An unforgettable day of learning
From the feel of a sea star’s skin to a Q&A during a feeding dive in Caribbean Reef, a day at Shedd can bring classroom learning to life. Navigate the aquatic world of Shedd for an exciting and educational adventure.
Explore the programs
From being habitat designers to doing a squid dissection, your classroom can expand your curriculum with learning programs on animal behavior, habitats, adaptations, ecosystems, anatomy and water chemistry.
Illinois school groups visit free!
Groups from K-12 Illinois schools certified by the Illinois Board of Education, along with Illinois homeschools, will receive group admission plus the free (aquatic presentation subject to availability). A 4-D Experience can be added for a fee (subject to availability).
Planning your field trip
Getting ready for a great day at Shedd with your classroom? Watch our orientation video to see how to make the most of your visit! You can also explore our field trip FAQs and resources.
Request a reservation online using the link on the program’s specific information page. Then, a member of our team will contact you to confirm your requested dates.
We will try to schedule your trip and any learning programs for your first chosen date. If that date is not available, we schedule you for the next available date of your choice. You will receive a confirmation email informing you of the field trip and any program dates, start times and fees. If you have registered for a virtual field trip or learning program, a Shedd staff member will contact you to confirm these details.
Yes, by digital connection and in person! For K-8 classrooms, our Live from Behind the Scenesprogram lets your students interact with Shedd's animal care experts.
We require one chaperone for every 10 students, although one for every five is recommended. Teachers are counted in the chaperone-to-student ratio. Please note: There is an individual fee if your chaperones exceed a 1:5 ratio.
Yes! We encourage teachers to visit so that they can prepare for their field trips. Educators from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin can visit Shedd free by registering for a pass online. Please note: While teachers are admitted free, their guests will be required to pay the full admission price.
Field trip resources
Learn More, on the Virtual Student Field Trips page
Virtual Field Trips
Can’t come to Shedd? That doesn’t stop you from going behind the scenes with penguins, sharks and Shedd caregivers!