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. 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 2016 Workshops

NOAA ship

Exploring the Deep Ocean with NOAA

This workshop has been filled. For additional information, or to be placed on the waitlist, please contact us at

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016
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 facilitators 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. (PDF 266kB)


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 30, 2016. 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.