Thank you for your interest in a New England Aquarium traveling education program! We are at capacity for the 2019-2020 school year, and unfortunately cannot accommodate additional program bookings for this school year. Information about the 2020–2021 school year programming will be posted here in spring.

Let the Aquarium come to you!

Summer Classroom Programs

A great fit for childcare centers, camps, and libraries!

In our classroom-style programs, youth will learn about local marine life and habitats, practice science skills, and develop a stronger science identity. Each program is aligned with Massachusetts curriculum standards to reinforce grade-specific science topics with hands-on learning.

  • Program fee of $550 for up to three sessions and $100 per additional session. Most programs run as 45-minute sessions for up to 30 children per session. Toddler programming runs as 30-minute sessions for up to 20 children per session.
  • Travel fees ($1 per mile round trip) and a $5 booking fee will apply.
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  1. New! Beach STEM

    Grade levels: Toddlers (15 mo.-3 yrs.), Preschool/PreK (3-5 yrs.), K-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade

    Students per session:

    Toddlers – up to 20 per session
    All other age groups– up to 30 per session

    Session time:
    Toddlers – 30 minutes
    All other age groups – 45 minutes

    *Please note that we require 15 minute breaks between sessions

    Dive into summer with the New England Aquarium’s new Beach STEM traveling education program! Youth will learn about our local beach habitat and the animals that live there through exploration of hands-on activity stations. These age-appropriate activities will engage youth in the STEM skills and practices that will help them become future ocean problem-solvers while increasing their understanding and appreciation for our natural world.

    Please note that to ensure proper water temperature conditions for our animals during the warmest time of year, live animals will be included in this program only if the program is held in an indoor, air-conditioned space. If an adequate space is not available, an alternate activity station will be provided.

  2. Engineering and Erosion

    Grade levels: 2nd –8th grade
    Session time: 45 minutes
    (Please note that we require 15 minute breaks between sessions)
    Maximum 30 students per session

    This 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.

  3. Squid Anatomy

    Grade levels: 5th –12th grade
    Maximuim 30 students per session
    (Please note that we require 15 minute breaks between sessions)

    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. Students work in groups and follow along with an educator, examining the parts of the squid while learning about anatomy, classification, and adaptations.

Summer Open House Programs

An engaging addition to your event!

Open House programs can last anywhere from 2-5 hours. These programs run in a continuous, free-flowing format, and are a great fit as one of several activities for a Science Night, festival, or other large event. Our educators will set up at two long tables with hands-on activities for participants to engage with at their leisure.

  • Program fee of $550 for up to 3 hours/ $700 for 3-5 hours
  • Travel fees ($1 per mile each way) and a $5 booking fee will apply
kids participating in aquarium education classes

Beach STEM

Learn about our local beach habitat and the animals that live there through hands-on exploration and activities.

Please note that to ensure proper water temperature conditions for our animals during the warmest time of year, live animals will be included in this program only if the program is held in an indoor, air-conditioned space. If an adequate space is not available, an alternate activity station will be provided.

Engineering & Erosion

Design, build and test an engineering solution to limit erosion of a model sandy coastline.

Right Whales

Learn about the North Atlantic right whale, a local endangered species, including how New England Aquarium scientists study them and what we can do to protect them and the ocean they call home.

Contact Information

For more information, please complete a program inquiry form.

Note: Your program is not booked until you receive a confirmation and invoice from Student Programs staff. You can contact Student Programs by phone at 617-226-2123 or email at schooling@neaq.org.

Teacher Resource Center

If you are interested in learning supports for teaching ocean science in your classroom, the Aquarium’s Teacher Resource Center loans kits, books, DVDs, and biofacts free of charge for up to one month. We also offer a variety of field trip and curriculum supports. To learn more about the resources we offer, click here or contact us at trc@neaq.org.