"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!

Please choose from one of the following Donation Opportunities:

Annual Fund

The Maritime Aquarium operates 24/7, with advanced life-support systems and dedicated personnel who care for each and every one of our 1,200+ animals. In addition to supporting operations, the Annual Fund ensures that there is always something new to learn, do or see. It provides for exhibit maintenance and development, as well as for educational experiences for over 130,000 teachers and students from the tri-state area. It is essentially the most flexible support that we receive.

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The Red Apple Fund for Student Enrichment

Since 1988, the Red Apple for Student Enrichment has brought science to life for more than 1.3 million students of all ages and backgrounds from across the region. The centerpiece of the Aquarium's commitment to marine science and environmental education, the Red Apple Fund is the educational outreach and financial assitance program for students and teachers, impacting 130,000 schoolchildren, 40% of whom are from underserved districts.

The Fund provides scholarships for 27,500+ students and their teachers for participation in marine science and environmental education sessions.

• Supports development of 25 standards and inquiry-based programs
• Provides out-of-school field ecology experiences to students and teachers
• Provides after-school science enrichment programs
• Support the talented educators who deliver these programs
• Upgrade in-house classroom technology
• Purchase scientific equipment and supplies

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Children's Opportunity Fund

There are plenty of children who have not seen a shark, lobster or crab, have never stepped foot on a boat or even visited an Aquarium. The Children's Opportunity Fund provides "family" visits to youth (under 18) who, due to personal circumstances, may not normally have access to the Aquarium.

Among the beneficiaries are agencies providing assistance to "at risk" youth and children with special needs. In the past, 25 Connecticut organizations were chosen to particpate as beneficiaries of the Fund, including the New Haven Boys and Girls Club, Special Olympics of Connecticut in Hamden, ConnectKids in Hartford, and Kids in Crisis in Cos Cob. Thousands of deserving children throughout Connecticut have benefited to date.

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To contribute to one of these funds, please email ghalloran@maritimeaquarium.org