From feeling the skin of a sturgeon to watching penguins fly underwater, your students can spark their interest in science and the natural world at Shedd Aquarium. Plan a how your students will look nature in the eye, download curriculum guides, or take your students live from behind the scenes at Shedd—without leaving your classroom!
Virtual student field trips
Some of the richest learning experiences start by looking nature in the eye. With Shedd, you and your students can make discoveries where science, technology, critical thinking and peer learning meet—both synchronously and asynchronously. Expand your curriculum with enhanced learning programs exploring animal behavior, habitats, adaptations, ecosystems, anatomy and water chemistry.
Curricula & lesson plans
While you and your students may not be able to visit Shedd as a group, you can adapt our post-visit exhibit and trip lesson plans to fit the needs of your classroom.
Learn from Shedd educators from the comfort of your home virtually! Receive a highly interactive and collaborative training, rooted in NGSS, on topics such as aquatic science and informal teaching practices. Illinois educators can receive ISBE clock hours.
Discover a wealth of online learning resources
Spark your students’ interest in science and the natural world. You can take your students behind the scenes at Shedd—without leaving your classroom! Educators can also discover fun activities and standards-aligned curricula exploring animal rescues and underwater beauty.
Educators from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin can receive a complimentary Shedd ticket by registering online. This offer is not valid during special events or for admission to the 4-D Experience.
Education Access Program
This program provides interactive, digital curriculum resources that fully support multiple classroom engagements with Shedd educators. It includes materials and guides for teachers to continue learning by facilitating other lessons with their classroom. All components align with Chicago Public Schools Amplify Science curriculum and Next Generation Science Standards.