The Aquarium caters to teachers from all backgrounds with an array of courses and workshops for professional development.

Pre-registration is required to attend the workshops outlined below. All workshops take place at the New England Aquarium unless otherwise noted. In addition to these scheduled workshops, the Aquarium works with teachers, schools, and districts to design custom in-service training, including one- or two-day workshops. The Aquarium also encourages teachers to attend science-themed events and conferences.

Summer 2017 Workshops

teachers working at tables


Climate Science for Educators

Date: Wednesday, August 2, and Thursday, August 3
For: Educators, grades 6 – 8 (others welcomed)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost : $120
Credit: 14 hours PDP

About the Course

During this workshop, we will examine the use and distribution of natural resources, model the effects that humans have on the climate, examine current natural disasters and predict effects of future disasters, and examine ways humans are developing solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change. Participants will gain content background in climate science as well as hands-on practice in inquiry-based activities that they may take back to the classroom, while adhering to the revised Mass. Science and Technology/Engineering and Next Generation Science Standards curriculum frameworks.


Deadline to register is July 24, 2017.

Fall 2017 Workshops

teachers in class at TRC

Full STEAM Ahead: Ocean Adventures

Educators are faced with limitations on time and resources and are often lacking knowledge of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) content and practices. Yet young children, curious and fascinated by the world around them, are natural explorers and scientists. Incorporating STEAM learning early on helps equip children with knowledge and process skills, such as observation and interpretation. The ocean, full of wonder and mystery, is the perfect way to engage and excite children in STEAM. Participants will gain the content knowledge and skills necessary to incorporate ocean science while addressing the Massachusetts Science and Technology Standards.

Join us on this three-part journey through our ocean! Sign up for one, two, or all three courses. 
  1. two sea stars lay in hand

    Full STEAM Ahead: Tidepools

    Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
    Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Location: New England Aquarium
    For: Educators, PreK to First grades
    Cost: $40

    Deadline to register October 6

    Register here
  2. Acroporids in PIPA

    Full STEAM Ahead: Coral Reef

    Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
    Time: 8:30 a.m. —12:30 p.m.
    Location: New England Aquarium
    For: Educators, PreK to First grades
    Cost: $40

    Deadline to register October 27

    Register here
  3. deep water coral

    Full STEAM Ahead: Deep Ocean

    Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
    Time: 8:30 am -12:30 pm
    Location: New England Aquarium
    For: Educators, PreK to First grades
    Cost: $40

    Deadline to register December 1

    Register here
Save when you register for all three courses at once! Deadline to register for full course is October 6.

Contact Us

Questions about our courses and workshops? Contact the Teacher Resource Center at or 617-973-6590.