Teen Programs (Ages 15 to 18)

Test the waters of new interests or take a deeper dive into your passions with one (or more) of our programs, designed to help you explore animals and the aquatic world.

Teen Learning Lab

Teens are invited to use this space to make new friends, work on projects or programs, or conduct their own science experiments. Our equipment and technology are for their use, and Shedd experts will be there as a resource!

Teen Work-Study

Develop your communications skills and deepen your connection to Shedd’s animals and mission through a professional paid work experience.

High School Lake Ecology (HSLE)

Camp, kayak and canoe on North America’s largest freshwater lake. No experience necessary!

High School Marine Biology (HSMB)

Travel to the Bahamas aboard Shedd’s research vessel, the R/V Coral Reef II and experience the life of a marine science researcher firsthand.

Shedd Stewards

Team up with Chicago-area teens to monitor, maintain and improve local habitats. Participants can also earn service-learning hours.


Enjoy a day filled with adventure, where you’ll take in a 4-D Experience, go on a scavenger hunt and earn a “Shedd Aquarium Salute to Scouting” patch! Learn more>

Great Lakes Action Days

Join our Great Lakes Action Days or Adopt-a-Beach events, and give back to the wild places in your backyard. Learn more>

Club Shedd

Do you have what it takes to be in the club? Club Shedd provides teens with skill-building opportunities and workshops to help them develop solutions that could impact the aquarium.