Open 9 am - 6 pm

What to expect

  • Students work in small groups using dissection tools to perform a guided fish necropsy
  • Students collect data on physical conditions of their fish using microscopes and other laboratory equipment
  • Teachers and chaperones may participate
  • Students analyze and discuss their data
Two teens dissect the stomach of a fish, looking to see what it's been eating.
A teen working on a fish dissection places a thin slice into a microscope to look at up close.


  • Next Generation Science Standards: HS-LS2-8
  • Common Core Standards: WHST.9-12.7, RST.1 1-12.7


Program includes:

  • Use of tools like scissors, forceps, tablets and microscopes
  • Work in small groups in which participants could have unique tasks based on their choice, needs, or preference
  • Use of stairs; elevators are available
  • Work taking place at standard tables with chairs provided
  • Moving short distances
  • The learning environment as part of this lesson may include the following sensory triggers: unusual noises, which may be loud, low, or moderate; changes in lighting; unusual smells; touch sensitivity due to the use of tight-fitting gloves; and potential that participants may get wet or dirty.

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


Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Class Size

Up to 30 students


90 minutes


$125 per program


This project was made possible in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.