Open 9 am - 5 pm
Mangrove whiptail stingrays can grow to a large size, and spend most of their time swimming along the ocean floor.

Who can attend

This program is designed for members of Scouts BSA in grades 6-12; however, non-Scouts are welcome to participate!

Adults are invited to observe parts of the program. Participants may also be dropped off. While adults are welcome to attend, it is in an observational capacity only. Due to capacity limitations in certain spaces, adults may not be able to observe some sections of the workshop.


Please complete the following requirements as listed in the BSA Merit Badge Book. Please bring all work related to these prerequisites to the workshop day. Shedd educators, who are also BSA approved merit badge counselors, will be on hand to sign blue cards.

#1: All parts
#2: Define salinity, temperature, and density
#3: All parts
#6: Define benthos, nekton, and plankton. Name some of the plants and animals that make up each of these groups.

Drop-off and pick-up

Drop-off takes place from 11:30 a.m.-noon. Pick-up takes place from 4-4:30 p.m.


  • BSA Oceanography Badge
  • Prerequisites sent ahead of time

Not included

  • Meals and snacks are not included.
  • General admission to the aquarium is not included.


Program includes

  • Use of stairs; elevators are available
  • Moving around the aquarium for up to 1 hour
  • Moving around the aquarium, which has varying light, noise and temperature levels

At Shedd Aquarium, we believe there should be no boundaries to your 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.

Please visit Shedd Aquarium’s Accessibility Guide to learn more.


Feb. 16 (Sold out)
Feb. 22


Noon- 4 p.m.


$45 ($40 for members)
Adults: $5

Refunds and Cancellations

Read Shedd's refund policy.


Contact us at [email protected] or call 312-939-2438.