Homeschool Programs

Outreach Programs

Bring the fun of hands-on learning to your school with a National Aquarium traveling outreach program. These programs offer close contact with Aquarium animals and artifacts, and an opportunity for personal interaction with Aquarium experts while supporting the Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum.

Traveling outreach programs are available November 4, 2019, through April 3, 2020.

Reservations for the 2019–20 school year may be made beginning June 19, 2019, at 9 am.

Fees vary by program. Please refer to the specific program descriptions below for more information. Depending on your distance from the Aquarium, travel fees of $25 to $100 may be applicable.

Classroom Programs

Preschool and Kindergarten

Slither, Slide, Creep and Crawl: Ocean Animal Exploration

A box of props comes alive as students investigate how sea animals move, eat and protect themselves. Students will also get an up-close look at some live ocean animals. Curriculum 1A, 3A

Program length: 30–45 minutes
Days offered: Monday–Friday
Live animal: Yes
Maximum number of students: 25
Cost: $190 for first program; $100 for each additional program on the same day

Two Legs, Four Legs, Six Legs, More!

Animals use their legs in many ways. Some crawl, while others hop. Students will mimic animal locomotion and practice counting skills using puppets and living animal interactions. Curriculum 1A, 3A

Program length: 30–45 minutes
Days offered: Monday–Friday
Live animal: Yes
Maximum number of students: 25
Cost: $190 for first program; $100 for each additional program on the same day

Grades 1–12

Bountiful Biomes

Investigate biomes all over the world, ranging from the distant rain forests and deserts to the forests found just outside the schoolyard. Discover how animals use adaptations to survive in these very different places. Curriculum 1A, 1B, 3A, 3F, 6B

Grades: 2–4
Program length: 60 minutes
Days offered: Monday–Friday
Live animal: Yes
Maximum number of students: 30
Cost: $190 for first program; $100 for each additional program on the same day

Chesapeake Bay Explorations

Oysters are indicators of the Chesapeake Bay's health. Test water samples, measure oysters and draw conclusions about the state of the Bay. Curriculum 1A, 1C, 2E, 3A, 3E, 3F, 6A, 6B

Grades: 4–8
Program length: 60 minutes
Days offered: Monday–Friday
Live animal: No
Maximum number of students: 30
Cost: $190 for first program; $100 for each additional program on the same day

Squid Dissection Lab

Investigate an unusual mollusk through discussion and dissection. Discover how the form and function of the squid's basic anatomy help this efficient predator survive in the ocean. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3D

Grades: 5–12
Program length: 60 minutes
Days offered: Monday–Friday
Live animal: No
Maximum number of students: 30
Cost: $190 for first program; $100 for each additional program on the same day

Auditorium Programs

Shark Presentation

Sharks are not the fearsome eating machines portrayed in movies. Explore these unique creatures and their amazing survival adaptations, while dispelling myths about these "monsters." Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3D, 3E, 3F, 6B

Grades: K–8
Program length: 60 minutes
Days offered: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Live animal: No
Maximum number of students: 300
Cost: $350 per program

Marine Mammals

What mammals live in the ocean? Find out what it takes to survive in the ocean as you discover this unusual and diverse group of mammals. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3D, 3F, 6B

Grades: 3–8
Program length: 60 minutes
Days offered: Monday–Friday
Live animal: No
Maximum number of students: 300
Cost: $350 per program

Rain Forest Presentation

Investigate plant and animal interactions and adaptations for survival in the South American rain forest. Discover the importance of this unique habitat, threats to its survival and how you can influence its future. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3D, 3E, 3F, 6A, 6B

Grades: K–8
Program length: 60 minutes
Days offered: Monday–Friday
Live animal: No
Maximum number of students: 300
Cost: $350 per program

Waterman Presentation

Explore the Chesapeake Bay through the experiences of a waterman. Costumes, artifacts and personal stories help students understand how the loss of habitat affects both animals and people. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3E, 3F, 6A, 6B

Grades: 3–8
Program length: 60 minutes
Days offered: Monday–Friday
Live animal: No
Maximum number of students: 300
Cost: $350 per program

Theme Days: Auditorium Presentations & Labs

Grades K–8

A theme day is a great way to give classes in multiple grades the opportunity to participate in an outreach program. Each theme day includes:

  • Two auditorium presentations
  • Ten interactive discovery sessions that allow students to explore the theme in depth and to investigate animals introduced in the auditorium presentation. The 20-minute sessions are identical, and each is limited to one class of up to 30 students to encourage optimal learning. Parent volunteers are required to assist with interactive discovery sessions.

Theme Day programs are available on Thursdays and Fridays and cost $790 per day. Additional discovery labs are $40 each, with a maximum of two additional labs. Half-day and extra lab days are available upon request.

Ocean Theme Days

Shark Presentation

Sharks are not the fearsome eating machines portrayed in movies. Explore these unique creatures and their amazing survival adaptations, while dispelling myths about these "monsters." Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3D, 3E, 3F, 6B

Grades: K–8

Marine Mammals

What mammals live in the ocean? Find out what it takes to survive in the ocean as you and your class discover this unusual and diverse group of mammals. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3D, 3F, 6B

Grades: 3–8

Discovery Lab

Students explore the ocean world by examining shark jaws, a whale vertebra, baleen, shells, living animals and much more. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3D, 3F, 6B

Chesapeake Bay Theme Days

Marshland Mystery Presentation

What animals can you find in the marsh, and what is happening to them? Investigate the animals of a marsh, how they live and the challenges they face. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3E, 3F, 6A, 6B

Grades: K–2

Waterman Presentation

Explore the Chesapeake Bay through the experiences of a waterman. Costumes, artifacts and personal stories help students understand how the loss of habitat affects both animals and people. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3E, 3F, 6A, 6B

Grades: 3–5

Discovery Lab

Examine the Chesapeake Bay through artifacts, basic science experiments and living animals. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3E, 3F, 6A, 6B

Rain Forest Theme Days

Rain Forest Presentation

Investigate plant and animal interactions and adaptations for survival in the South American rain forest. Discover the importance of this unique habitat, threats to its survival and how to influence its future. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3D, 3E, 3F, 6A, 6B

Grades: K–8

Discovery Lab

Students have up-close and personal experiences with living animals, rain forest products, artifacts from indigenous people and more. Curriculum 1A, 3A, 3D, 3E, 3F, 6A, 6B

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