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Shedd Aquarium Extends Day Camp Program for Chicago Public School Parents, Students in October

October 04, 2019

Young campers lean over to peer into a Great Lakes habitat.

WHAT: Shedd Aquarium is extending its educational programming for Chicago families as an additional opportunity for learning and discovery during the potential work stoppage at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) beginning Oct. 17. The aquarium’s program, Camp Shedd: School’s Out, is designed for annual CPS non-attendance days throughout the academic year, inviting students to spend a full day uncovering the world of aquatic life through hands-on activities, animal encounters and time exploring the aquarium.

Camp participants will have the opportunity to make scientific observations, learn about incredible animal adaptations, discover the diversity of aquatic life, and so much more. Whether they’re looking through a microscope or coming face-to-face with an animal at the aquarium, learners will walk away with a greater appreciation for nature.

During the complimentary aftercare, participants will have the option to read, create artwork, play games or participate in other free-choice activities.

WHENExtended programs are now available for registration with camps beginning Thursday, Oct. 17, and continuing for up to two weeks. Camp runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and free aftercare is provided from 3 to 5 p.m.

Camp Shedd: School’s Out will also run on previously scheduled CPS non-attendance calendar dates on Monday, Oct. 14; Friday, Nov. 8; Monday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and free aftercare is provided from 3 to 5 p.m.

WHO: Participants should be CPS students currently enrolled in grades K-5. Families may register their child or children for one or more days, and in the event of regular class resumption the pre-paid program fee registrations will be refunded. Registration fee is $100 per participant/per day ($90/member).

WHERE: Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Ill.

PHOTOS: High resolution visuals of Shedd Aquarium’s learning programs is available for download:

Photo Credit: ©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez