Open 9 am - 6 pm
A hermit crab crouches in its large spiraled shell.
A boy sits next to a leopard shark in the Kelp Forest exhibit at Shedd as it rests against the sandy floor of its habitat next to the glass.

Key Concepts: 

Biomimicry, structure and function


Defining engineering problems, designing solutions, observing the natural world


  • NGSS: 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2
  • Amplify Connections: 3 – Environments and Survival


Program includes: 

  • Moving and standing for up to 1 hour
  • Sitting on the floor for activities; chairs and tables are available
  • Moving around the aquarium, which has varying light, noise and temperature levels
  • Students may experience an animal encounter with a turtle or tortoise.
  • Facilitators will be using portable voice amplification
  • Viewing a tablet screen with videos/images and the use of headphones.

We believe there should be no boundaries to your Shedd Aquarium experience. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, please contact us at [email protected] or 312-939-2438. We look forward to assisting you.

Field Trip FAQs


$95 per program

Class Size

Up to 30 students


50 minutes


Shedd Aquarium