Partners & Affiliations

Hive Chicago

Learning with Shedd is an active member of Hive Chicago, a network of civic and cultural institution dedicated to transforming the learning landscape by creating opportunities for youth to explore their interest through connected learning experiences.  

Hurvis Center for Learning Innovation at Lincoln Park Zoo

Shedd is working with the Hurvis Center to test the use of consumer technologies to help facilitate learning experiences in zoos and aquaria. 

Illinois Science & Technology Coalition

The Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI) is a STEM-focused nonprofit that provides programs and partnerships to connect companies with classrooms. ISTI supports schools and companies who want to impact the next generation of innovators, to build a stronger, more inclusive talent pipeline in Illinois. ISTI is a bridge between the classroom and the real world that facilitates collaboration between students and industry members. 


Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE)

Shedd hosts the MATE Midwest regional competition as a part of our Underwater Robotics program for middle and high school aged students. Regional winners are eligible to participate in the international competition.

National Louis University

Shedd Aquarium has partnered with National Louis University to bring students participating in the Great Lakes Badging experience an opportunity to earn one semester hour of graduate credit. To receive credit, students must complete their badging requirements during an NLU academic term. Please refer to NLU’s academic calendar for term start and end dates. Spring 2018: April 4, 2018 through June 6, 2018.  Tuition is $150 per semester hour. For more information, email National Louis at or call 888-658-8632.