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.

Learn more about all of Shedd Aquarium’s teen programs using the links below or by attending a New Teen Orientation, where you’ll be introduced to Shedd staff, connect with amazing animals and see some of the hands-on opportunities available within our teen programs.

Teen Learning Lab

Teens are invited to use our Teen Learning Lab to make new friends, work on projects or programs and more! Our equipment is there for their use, and Shedd experts will be there as a resource!

Teen Work StudyIn the Teen Work-Study program, develop your communication skills and deepen your connection to Shedd’s animals and mission through a professional paid work experience.

High School Lake EcologyKayak to remote islands to camp in the wilderness and conduct science experiments in the field during our Teen Science Expedition: Apostle Islands.

High School Marine Biology

Snorkel in coral reefs, mangrove forests and seagrass beds with Shedd Aquarium instructors and local scientists during our Teen Science Expedition: The Bahamas.

Shedd Stewards

Become a Shedd Steward and team up with Chicago-area teens to monitor, maintain and improve local habitats. Participants can also earn service-learning hours.

 Club SheddDo 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.