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 on-site 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.
Due to an abundance of caution, not at this time. However, we are committed to providing you and your students with educational and engaging learning experiences that bring you eye to eye with animals at Shedd Aquarium and their remarkable underwater biology and aquatic biodiversity. Find those resources and programs on our Classroom & Pod Digital Resources page. Lessons and resources are both synchronous and asynchronous to fit your needs.
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 virtual field trip 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 virtual field trip start times and payment process. If you have registered for a virtual field trip, a Shedd staff member will contact you to confirm these details.
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 purchasing a pass online here. Please note: While teachers are admitted free, their guests will be required to pay the full admission price.
At Shedd Aquarium, we believe there should be no boundaries to guests' experiences. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability or other need related to your experience please let us know via phone or email: 312-692-3333 or [email protected].
Field trip resources
Connect your classroom with Shedd’s Wild Reef, Amazon Rising and Rivers exhibits with our NGSS-aligned guides.
Discover how beauty helps animals thrive—and makes the underwater world diverse—with our online interactive.
Virtual Field Trips
Can’t come to Shedd? That doesn’t stop you from going behind the scenes with penguins, sharks and Shedd caregivers!