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

Preregistration 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- and two-day workshops. The Aquarium also encourages teachers to attend science-themed events and conferences.

Fall 2019 Workshops

Full STEAM Ahead: Ocean Adventures

Join us on this three-part journey through our ocean! Sign up for one, two, or all three workshops.

These workshops provide prekindergarten to Grade 1 educators with content knowledge and skills necessary to incorporate ocean science while addressing the 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Each workshop will explore a different ocean theme through hands-on activities, demonstrations, and discussion of content and standards. The ocean is full of wonder and mystery, and the perfect way to engage and excite your students in STEAM.

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: New England Aquarium
For: Educators, prekindergarten to Grade 1
Cost: $40 per workshop ($100 for all three)
Credit: 12 PDPs for attending all three workshops

Deadline to register for the combination of all three workshops is Friday, October 11, 2019.

teachers participate in workshop Full STEAM Ahead: Ocean movements

Full STEAM Ahead: Ocean Movements

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019

Deadline to register is Friday, October 11, 2019.

Using a variety of hands-on activities, we will discover the ocean’s movements through currents, migration, and animal locomotion.


people looking at the Indo-Pacific coral reef habitat FSA Sights and Sounds

Full STEAM Ahead: Ocean Sights and Sounds

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019

Deadline to register is Friday, November 15, 2019.

Makeup Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 (In case of inclement weather, workshop will take place on makeup date.)

Discover how ocean animals use their hearing and sight underwater. Also learn how animals avoid detection from predators.

teachers participate in a workshop FSA Ocean and Us

Full STEAM Ahead: The Ocean and Us

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019

Deadline to register is Friday, November 29, 2019.

Makeup Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020 (In case of inclement weather, workshops will take place on makeup date.)

The ocean has a large influence on humans, even if you do not live on the coast. Find out how the ocean influences us, and how we influence the ocean. 

Winter 2020 Workshops

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Climate Science for Educators

Dates: Wednesday, February 19 – Thursday, February 20, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: New England Aquarium
For: Educators, grades 6-8 (others welcome)
Cost: $150
Credit: 14 hours PDP or one (1) graduate credit*

*Additional fee ($120) and coursework required to obtain graduate credit from Endicott College. Participants taking this course for PDPs will be required to complete homework assignments (1 pre-course and 2 assignments on Wednesday and Thursday evenings). Those taking the course for graduate credit will be required to complete homework assignments (1 pre-course and 2 assignments on Wednesday and Thursday evenings) and a final project. For more details on course requirements, please contact the Teacher Resource Center at or 617-973-6590.

Course Details

During this workshop, we will examine the use and distribution of natural resources, model the effects 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 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering and Next Generation Science Standards curriculum frameworks. Homework will be assigned for both PDP and graduate credit participants throughout the course.

Topic Agenda:

Day 1: Distribution and Use of Natural Resources
Day 2: Human Impacts on the Planet: modeling and predicting the effects of human activities on the Earth and natural hazards on individuals and society

Deadline to register is Friday, February 7, 2020.

Contact Us

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