Learn how Shedd's team of scientists monitor and evaluate water quality for the aquatic animals that call Shedd home. Students test water samples from exhibit habitats and measure the health of an aquatic system by performing water-quality tests (dissolved oxygen, pH, plankton analysis, etc.) on samples from Shedd. Students discuss their findings, compare samples and share their data and conclusions.
Learning Labs are inquiry-based lab programs in which students gain skills in scientific methods, collaboration, communication, teamwork and more. Learning Labs can take place at Shedd Aquarium or at a school.
this program is not currently available.
$125 per program
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
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
- 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;
- 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.
Request a reservation online using the link on the program’s specific information page. Then, a member of our team will contact you to confirm your requested dates.
We will try to schedule your trip and any learning programs for your first chosen date. If that date is not available, we schedule you for the next available date of your choice. You will receive a confirmation email informing you of the field trip and any program dates, start times and fees. If you have registered for a virtual field trip or learning program, a Shedd staff member will contact you to confirm these details.
Yes, by digital connection and in person! For K-8 classrooms, our Live from Behind the Scenesprogram lets your students interact with Shedd's animal care experts.
We require one chaperone for every 10 students, although one for every five is recommended. Teachers are counted in the chaperone-to-student ratio. Please note: There is an individual fee if your chaperones exceed a 1:5 ratio.
Yes! We encourage teachers to visit so that they can prepare for their field trips. Educators from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin can visit Shedd free by registering for a pass online. Please note: While teachers are admitted free, their guests will be required to pay the full admission price.
Download the Lakeshore Ecology Learning Lab Guide.
Up to 30 students
$125 per program
This project was made possible in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.