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Teacher Workshops

National Aquarium teacher workshops provide instructors from pre-K through grade 12 with the knowledge, curriculum and inspiration needed to bring science to life in their classrooms. Workshops are scheduled at regular intervals throughout the year, and registration is required.

Read on for our current schedule, and contact us at 410-576-3833 with questions or to register.

Upcoming Dates

October 5, 2019: Growing Up Wild and Getting Little Feet WET

Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature, inviting them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive the Growing Up WILD curriculum book.

Getting Little Feet Wet is an early childhood education program that explores different aspects of water—from water properties to water sounds. Each activity offers both pre-K and K-2 options and is correlated to respective educational standards. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive the Getting Little Feet Wet Curriculum Guide.

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019

Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm

Maximum Participants: 20

Cost: $15 per person (includes Aquarium admission and refreshments.)

Registration Deadline: September 27, 2019

November 9, 2019: Exploring the Deep Ocean with NOAA

An essential component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) mission is to enhance ocean science literacy and understanding of why it is important to explore our little-known ocean world. Educators are invited to join NOAA OER staff to learn more about the importance of ocean exploration, current exploration technologies and recent deep-sea discoveries. This full-day professional development workshop will introduce standards-based, hands-on activities and other resources that guide classroom teaching and learning. Ocean health, unique underwater habitats, underwater mapping and remotely operated vehicles are just a few of the topics that will be addressed.

Educators will receive the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection "Volume 1: Why Do We Explore?" and "Volume 2: How Do We Explore?", additional resources, a NOAA ocean exploration certificate of participation, continental breakfast, lunch, admission to the National Aquarium and a $75 stipend.

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019

Time: 8 am to 4 pm

Maximum Participants: 30

Cost: $10 registration fee, which will be returned upon completion of the workshop (includes Aquarium admission, continental breakfast and lunch)

Registration Deadline: October 25, 2019

November 16, 2019: Project WET 2.0

Engage in multi-disciplinary activities that promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge and management of water resources. This workshop highlights the new Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 which contains revised and updated activities from the original Guide as well as many brand new activities. The workshop is appropriate for informal and formal educators of K-12 students. Participants receive a copy of the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0. Participants may be eligible to receive 1 MSDE Professional Development Credit.

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019

Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm

Maximum Participants: 20

Cost: $15 per person (includes Aquarium admission and refreshments. Lunch is not included.)

Registration Deadline: November 1, 2019

February 29, 2020: Project WILD

Engage in hands-on, inter-disciplinary activities focusing on wildlife, the environment and conservation. Activities are drawn from the popular Project WILD Curriculum and Activity Guide. This workshop is appropriate for informal and formal educators of K-12 students. Participants receive copies of both the Project WILD and WILD Aquatic Curriculum and Activity Guides. Participants may be eligible to receive 1 MSDE Professional Development Credit.

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020

Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm

Maximum Participants: 20

Cost: $15 per person (includes Aquarium admission and refreshments. Lunch is not included.)

Registration Deadline: February 14, 2020

April 18, 2020: Project Learning Tree

Investigate environmental education concepts through activities from the Project Learning Tree Activity Guide. Project Learning Tree is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary curriculum for educators of students in grades Pre-K through 8. Participants in this workshop receive a copy of the Project Learning Tree Environmental Education Activity Guide. Participants may be eligible to receive 1 MSDE Professional Development Credit.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020

Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm

Maximum Participants: 20

Cost: $20 per person (includes Aquarium admission and refreshments. Lunch is not included.)

Registration Deadline: April 10, 2020

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MSDE Professional Development Credit

Maryland teachers that complete three out of the following four teacher workshops at the National Aquarium or select other sites after October 23, 2012 may receive eligible to receive 1 MSDE Professional Development Credit.

Workshops include:

  • Project WET
  • Project WILD
  • Project Learning Tree
  • WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands

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