Open 9 am - 6 pm
Invasive bighead carp have long, fat bodies and can grow to lengths of up to four feet.
A guest engagement volunteer engages with a family including a little girl who is interested in the long-nosed gar in the habitat they've stopped at.

Key Concepts: 

Food chains, energy, invasive species


Data collection and analysis, modeling, predicting


  • NGSS: 5-LS2-1, 5-ESS3-1
  • Amplify Connections: 5 – Ecosystem Disturbance and Restoration


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
  • 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; and, participants may get wet.
  • 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