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.

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.
okeanos explorer

Exploring the Deep Ocean with NOAA

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 
Location: New England Aquarium
For: Educators, grades 6–12
Cost: Free (plus a $75 stipend)
Credit: NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation (7 hours)

Course Details

An essential component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) mission is to enhance ocean science literacy and enhance understanding why it is important to explore our little-known ocean world. To help fulfill this mission, the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection was developed to encourage educators and their students to become engaged with expeditions and discoveries made by the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer—America’s first federal ship dedicated to ocean exploration.

Educators are invited to join NOAA OER facilitors to learn Why We Explore (Volume 1) and How We Explore (Volume 2) the deep ocean. Participants will learn about the importance of ocean exploration and the advanced technological capabilities of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer used to explore the deep ocean. This 7-hour professional development will introduce standards-based, hands-on activities, and online resources that guide classroom teaching and learning. Ocean health, sophisticated underwater mapping technologies, unique deep-sea ecosystems, remotely operated vehicles, and telepresence are just a few of the topics covered.

To view the workshop flyer, click here.


Registration is required and space is limited. Educators will receive the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection Volume 1: Why Do We Explore? and Volume 2: How Do We Explore?, additional resources and a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation. Continental breakfast, lunch, and a $75 stipend will be provided.

Deadline to register is September 29, 2017. To register please email the Teacher Resource Center at with your name, school, and grade level, and “NOAA Workshop” in the subject line.

Note: If you have previously participated in a “Why Do We Explore?” or “How Do We Explore?” professional development course, this offering will be redundant.

Contact Us

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