Annual Fund

Why your support matters at Shedd

Shedd’s Annual Fund supports the aquarium's daily operations and serves as an endorsement of our work and mission. Your gift funds mission-fulfilling work such as:

Animal Care

Shedd provides superior care to 32,000 animals 365 days a year. Animal care includes serving specially prepared meals to meet the natural nutritional needs of 1,500 species; monitoring water quality around the clock; and providing on-site wellness and critical care in our state-of-the-art veterinary hospital and lab. Learn more about our animals and care programs.

Education and Learning

Engaging schoolchildren in our classrooms, sharing close encounters in the exhibits and providing life-changing field experiences are just a few ways in which the Shedd team inspires scientific exploration in learners of all ages. At Shedd, we believe that learning changes how you think, what you feel and what you do to protect aquatic life for future generations. Explore all of our learning experiences.

Community Access

Each year, we welcome first responders, educators, military personnel and 136,349 schoolchildren free of charge. We are proud to partner with community organizations throughout the state and city to provide affordable access, support charitable causes and educate residents through neighborhood outreach, creating opportunities for everyone to make connections to the living world and be inspired to make a difference.

Conservation and Research

Shedd is recognized as a trailblazer in the field of conservation and research. Through innovative field research, public awareness campaigns, restoration projects, beach cleanups and conversations with local and global policymakers, Shedd works to protect animals and ecosystems in the Great Lakes and in regions worldwide. 

Donate now

Support our initiatives in animal care, education, community access and conservation. Donate now.

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