Open 9 am - 5 pm

What to expect

  • Students work in groups using scientific tools to explore the Great Lakes.
  • Teachers and chaperones may participate.
  • Students use SMART technology and multimedia resources.
  • Students present their findings to each other.

Labs at Your School

Have Shedd Educators come to your school to facilitate a Learning Lab program. These programs are available three days a week: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays!
Read More , on the Labs at Your School page
Young students use a water sample from Lake Michigan to test for water quality.
Two boys compare the colored bands on a water quality stick treated with Great Lakes water against the key.


  • Next Generation Science Standards: MS-LS2-1
  • Common Core Standards: RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.9, SL.8.1, RST.11-12.7
  • Amplify Connections: 6 – Microbiome; 7 – Chemical Reactions;


Program includes:

  • Use of stairs; elevators and ramps are available
  • Work in small groups in which participants could have unique tasks based on their choice, needs, or preference
  • Moving and standing for up to 30 minutes
  • Work taking place at standard tables with chairs provided
  • 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; touch sensitivity due to the use of tight-fitting gloves; and potential that participants may get wet or dirty.
  • Facilitators will use portable voice amplification at times.

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


Class Size

Up to 30 students


90 minutes


$125 per program


Shedd Aquarium


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

this program is not currently available.