Celebrate Earth Day with Shedd Aquarium

This Earth Day, celebrate the aquatic world—and the importance of protecting it—with Shedd Aquarium! Head down to Shedd on April 22 to experience life from across our amazing planet. You can also join the movement to #SheddTheStraw to reduce your use of single-use plastic and help protect our waters and the animals that call them home. 

Earth Day Activities at Shedd Aquarium

Chicago SkylineRenowned Chicago-based chalk artist Shaun Hays will greet guests outdoors from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with ocean-inspired artwork.


Two kids at SheddShedd's Learning team will engage visitors with hands-on educational activities about plastic pollution, including trivia and games


Butterfly fishSupporters who pledge to #SheddTheStraw on Twitter and Instagram will be entered for a chance to win a pass for two for Jazzin’ at the Shedd as well as eco-friendly gear from our partners! 

#SheddTheStraw for Earth Day

See 3 reasons to #SheddTheStraw with our Earth Day infographic!

Want to know how you can help the planet this Earth Day? #SheddTheStraw to protect our waters and the animals that call them home!

A single plastic straw might not seem like much, but the 500 million straws Americans use every day add up to a big problem for our oceans, lakes and rivers. These single-use plastics never disappear—and they harm the animals that call our waters home.

You can help. Say no to single-use plastic straws and switch to reusable or biodegradable alternatives. Take the plastic pledge with Shedd—and share your commitment on social with #SheddTheStraw—to make a difference for the planet we all share.

Learn more about the problems—and solutions—for single-use plastics at Shedd’s blog.

Restaurant Collaborators

Thanks to these restaurants for agreeing to #SheddTheStraw for Earth Day!

How can you help?

Midas Cichlid
#SheddTheStraw to protect our waters and the animals that call them home!


Family on beach
Join a beach cleanup on an upcoming Shedd Great Lakes Action Day.


Sea Otter
Pledge to act with Shedd
 as a Sheddvocate!



Small frog in the palm of someone's hand
Visit Shedd
—and know you're supporting global conservation and care.

Earth Day Offers

  • Looking for an alternative to your plastic straw use? Valid now, Shedd is collaborating with glass straw company Strawesome to provide a special offer for Shedd supporters. Visit https://www.strawesome.com/ to receive 10% off your purchase of reusable glass straws, and 20% off your purchase will be generously donated back to Shedd Aquarium! Use the special code shedd17 at checkout to redeem this offer.
  • On Earth Day only, Strawesome will donate 40% from purchases when the code SHEDD is applied at check out!

#SheddTheStraw Giveaway

We’re giving away 10 sustainability swag kits to supporters who announce their pledge to #SheddTheStraw on Twitter and Instagram! Simply announce your commitment using that hashtag by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 to be entered for a chance to win. Our special prize packages will include a pass for two for Jazzin’ at the Shedd as well as eco-friendly gear from our partners.