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Shedd Aquarium's Education Access Program supports students and educators

The 2022-2023 school year Education Access Program is available to 4th and 5th grade classrooms for our selected partner schools. It includes:

A screenshot showing an informational page from a dolphin digital activity book.
  • An interactive digital notebook for each student
  • Teacher lesson plans including:
    • a guide for initial Shedd virtual connection
    • a lesson plan for a educator-facilitated sound wave activity
    • a guide for the Shedd virtual field trip
    • lesson plan for educator-facilitated extension activity
  • Free, self-guided field trip to Shedd Aquarium including reimbursable bus funding
A screenshot of a digital workbook showing a soundwave activity.
  • Two virtual or one virtual and one on-site connection with Shedd Aquarium
    • an initial Shedd virtual connection
    • a virtual or onsite field trip with Shedd (bus reimbursement included)
  • Materials for two teacher-facilitated lessons
    • a sound wave lesson
    • a Great Lakes conservation extension lesson

All materials are Google Classroom/Slides-compatible. These virtual lessons are held via Zoom.

For more information on this program, please contact [email protected].


“As an extension of our mission, engaging partnerships like this connect young learners across Chicago to animals, foster a deeper appreciation for nature and explore their personal role and connection to the natural world”

Lisa Junkin Lopez, vice president of learning and community at Shedd

These student and teacher programs were funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.