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

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).



Pre-K & Kindergarten

Cost of each 45-minute program is $110 in addition to Aquarium admission. Discounts available for multiples of the same program held on successive hours in the same room: $100 for second; $90 for each additional. Activities are adjusted to be grade-appropriate.

“House for Hermit Crab”
Students follow along month by month as they listen to this classic book about a year in the life of a young hermit crab. They use their senses and sharpen observational and verbal skills as they share what they notice and ask questions. They handle some live animals from the story and look for similarities and differences in various crabs, including an invasive species. Program duration dependent on the students’ attention spans.
Standards: CT: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6; NY: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7; NJ: 1, 5.

Living vs. Non-Living
For kindergarten only. Through a guided discussion, students share their observations about the characteristics of living and once-living organisms, as well as non-living things. They compare and contrast two live animals of the same grouping.
Standards: CT: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6; NY: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7; NJ: 1, 5, 9.

Preschool Touch Tank
Count legs, look for eyes, note colors and shapes of a variety of live intertidal animals. Program duration dependent on students' attention spans.
Standards: CT: 1, 2, 6, 7; NY: 1, 3, 6, 7; NJ: 1, 5, 9.

For ages 4 & up only.  Members of the same group of animals can look and behave very differently. For example, herring and sharks are both fish, but have distinct differences in their size, color and habits. Activities include touching shark teeth, measuring themselves against a life-sized shark puzzle they assemble, and weighing out food for the Aquarium’s sharks. Standards: CT: 1, 4, 5, 6; NY: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7; NJ: 1, 2, 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 and 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 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.



The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound
and protect it for future generations. A vibrant and entertaining learning environment,
it achieves this goal through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

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