"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

Teachers & Groups

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Sand Tiger Shark Fun Fact

Look 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).

Whole School Partnerships

A field trip is an isolated annual event. A Whole School Partnership is sustainability in learning experiences.

In short, a Whole School Partnership represents a deep collaboration between The Maritime Aquarium and schools, wherein our educators work with every student multiple times over the academic year.

Through hands-on programs conducted at the Aquarium, at school, in the field and on our research vessel, we aim to bring classroom science to life. We've demonstrated, when implemented fully, the power of these partnerships to substantially and immediately close the science learning achievement gap. Programs are developed according to the Next Generation Science Standards and tailored to meet the schools' specific goals. There also are interdisciplinary components in the Aquarium-developed curriculum, including Math, Literacy, and Social Studies.

pdfCase Study 2011

Current Whole School Partners

• Brookside Elementary School, Norwalk, CT
Partner since 2009 serving students in grades K-5

• Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School, Bridgeport, CT
Partner since 2012 serving students in grades K-8 from Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Shelton, Monroe, Milford, Stratford and Trumbull

• Jefferson Science Magnet School, Norwalk, CT
Partner since 2006, serving students in grades K-5

• Lordship Elementary School, Stratford, CT
Partner since 2013, serving students in grades K-6

• Maritime Odyssey Preschool, Norwalk, CT
Partner since 2006, serving toddlers to preschool

• Six to Six Magnet School, Bridgeport, CT
Partner since 2008, serving students in grades PK-8 from Bridgeport, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull

To learn more, please contact the Education Department at Education@maritimeaquarium.org