Students learning about their local ecosystem at Baltimore's inner harbor.


Key Issue

Scientific Research and STEM Education

In line with our mission, the National Aquarium is committed to:

  • Engaging our guests, members and the local community in science education
  • Providing students with opportunities to engage in citizen science on our campus and in their own backyards
  • Conducting and supporting research that’s relevant to the well-being of the animals in our care, wild populations, their habitats and ocean and human health
  • Communicating advances in ocean science with our digital community

We care about this issue because:

  • We cannot inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures without science and public confidence in scientific fact.
  • Compared to the rest of the world, the United States finished 20th in science and 27th in math in 2015.
  • We believe diversity of backgrounds, thoughts and opinions are critical to scientific progress and the continued development of inclusive climate change solutions.

We contribute to scientific research and STEM education by:

  • Engaging over 100,000 students and teachers in education programs every year
  • Partnering with researchers and conservation organizations across the globe on studies related to our animals, exhibits and conservation priorities.
  • Offering multiple after-school and summer programs for Baltimore-area students to learn about marine science and STEM career opportunities
  • Working closely with the Enoch Pratt Free Library to bring the Read to Reef Book Club to branches across Baltimore. In the first year of Read to Reef, local children read close to 24,000 aquatic books!

Updated April 18, 2017