This spring, the Aquarium will begin offering Weekend Workshops, which will cover an array of conservation education topics that can help you make the most of your membership and deepen your connection to the Aquarium and our mission of protecting the blue planet.

This intergenerational learning opportunity will allow you to learn with your family. Each event will  include information on the suggested ages of participants.

Pricing: $20 member ticket, $25 nonmember ticket (does not include admission to the Aquarium) 

Location: All weekend workshops begin and end in the Harborside Learning Lab at the New England Aquarium’s Ocean Center.

people looking through microscopes

May 3: Citizen Science

Two separate 1.5-hour sessions: 10-11:30 a.m. or 2-3:30 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to join ongoing research projects but didn’t know where to start? In Citizen Science, you will learn how to use the technology platform iNaturalist to observe local species and help with ongoing research projects from around the world. Focusing on making observations for the City Nature Challenge, this class is for participants age 5 and older and is designed to have adults, children, friends, and families learning alongside one another. No previous research or iNaturalist experience is necessary, but smart devices with the iNaturalist app already downloaded are recommended. This 1.5-hour program will take place outside of the Aquarium and tie in with Boston’s City Nature Challenge effort.  

iNaturalist is a free technology platform and citizen science project. It uses an online social network of naturalists, citizen scientists, and biologists and is built on the concept of mapping and sharing observations of biodiversity across the globe. You can register for iNaturalist on its website or from its mobile applications. Your pictures and observations of flora and fauna can be accessed by fellow citizens, scientists, and researchers to help further their research. The website is for registered users to discuss and confirm the identification of organisms. iNaturalist is a great tool to use when participating in the City Nature Challenge. In 2019, residents of 159 cities, for a total of 35,126 participants, collected 963,773 observations of more than 31,000 species! 

Ages: For ages 5 and older. All participating children must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. It is requested that one adult accompany every two children if the participants are under the age of 15. 

Questions? Please reach out to kids.ed@neaq.org 

Please check back regularly for information on future workshops.