult participant

    Member chaperone (1 chaperone ticket per household): No charge

    Full Series Pricing

    Includes admission to the offerings of each Home-School Program scheduled for October 17, November 21, and December 19. Please note that the first session on September 19 has already occurred, and for the informative educational sections priority is given to child participants.

    Series program participant: $100 per child

    Member series program participant: $90 per child

Lunch

Lunch vouchers are available for the Harbor View Café for $10.00 plus tax per person. Lunch vouchers include an entrée choice of any salad or sandwich, chicken nuggets and fries, any pizza, or any burger, plus a drink choice of soda, milk, or chocolate milk, and a dessert choice of either a cookie, a brownie, or a piece of fruit. Lunch vouchers must be requested in advance. A programming break has been scheduled between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Home-School Programming days for students to socialize while eating lunch.

Parking

We are happy to offer a discounted parking rate of $26.00 for the Boston Harbor Garage on Mondays, September 19, October 17, November 21, and December 19 for home-school families. Discounted parking must be purchased in advance via telephone by the Thursday prior to your visit by calling 617-973-5206. This discounted parking rate is not available after the Thursday prior to your visit or in person.

Make a Reservation

To book your tickets, please call Central Reservations at 617-973-5206. A $2.00 service fee will be added to all reservations.

Activities for Home Schoolers

Below, find activities to help you explore the Aquarium more deeply. These activities encourage content learning and improve science skills as well as support math and literacy development. You can choose to focus on Ecology, Ethology, or Zoology, or focus on the skills practiced. Pick and choose a focus area to guide your own experience through the Aquarium. Aquarium educators will be on hand to help you work on these investigations. Each activity includes a list of recommended materials to bring with you. A pencil and clipboard are always recommended.

Skills

Observation

Data and
Measurement

Communication and
Literacy

Ecology

(study of ecosystems)

Tank Expert

Adaptation & Survival

Visit the Giant Ocean Tank (GOT)

Touch Tank Comparison

GOT Census & GOT Fishes Guide

Touch Tank Comparison
PIPA Blog
Divers Blog
Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland*

Ethology
(study of
animal behavior)

Follow One Animal

Seal Studies

Watch a Harbor Seal or
Fur Seal Training Session

Penguin Observations

Seal Behavior

Secret Animal
Training Vocabulary
Training Blog
Humpback whales 3D*

Zoology
(study of animal life)

New England Adaptations
Animal Adaptations guide 

Visit the Sea Turtle Hospital

Jelly Observations

Life Drawing

Fish mouths 
Bony Fish (Bony Fish Guide, GOT Fishes Guide)
Rescue Blog
Great White Shark 3D*

*Get at-home extensions for our IMAX movies.