Open 9 am - 6 pm
Museums for All Tickets SOLD OUT, Regular admission still available
Educators work on an activity together during Shedd's annual Science Educator Conference.
Teachers at Shedd's Educator Open House work on an iPad activity in Polar Play Zone.

Build a custom professional development in-service for a group of formal or informal educators. Custom trainings are generally four hours long and accommodate up to 30 educators. All sessions are built to be interactive and collaborative. Topics have included aquatic science, informal teaching practices, object-based learning, visual-thinking strategies, field trip planning and robotics. We’ll help you plan an in-service to accommodate the timing, number of participants, topics and location that best meet your needs. On-site programs include admission to the aquarium for each teacher. You can also include meals at an additional cost.

Clock Hours

Illinois teachers registered for this program can receive clock hours upon completion of the in-service as well as a letter that can be share with the school’s administration. A current Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN) is required for clock hours.


These programs are custom. However, if programs are hosted at Shedd Aquarium, programs could potentially include:

  • Use of stairs; elevators are available
  • Moving and standing for up to 1 hour
  • Work taking place at standard tables with chairs provided
  • Use of tools like scissors, forceps, tablets, and microscopes
  • Moving around the aquarium, which has varying light, noise and temperature levels
  • The learning environment as part of this experience 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.
  • Facilitators may use portable voice amplification

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.


$20-$25 per participant


Pick your own date, we're flexible


At Shedd or at your school