We've taken a few educational boat trips over the years but yours was by far the best all-around experience. The highlight had to be the breadth of sea life we pulled up and got a chance to investigate, interact with and, of course, learn about."
– Rockland County, NY, camp director
Students will be guided through the Aquarium's permanent galleries to gain an increased awareness of the plants, animals and habitats of Long Island Sound. NOTE: In October, April, May and June, tours are available only at 9 a.m. and after 1 p.m. Also, because of the time needed to give you a great and complete tour, the Aquarium's Touch Tank is not included during tours. Please plan to enjoy the Touch Tank before or after your tour.
Standards: CT: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7; NY: all; NJ: 1, 2, 5, 9.
By observing and touching a variety of live intertidal animals, students learn about these creatures’ different structures and behaviors. Activities focus on how these animals meet their basic needs for oxygen, food, water, shelter and space.
Standards: CT: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 10; NY: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7; NJ: 1, 2, 4, 5, 9.
By observing live animals and handling artifacts, students learn about the different stages that animals grow through, from birth to adult. Students are exposed to such vocabulary as egg, larva, adult and metamorphosis. Plus, they measure and sequence live animals and artifacts as they learn about growth during the various life cycles.
Standards: CT: 1, 2, 5, 6, 10; NY: 1, 2, 3, 4; NJ: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9.
Sea Turtle Life Cycle
After hearing a story about the life cycle of a loggerhead sea turtle, students play a counting game that teaches about the needs of turtles and demonstrates how and why few survive from hatchling to adult. Students look for special structures and behaviors that help sea turtles meet their basic needs, and discuss ways they can help protect these ancient creatures.
Standards: CT: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 10; NY: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7; NJ: 1, 2, 4, 5, 9.
Whales and Dolphins
Is a dolphin a whale? How do scientists group whales? How are you like a whale? Students observe and describe similarities and differences, measure themselves against a life-sized whale puzzle, learn about conservation issues and participate in activities that demonstrate whale and dolphin adaptations.
Standards: CT: 1, 4, 5, 6, 10; NY: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7; NJ: 1, 2, 4, 5, 9.
Visit to the Seashore
Students get out to the water’s edge for the excitement of being “in the field.” They’ll use their senses – plus some scientific sampling techniques – during a discovery tour looking for – and learning about – living and non-living things at the sandy shore, rocky shore and tidal marsh habitats. Explore a Long Island Sound shoreline near The Maritime Aquarium or at your local beach. (School must supply beach entry pass, if necessary.) 2 hours.
Standards: CT: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10; NY: all; NJ: all.