The New England Aquarium is committed to providing interactive and informative programming for students in homeschool programs.

Please check out our offerings below and thank you for choosing us for your next homeschool field trip.


Homeschool Days

On Mondays between September 13 and December 20, 2021, the New England Aquarium invites homeschool families to take advantage of special pricing during a visit to the Aquarium.

RATES AND RESERVATIONS  
Homeschool families can buy tickets in advance or at the Aquarium’s Box Office at the MA school rate of admission ($10.00 for children enrolled in K-12 and $19.00 for adults). When you make your reservation at least one business day in advance via telephone, you are eligible to receive one free chaperone ticket per homeschool family.

Homeschool Field Trip days will be available to book on September 7, 2021. To book your tickets, please call Reservations at 617-973-5206.

Contact groupsales@neaq.org for more information.


Fall 2021 Homeschool Virtual Animal Encounters

Penguins, marine mammals, and Caribbean species come alive during the Fall 2021 Homeschool Virtual Animal Encounters at the New England Aquarium!

On Thursdays, September 16, 2021, October 21, 2021, November 18, 2021, and December 16, 2021, the New England Aquarium invites families who homeschool their children to attend and experience special virtual programming.

RATES AND RESERVATIONS 
Individual Program Session Pricing: $25.00 per family per session.
Member Program Session Pricing: $22.50 per family per session.

To book your tickets, please call Reservations at 617-973-5206.

penguin aquarist with phone and african penguins

September 16, 2021 at 11:00 am: Penguin Encounter

Learn what it takes to care for a colony of over 70 penguins! Our penguin experts will share some remarkable facts about penguins and the excellent care they receive, and how you can take action to protect these incredible animals.

Diver waves out of Giant Ocean tank

October 21, 2021 at 11:00 am: Giant Ocean Tank Encounter

Explore what it takes to care for the Aquarium’s largest exhibit! Go behind-the-scenes with an aquarist to meet the Caribbean species who live in this 200,000-gallon habitat, and the diving and other equipment we use to maintain it. We’ll also share what you can do to conserve delicate reef ecosystems around the world!

marine mammal trainer with ipad and fur seal

November 18, 2021 at 12:00 pm: Sea Lion or Fur Seal Encounter

Join our marine mammal trainers in the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center for a training session with a California sea lion or northern fur seal. Learn about how we train, why we train, and what you can do to protect the ocean environment for these amazing animals.

harbor seal with trainer

December 16, 2021 at 11:00 am: Harbor Seal Encounter

Engage with a marine mammal trainer as they conduct a training session with an Atlantic Harbor Seal, located outside on the Front Plaza. Learn about how we train, why we train, and what you can do to protect the ocean environment for these amazing animals.


Activities for Homeschoolers

Below, find activities to help you explore the Aquarium more deeply. These activities encourage content learning and improve science skills as well as support math and literacy development. You can choose to focus on ecology, ethology, or zoology, or focus on the skills practiced. Pick a focus area to guide your own experience through the Aquarium. Aquarium educators will be available to help you work on these investigations. Each activity includes a list of recommended materials to bring with you. A pencil and clipboard are always recommended.

  1. Aquarium Activities

    Topics and Skills

     

    Skills

    Observation

    Data and
    Measurement

    Communication and
    Literacy

    Ecology

    (study of ecosystems)

    Tank Expert

    Adaptation & Survival

    Dive Deeper

    Visit the Giant Ocean Tank (GOT)

    GOT Census & GOT Fishes Guide

    PIPA Blog
    Divers Blog

    Ethology
    (study of
    animal behavior)

    Follow One Animal

    Penguin Observations

    Seal Studies

    Penguin Distribution

    Seal Observations

    Shark Scientists Tools

    Secret Animal

    Training Vocabulary

    Training Blog

    Zoology

    (study of

    animal life)

    New England Adaptations
    Animal Adaptations guide 

     

    Shark Observation

    Life Drawing

    Fish mouths 
    Bony Fish (Bony Fish Guide, GOT Fishes Guide)
    Rescue Blog

    *Get at-home extensions for our Simons Theatre movies.

    *iNaturalist is a great free resource for identifying organisms you find in the field (you can even try your hand at helping others identify their finds!). Works on computer or mobile device.