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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 investigated, interacted with and, of course, learn about."
– Rockland County, NY, camp director

Fun & Learning

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Sand Tiger Shark Fun Fact

Looks closely at the sand tiger sharks in the "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit. Their snout and jaws are covered in tiny holes. These are receptors for the sharks' "sixth sense" – their ability to detect bioelectric fields emitted by other animals (including potential prey).

 

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Click on the image at right for a pdf of our entire 2015-16 Educational Programs brochure.

 

Water Pollution (Grades 6-7)

Long Island Sound and its watershed provide a perfect opportunity to explore human impacts on aquatic ecosystems. Students share their knowledge about sources of pollution and then pollute a watershed model to demonstrate how pollutants travel and where they end up. They also discuss strategies for cleaning up the pollution that makes its way to the Sound, and identify ways everyone can contribute to that effort! One hour. Also available as a Traveling Teacher presentation at your school.

At Aquarium: $135 for first or simultaneous; $120 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Traveling Teacher at Your School: $185 for first or simultaneous; $135 for second & additional sequential. Add’l travel fees may apply.

Standards:
Grade 6:  Next Gen., ESS2.A, ESS3.A, ESS3.C, CSS2.A;  CT Science, 6.2, 6.4; Common Core, SL.4.1;  CT Core Scientific, C INQ: 1, 3, 8, 9, 10.
Grade 7:  Next Gen., ESS2.A, ESS3.A, ESS3.C, CSS2.A; CT Science, 7.3;  CT Core Scientific, C INQ: 1, 3, 8. 9. 10.

 

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What are the essential parts of the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems? How do they work together to accomplish the body’s essential functions? In these comparative-anatomy programs, students are guided in a focused fish dissection. They think not only about how these systems operate in fish, but compare them to their analogous systems in humans. Take each program separately, or combine them for a 90-minute lab. Fee charged for extra specimens.  All also are available as Traveling Teacher presentations at your school.

• Respiratory and Circulatory Systems  – 1 hour

At Aquarium: $145 for first or simultaneous; $130 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Traveling Teacher at Your School: $185 for first or simultaneous; $135 for second & additional sequential

• Digestive System – 45 minutes

At Aquarium: $145 for first or simultaneous; $130 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Traveling Teacher at Your School: $185 for first or simultaneous; $135 for second & additional sequential

• Respiratory, Circulatory, Digestive Systems – 90 minutes

At Aquarium: $225 for first or simultaneous; $200 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Traveling Teacher at Your School:  $265 for first or simultaneous; $200 for second & additional sequential

Standards:
Grades 6-8:  Next Gen., LS1.A, LS1.C; CT Science, 7.2; Common Core, RST.6-8.1, WHST.6-8.9, RI.6.7, W.6.9, W.7.9, W.8.9; CT Core Scientific, C INQ: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10.

 

Gallery Explorations (Grades 6-8)

In the company of an Aquarium educator, your students see The Maritime Aquarium as never before. These themed, guided tours use the motivating power of the Aquarium’s animals, along with observational strategies for middle-school students, to bring grade-appropriate life science topics alive. Choose one focus for your exploration. One hour each. Please note: from April through June, Gallery Explorations are offered only before 10 a.m. and after 1 p.m.  Pick from:

• Sound Ecosystems: Species & Food Chains of Long Island Sound

• Marine Conservation: Sea Turtles, Jellies and Fish

At Aquarium: $120 for first or simultaneous; $110 for second & additional sequential; in addition to Aquarium admission.

Neither is available as a Traveling Teacher program.

Standards:
Grades 6-8:  Next Gen., LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.C, LS4.D, ETS1.B; Common Core, SL.6.1, SSL.7.1, SL.8.1   CT Science, 6.2, 6.4.

 

Study Cruises for School/Scout/Camps (by charter): 

Cruises take place aboard The Maritime Aquarium's new R/V Spirit of the Sound, a 64-foot catamaran that is the country's only research vessel with hybrid-electric propulsion. She's bigger, greener and quieter than our previous boat.

• Undersea Ecosystems (Grades 6-8)

March-June and Sept.-Nov.:  9 a.m. & 1 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. weekends
July & August:  9 a.m. daily
cruise - middleFocus on examining the diets and interrelationships of Long Island Sound animals. Students utilize such sampling techniques as a plankton tow, biodredge, and trawl net that may bring up fish, crabs, squid, mollusks and more. A video-microscope (tied to a large flat-screen monitor) and a touch tank on board enhance observations. Cost for any cruise: $650 for up to 40 participants. Additional Aquarium admission is optional.
Standards:
Grades 6-8:  Next Gen., LS1.B, LS1.C, ESS2.C;  Common Core, L.6-8.1, 7.SP.A.1

NEW!  • Research Vessel Navigation  (Grades 5-8)

LIS-chartIn this new program bridging STEM and social studies, students experience the navigation tools of early and modern explorers.  Students are introduced to the R/V Spirit of the Sound's state-of-the-art navigation system. They use maps, charts drafting compasses and scale bars to understand the work of navigators, and then practice plotting their own course through Norwalk Harbor and its surroundings. Most exciting of all, students become real-life explorers as they take turns operating our Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), which traverses the sea floor while streaming video up to the vessel's large flat-screen monitor. Cost for any cruise: $650 for up to 40 participants.  Additional Aquarium admission is optional.

Standards:
Grade 5:  Common Core, SL5.1, SL5.2  
Grade 7:  Common Core, 7.G.A.1

 

Cruises can occur in rain, cold and wind, and are canceled only if conditions are dangerous. Please dress accordingly!

All observations made on study cruises are recorded. This data is part of an ongoing student-based research project called the Long Island Sound Biodiversity Study. Details ...

TEACHERS: ask about the pre-cruise activity guide when you make your reservation.  Need financial assistance? Download the Group Financial-aid Form and either email it or mail to: The Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854; or fax it to: (203) 852-8892.

Teachers in CT, NY, and NJ - Ride Free

Teachers and school administrators, if you have not experienced a Marine Life Study Cruise, we want you aboard! You and a companion can join us on a regularly scheduled public cruise at no charge. You can choose to ride now on our current trawler or try out our new hybrid-electric catamaran later this fall. Advance reservations are required. Qualified licensed educators presently teaching in CT, NY, or NJ, with proper school ID only please.  Call our Reservations Office: 203-852-0700, ext. 2206, Monday through Friday 9:30 - 4:30 to reserve your spot.

 

 
 
 

Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem
and the global environment through
living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

 

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