Open 9 am - 5 pm
Young students observe a "sea monkey" living in a small glass habitat in Shedd's learning labs.
A red-footed tortoise opens its mouth wide to chow down on a mulberry.

Timing Policy

  • All reservation requests must be submitted at least 14 days before your scheduled program.
  • Programs are offered most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Labs run between 50 and 60 minutes.
  • Programs must be consecutive (no more than 30 minutes between programs and at least 15 minutes between programs to allow for clean-up and set-up).
  • Up to 4 programs can be scheduled in one day. If more programs are requested, please contact [email protected] to discuss options.
  • Start time and end time are flexible for all Learning Labs.

Teacher and Room Policy 

Our programs involve the transportation of many materials and sometimes perishable items. To reduce set up time, one consistent space/classroom is highly recommended for all sessions. At least one supervisory teacher must be present during the entire outreach program. Easy access to a sink is preferred, however not necessary for successful facilitation of these programs


This program includes:

  • Use of tools like scissors, forceps, tablets, and microscopes
  • Walking short distances
  • Work taking place at standard tables with chairs provided
  • 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 the use of tight-fitting gloves; and, 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.

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Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Class Size

Up to 30 students


50 to 60 minutes


$145 per program

this program is not currently available.