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Virtual student field trips

Some of the richest learning experiences start by looking nature in the eye. With Shedd, you and your students can make discoveries where science, technology, critical thinking and peer learning meet—both synchronously and asynchronously. Expand your curriculum with enhanced learning programs exploring animal behavior, habitats, adaptations, ecosystems, anatomy and water chemistry.

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Students work on an activity at their school before a field trip to Shedd.

Curricula & lesson plans

While you and your students may not be able to visit Shedd as a group, you can adapt our post-visit exhibit and trip lesson plans to fit the needs of your classroom.

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Teachers at Shedd's Educator Open House work together to figure out a circuit board.

Teacher In-Service

Learn from Shedd educators from the comfort of your home virtually! Receive a highly interactive and collaborative training, rooted in NGSS, on topics such as aquatic science and informal teaching practices. Illinois educators can receive ISBE clock hours.

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A large vermillion rockfish eyes the camera, its large jaw slightly agape.

Discover a wealth of online learning resources

Spark your students’ interest in science and the natural world. You can take your students behind the scenes at Shedd—without leaving your classroom! Educators can also discover fun activities and standards-aligned curricula exploring animal rescues and underwater beauty.


Two adults peer into an exhibit in Shedd's Underwater Beauty special exhibit.

Educator discounts

Educators from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin can receive a complimentary Shedd ticket by registering online. This offer is not valid during special events or for admission to the 4-D Experience.


Two dolphins swim by an underwater viewing window in Shedd's Abbott Oceanarium, the one beneath turned partially onto its side to look at the one above.

Education Access Program

This program provides interactive, digital curriculum resources that fully support multiple classroom engagements with Shedd educators. It includes materials and guides for teachers to continue learning by facilitating other lessons  with their classroom. All components align with Chicago Public Schools Amplify Science curriculum and Next Generation Science Standards.

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