Shedd's youth programs offer a variety of immersive learning experiences that will inspire you to make a difference. Take a look at what's coming up, and at what you can look forward to later this year.
What's coming up:
• Asleep with the Fishes Group Overnights
• Shedd Stewards
• Ocean Art Contest
What to look forward to:
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• Summer Worlds Tour
• Shedd Explorers: Summer Road Trip
• Shedd Spring Break Camp
Summer Worlds Tour
The Summer Worlds Tour summer camp is for children entering kindergarten through fourth grade in the fall of 2014. Campers will explore our solar system as an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium, discover the marvels of natural engineering through biomechanics at the Field Museum and become an aquatic scientist, making discoveries about animals and environments at Shedd Aquarium. Activities include investigating exhibits, creating original art projects, playing learning games and having lunch along the shoreline of Lake Michigan.
Session 1: July 7 – 11
Session 2: July 14 – 18
Session 3: July 21 – 25
Session 4: July 28 – Aug. 1
Each camp session runs Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$295 per person ($265 for Shedd, Field, or Adler members)
Please visit www.adlerplanetarium.org/camps to register online. Registrations will only be taken online and will begin on
February 3, 2014, at 10 a.m.
Join other 6th- through 12th-grade students in the Chicago area to explore local ecosystems while earning service learning hours! Spend a day outdoors monitoring, maintaining, and improving habitats so you, your community, and our native animals all have green spaces to enjoy. Past events have included invasive species removal stewardship activity followed by canoeing in the Skokie Lagoons.
Registration for this program is currently closed. Check back in December for the registration packet for the Spring semester of Shedd Stewards.
• Saturday, Sept. 21
• Monday, Oct. 14 (Columbus Day)
• Monday, Nov. 11 (Veteran’s Day)
• Saturday, Dec. 7
Program includes: lunch, snacks, and transportation to and from the field site
What to bring: optional lunch, water bottle and appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather
Service hours: Seven service learning hours for the day (only applicable for high school students)
Asleep with the Fishes Group Overnights
Grab your pajamas and sleeping bag, and join us for a nighttime aquatic adventure with your favorite Shedd animals. Before snuggling into your sleeping bag, immerse yourself in the underwater world with special experiences, games and hands-on activities. Rise with the sun, enjoy a continental breakfast and check out how your aquatic friends start the day. These programs are geared for young people ages 6 to 12.
Spring 2014 dates are now sold out!
Download the group overnights brochure (PDF) for more information and to register. Be sure to view the group overnight FAQ page.
Please review our refund and cancellation policy.
Shedd Spring Break Camp
Come back this winter for your chance to register.
Children ages 8-10 from the Chicago area spent the week learning how animals survive in their habitats. From investigating iguanas to tracking shark and stingray behaviors, these children never stopped learning on their spring break!
Shedd Explorers: Summer Road Trip (for middle-school students, ages 11-14)
Are you ready to explore the great outdoors? Join us this summer for a week of excitement and exploration. We’ll use the aquarium as our home base as we depart for a new adventure each day. Outdoor activities and environmental investigations will open up your minds as we travel to a new destination daily. The week will end with an overnight stay at the aquarium!
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Coastal America Partnership’s Ocean Art Contest
Help Protect and Preserve the World’s Ocean
Shedd is accepting submissions for the biennial 2013-2014 Coastal America Ocean Art Contest, now through Dec. 16, 2013. Sponsored by Coastal America, the contest encourages learning about “Ocean Literacy: the Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences” by receiving inspired original artwork and photography from people of all ages.
The winning art will become part of a traveling exhibit that will tour throughout North America, including Washington DC, from June 2014 through July 2015. Participants can enter in either the art or photography categories. Participants submit their entries in one of five age ranges: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and adults.
Artwork will be judged on visual impact, artistic merit and how clearly the work expresses an appreciation of one or more of the Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences:
1. The Earth has one big ocean with many features.
2. The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth.
3. The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate.
4. The ocean makes Earth habitable.
5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.
6. The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected.
7. The ocean is largely unexplored.
Send your hard copy submission to:
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Ocean Art Contest
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Submission Form - English (PDF)
Submission Form - Spanish (PDF)
Rules and Guidelines (PDF)
Ocean Art Contest Poster and Rules (PDF)
Visit the Coastal America blog for more information.