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In a classroom, a projector plays live video of a Shedd trainer in the penguin habitat, answering students' questions.
Students gather around a video projector and ask questions as a Shedd expert broadcasts a live Virtual Field Trip session.

Live from Behind the Scenes virtual field trips are interactive digital experiences that bring animals and the staff members who care for them to a school classroom to inspire students with real examples with science.

Grades K–5

Key concepts: Adaptations, habitats, enrichment, engineering, behavior, biological needs.

Skills: Observation, data collection, collaboration and communication, problem solving.

Grades 6–8

Key concepts: Adaptations, habitats, physiology, behavior, engineering, biological needs, enrichment.

Skills: Data collection, data synthesis and analysis, collaboration and communication, designing solution.


K-5 Standards: NGSS 2-LS4-1, 3-LS3-1, K-2-ETS1-2, Common Core: ELA-Literacy- SL.K-5.1.

6-8 Standards: NGSS MS-LS1-4, Common Core: ELA-Literacy- RST.6-8.2.


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; and, quickly moving, live camera footage.

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.


Tuesdays and Thursdays


50 minutes


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


$125 for one group
$95 each for up to two additional groups in the same program