"Students know how to formulate critical questions and generalize from their findings. They are able to identify the big, essential questions about their learning. They know how to collaborate and cooperate with each other."

– 5th Grade Teacher


Support Fun Fact

Our trained and devoted volunteers give some 25,000 hours of their time each year to the Aquarium, helping to share the "WOW!" at such exhibits as the seals, Touch Tank and Shark & Ray Touch Pool. They’re great!

Cirque de la Mer gala

Thurs., April 20 at 6 p.m.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk presents its 18th annual Red Apple Awards on Thurs., April 20 during the elegant and creative “Cirque de la Mer” gala.

This annual fund-raising evening supports The Maritime Aquarium’s Red Apple Fund for Student Enrichment, which helps to make the Aquarium’s unique marine-science and environmental-education programs available to students and teachers in the tri-state area who otherwise may not be able to participate.

After a one-of-a-kind cocktail party in the Aquarium galleries, among the seals, sharks, sea turtles and other marine life, guests then enjoy a sit-down dinner and silent and live auctions “under the big top” specially erected outside the Aquarium’s main entrance.

The event includes the presentation of the annual Red Apple Awards, which honor companies, organizations and individuals who share The Maritime Aquarium’s concern for the natural world and environmental education.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is a non-profit 501(c)(3).  All gifts are tax deductible to the extent the law allows. A formal acknowledgement letter will be sent following the event.


Thank You to Our 2017 Gala Sponsors!

Harbor Seal Sponsors

 Angelfish Sponsors

Schuyler & Charlie Hinnant Wendy & Richard Hokin
Kit & Rob Rohn Iris & Earl Mix
Spinnaker Real Estate Partners Shipman & Goodwin LLP
Leonard M. Tannenbaum Foundation     Sustainable Growth Advisers, LP
Trafigura Trading LLC Steven Wise Associates LLC & Roe Co.
Audrey & Ken Weil  

Sea Turtle Sponsors

A. Pappajohn Company A.P. Construction Company
Carolyn & Morten Arntzen Bank of America
Bankwell The Blattman Family
Fairfield County Bank The Gibor Foundation
Daneen & Doug Grabe Genevieve & Steve Halloran
The Per and Astrid Heidenreich Family Foundation Hotel Zero Degrees, Norwalk & Danbury
John M. Glover Insurance Agency Carl Kuehner
Susan & Andy Mais Janet Martin & Chris Taylor
Kathy & Russ Mitchell Ian Murray & Jamie Roach
O&G Industries, Inc. PKF O'Connor Davies
Purdue Pharma LP Alice Morrison & David Radulski
The Rich Foundation Elora & David Sweedler
Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky, LLP Workforce Partners, LLC
XL Catlin  

Additional Supporters

 The Aiello Charitable Foundation GGP Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Banker & Banker Realty Ann & Frank Gilmartin People's United Insurance
Stacey & Bob Bewkes Cory Gubner Makiaris Media
 Agency Caldwell & Walsh Bill Hennessey
Tina Pray & Joe Lockridge Amanda & Rory Callahan Arnold Karp
Rick Redniss CBRE Group, Inc. KeyBank Real Estate Capital
Sharron & Ron Restivo Chubb Group Michele & John van der Kieft
James Ritman Ann & Peter Clark Courtney & Chris Krediet
RMS Companies Michael Cottle Steve Landis
Timothy Rorick Jake DeSantis M & T Bank
Lauren & Timothy Stisser Barbara & Jeff Erdmann Carol & Jim Marino
Triton Environmental, Inc. Forstone Capital Linda & Vince McMahon
Torey Walsh Jean & William Miller Webster Bank


Maritime Golf Classic

Aquar.Golf2016.14 copy 2Your birdies and eagles help connect schoolchildren with sharks and sea turtles when you participate in our annual golf fund-raiser.

Held each fall, proceeds from The Maritime Golf Classic support our efforts to help cash-strapped schools that need subsidies for Aquarium programs and for busing.

The Maritime Golf Classic includes carts, a barbecue lunch, refreshments, post-play hors d’oeuvres and dinner, a silent auction and other fantastic prizes.

Opportunities range from $10,000 as naming sponsor with two foursomes and two hole sponsorships to $1,000 as an individual player or $1,000 as a hole sponsor.

Date of the 2017 event is TBD.   Get more details at (203) 852-0700, ext. 2277.