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 11 and December 18, 2017, 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 $19.95 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

Home school field trip days will be available to book on August 1, 2017. At that time, please call Central Reservations at 617-973-5206 to book your tickets. A $2.00 service fee will be added to all reservations. 

Contact groupsales@neaq.org for more information.

 

Home-School Programming

Engineering, water science, turtles and more will come alive during the Fall 2017 Home-School Programs at the New England Aquarium!

On Mondays this fall, September 18, October 16, November 20, and December 18, 2017, 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, and an informative educational session with an Aquarium staff member.

Schedule

  1. September 18, 2017: Turtle Trek Programs

    Follow the life cycle of a sea turtle from hatchling to adulthood. What challenges do sea turtles face, and how do people work to help them?

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Sea Turtle Rescue with a Rescue and Rehab scientist

    12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Turtle Trek, Grades K–2

    1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Turtle Trek, Grades 3–5

    2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m: Turtle Trek, Grades 6–12

  2. October 16, 2017: Go Fish Programs

    Through interactive exhibits and games, students engage in the complex world of fisheries — biodiversity, fish identification, and the connection between the ocean and the dinner plate.

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 am: Fisheries with a Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life scientist

    12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Go Fish, Grades K–2

    1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Go Fish, Grades 3–5

    2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Go Fish, Grades 6–12

  3. November 20, 2017: Engineering & Erosion Programs

    Students work as teams employing engineering design to plan, test, and present their solutions to limit the erosion of sand from their simulated sandy coastline.

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Engineering with a mechanical systems operator

    12:00 p.m.– 12:45 p.m.: Engineering & Erosion, Grades K–2

    1:00 p.m.– 1:45 p.m.: Engineering & Erosion, Grades 3–5

    2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Engineering & Erosion, Grades 6–12

  4. December 18, 2017: Water Properties and Water Quality Programs

    Water Properties: Students run experiments to discover the physical properties of water and how they relate to the world’s oceans.

     H2O!: Using similar tests to the Aquarium’s Environmental Quality lab, and a good dose of logic, students test water samples from around the Aquarium.

    10:00 a.m.– 11:00 a.m.: Environmental Quality with an environmental quality scientist

    12:00 p.m.– 12:45 p.m.: Water Properties, Grades K–2

    1:00 p.m.– 1:45 p.m.: Water Properties, Grades 3–5

    2:00 p.m.– 2:45 p.m.: H20! Grades, 6–12

Pricing

Individual Programs

Each Home School Program includes a visit to the Aquarium, a hands-on experimental class, and an informative education session with an Aquarium staff member.

  • Single program: $25.95 per child participant; $19.95 per adult participant
  • Chaperone (1 chaperone ticket per child): No charge
  • Member single program: $22.95 per child participant; $17.95 per adult participant
  • Member chaperone (1 chaperone ticket per child): No charge
Full Series Pricing

Full Series Pricing Includes admission to the offerings of each Home School Program scheduled for September 18, October 16, November 20, and December 18. Please note that for the informative education sections priority is given to child participants.

  • Series program participant: $90 per child
  • Member series program participant: $80 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.

 

Make a Reservation

To book your tickets, please call Central Reservations at 617-973-5206 beginning on August 1, 2017. 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

Dive Deeper

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 Distribution

Seal Behavior

Shark Scientists Tools

Secret Animal

Training Vocabulary

Training Blog

Zoology
(study of animal life)

New England Adaptations
Animal Adaptations guide 

Jelly Observations

Shark Observation

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.