Our youth programs engage and inspire the upcoming generation of learners. Take a look around! We've got programs to pique your curiosity now and throughout the year.
Bring your kids to an overnight adventure at Shedd, complete with games, snacks and tours of the aquarium.
Monitor, maintain and improve local habitats for you and others to enjoy. Participants can also earn service-learning hours.
In this free program, Shedd Aquarium comes to your local park or fieldhouse to provide neighborhood-based workshops. Learn more>
Join our Great Lakes Action Days or Adopt-a-Beach events, and give back to the wild places in your backyard. Learn more>
Forget taking a trip—you’ll have the world’s oceans at your fingertips right here! Meet Shedd’s animals and go behind the scenes, then travel offsite to learn about the exciting ecosystems in your own backyard.
Middle-school students, ages 11 to 14
Explore the great outdoors this summer as we venture to a different local habitat each day. This program ends with an overnight stay at Shedd.
K through grade 5
We teamed up with Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum to create an action-packed summer camp for your adventurer.
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>
Sleep over at the aquarium and learn more about our animals! Sign up here.
Get up close with Shedd's penguins! Touch their sleek feathers and take part in a training session.
Learn more about our new program, Shedd Kids Care, where kids help the aquarium with fun fundraising events.
Belong to something great. Support Shedd's animal care, conservation efforts and learning programs. Learn more about membership benefits.
Explore the natural world with programs just for adults, or share your love of learning with those closest to you in our family programs!