Let the Aquarium come to you! Our Traveling Education outreach programs are available for your classroom, school assembly or even a special school event for students, families and friends. Students learn about local marine life and habitats, practice science skills and are encouraged to develop a stronger science identity. Each program is designed to reinforce grade-specific science topics and to provide a hands-on component to classroom learning.

Below, you’ll find programs for all ages grouped by subject—tidepools, whales, penguins, sharks, squid, engineering and more! Each is a strong fit for the Massachusetts curriculum standards. Unless otherwise marked, prices are as follows:

  • $500 for up to three sessions and $100 per additional session
  • Fall Discount (for some programs) September 1 – December 31: $400 for up to three sessions and $100 per additional session
  • Travel fees ($1 per mile each way) and a $5 booking fee will apply.

Call Central Reservations to reserve your program today at 617-973-5206.

Program Topics

Kids touching tidepool animals
Tidepools

Book a tidepool program to engage students of all grade levels in ocean science. These hands-on programs can provide sensory exploration for toddlers, deepen the context for elementary students learning about habitats and adaptations or challenge high school students to examine topics such as ecology and intertidal zonation. All tidepool programs include live tidepool animals.

  1. 15 months – 3 years

    Tidepool for Tots

    Session time: 20–30 mins.
    Students per session: up to 20

    This program for children ages 15 months through 3 years allows toddlers to explore the textures, shapes and movements of different live tidepool animals.

  2. PreK — Grade 1

    Tidepools Alive!

    Session time: 45 mins.
    Students per session: up to 30

    Using guided imagery, a child-size costume and live animals, students will explore and interact with local tidepool animals while learning basic biology and anatomy.

  3. Grade levels: 1–3

    Tidepool Habitats

    Session time: 45 mins.
    Students per session: up to 30

    Students learn about and investigate touch tanks that represent New England’s three coastal habitats. Students are encouraged to compare and contrast the habitats as well as observe the types of animals that are found in each one.

  4. Grade levels: 3–6

    Tidepools Adaptations

    Session time: 45 mins.
    Students per session: up to 30

    Students discover how coastal animals have adapted to life in their environments by examining three different shoreline habitats and interacting with the animals that live there.

  5. Grade levels: 6–12

    Intertidal Ecology

    Session time: 45 mins.
    Students per session: up to 30

    Students explore cornerstones of ecological theory through interactions with intertidal live organisms and math. Focusing on student involvement, this program helps students gain understanding on topics such as niche theory, intertidal zonation and animal identification.

kids observe the brain of animal at school event
Whale Day
Exhibit Program!

Grade levels: 1–8
Students per session: Up to 60

Cost:

  • January 1–August 31:  $875 for up to four sessions and $150 per additional session
  • September 1–December 31: $825 for up to four sessions and $150 per additional session

Using interactive exhibits, students learn about the intelligence and biology of marine mammals, as well as how researchers study them. Kids get the answers to all of their questions about marine mammals and get involved with the activities. The program’s showstopper is a life-sized inflatable right whale. This program takes place in any large meeting area such as a cafeteria or auditorium.

Kids learning about three species of penguins
Penguin Data

Grade levels: 1–5
Session time: 45 mins.
Students per session: up to 30
Cost includes up to three sessions, add more sessions for an additional fee.

Turn your students into penguins! Aquarium educators will teach children how to act like penguins and how to collect and analyze data like scientists. Inaddition to learning about penguin behavior, students will discover the variety of penguin species found at the New England Aquarium and throughout the Southern Hemisphere. Live penguins stay at the Aquarium!

This program was developed in collaboration with TERC to fulfill National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards. 

Kids learning about sharks
Sharks

Grade levels: 3–6
Students per session: up to 30
Cost includes up to three sessions, add more sessions for an additional fee.

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.

Boy drawing out a plan to test a solution for erosion
Engineering and Erosion

Grade levels: 3–8
Session time: 45 mins.
Students per session: up to 30
Cost includes up to three sessions, add more sessions for an additional fee.

Our new Coastal Engineering Outreach Program challenges students to address the issues of local coastal erosion through the engineering design process, with an emphasis on communication and collaboration. Students work as teams employing engineering design to plan, test and present their solutions to limit the erosion of sand from their own section of simulated sandy coastline. Created with support from National Grid.

Students dissecting a squid
Squid Anatomy

Grade levels: 5–12
Students per session: up to 30
Cost includes up to three sessions, add more sessions for an additional fee.

Through hands-on exploration of a real squid, students receive an introduction to dissection skills while learning to appreciate one of the most fascinating animals in the ocean.

A girl learning about water properties
Water Properties

Grade levels: 2–5
Students per session: up to 30
Cost includes up to three sessions, add more sessions for an additional fee.

Using inquiry-based learning, students discover the fascinating properties of water and how they relate to the world’s oceans.

kids standing around touch tank
Open House-Style Programs

Grade levels: All ages
Students per session: Varies
Cost: $500 for up to 3 hours, plus booking and mileage fees, $650 for 3–5 hours. The Fall Discount does not apply.

Book an open house program as an event activity to enrich and engage learners of all ages. These programs are a great addition to your next science fair, family night, or other open house event! Topics include engineering and erosion, whales, tidepools (includes live animals), and fishing. 

A class of students tidepooling
Ocean Program Series

Grade levels: K–8
Students per session: up to 15
Cost: $150 each for six or more classes

Enhance your after-school curriculums by having an Aquarium educator guide students through ocean exploration for six to eight weeks. We will work with you to choose from a selection of topics covering marine animals, habitats and conservation.

kids field experiences
Field Experiences

Grade levels: 1–12
Session time: 2 hours
Students per session: up to 60
Cost: $600 and additional times/days can be added for an additional $200 per experience

Explore New England’s animal and plant life with Aquarium experts. Each field experience includes a pre-visit in the classroom where we will introduce the ecosystem and a post-visit wrap up to emphasize the major learning goals. Hone science and literacy skills with journals, scientific tools and processes.

Habitats

Salt Marsh — adaptation and food webs
Sandy Beach — adaptations, land forms and classification
Rocky Coast — adaptation, measurement and data
Freshwater Pond — watershed, ecosystem and food webs

 

Field Trip Resources

Planning a field trip to the Aquarium? The Aquarium also offers programs to enhance your experience, including squid dissection and water quality examination. Get a full list of our on-site Explorer programs for students.

Contact Information

To get more information or to book a program, please call Central Reservations at 617-973-5206. If you would like more information on a specific program, please contact School programs via email at schooling@neaq.org or by phone at 617-226-2123 or 617-226-2147.