AquaPartners is a standards-based, cross-curricular Chesapeake Bay program for fourth- and fifth-grade students, open to any public or private school within one hour’s travel time from the National Aquarium, Baltimore.
The AquaPartners program features in-school large group programs, hands-on lab investigations, field experiences in local ecosystems, and teacher professional development. All activities and materials are correlated with the Maryland State Voluntary Curriculum.
- Interactive theater programs and hands-on science laboratories for all the fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms
- Field study trips to Fort McHenry (fourth grade) and Sandy Point State Park (fifth grade)
- Professional development for fourth- and fifth-grade teachers each summer
- Complete set of pre- and post-activities for each phase of the program
- Invitation to a special Family Night at the National Aquarium, Baltimore
AquaPartners allows students to significantly increase their knowledge about the Chesapeake Bay and develop or improve environmental stewardship attitudes, and teachers to increase content knowledge in science and increase their confidence on teaching science in the classroom. The program also helps schools meet Maryland Green Schools Award criteria and align with state environmental literacy goals.
To inquire about the cost of the AquaPartners program, please contact the Aquarium’s Education department at 410-576-8799 or e-mail David Christopher.
AquaPartners schools can apply for a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust to cover some costs of the program. The Aquarium will provide grant-writing training, but funding is not guaranteed.
The cost of the program includes:
- For fourth grade: The Waterman Auditorium Presentation (1 hour per class) and Discovery Lab (1 hour per class), Trash in a Marsh Lab (1 hour per class) at your school, plus the field trip to Fort McHenry Field Station (full day)
- For fifth grade: The Oyster Reef Auditorium Presentation (1 hour per class) and Discovery Lab (1 hour per class), Chesapeake Bay Explorations Lab (1 hour per class) at your school, Aquarium admission to Family Night for students and their families, plus the field trip to Sandy Point State Park (full day)
- For teachers: Stipends, snacks, resource materials, and registration for the five-day Summer Institute
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