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How do seahorses swim? Find out more during "Seahorses and Seadragons"

Come face to face with these fish like never before. Search for these masters of camouflage, get your questions answered by animal experts and find out what makes these fish so special.

A potbelly seahorse floats in its habitat at Shedd Aquarium.

Grades K-2: Seahorses and Seadragons

Sunday, January 10, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. CST

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Leafy sea dragons are bizarre-looking, covered in a proliferation of fronds similar to branches of seaweed.

Grades 3–5: Seahorses and Seadragons

Coming soon!


What animals live in tide pools? Explore with "Animals of the Intertidal Zone"

You might find sea stars, hermit crabs and sea urchins in a tide pool. Join our remote learning program to discover how these animals and more are adapted to a life in an extreme environment.

Children on a video web chat participate in a tortoise animal program.

Grades K-2: Animals of the Intertidal Zone

Saturday, January 30, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. CST

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Purple sea urchins are covered in short, thick spikes and long, thin filaments used to sense their environment.

Grades 3-5: Animals of the Intertidal Zone

Saturday, January 30, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. CST 

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Do sharks sleep? Do stingrays have teeth? Join us for "Sharks and Stingrays"

Come face to face with sharks and rays of all different shapes and sizes. Watch an exclusive behind the scenes feeding session, take a virtual tour of habitats from Amazon Rising to Wild Reef, play animal-themed games and get your questions answered by animal experts while seeing these animals up-close for fun at-home learning.

A shark swims in the Wild Reef exhibit at Shedd Aquarium.

Grades K-2: Sharks and Rays

Sunday, February 7, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. CST

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A ribbontail stingray in Wild Reef at Shedd Aquarium.

Grades 3-5: Sharks and Rays

Sunday, February 7, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. CST

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Do reptiles have gills? Learn more in our "Reptiles" session! 

From prehistoric-looking caiman lizards to swift turtles and steady tortoises, go behind the scenes and meet some unbelievable reptiles that call Shedd Aquarium home! Explore a virtual tour of their habitats from Amazon Rising to Islands and Lakes, ask questions to animal caretakers who will join the adventure, play animal-themed games and more.

A caiman lizard sits on a log in the Amazon Rising exhibit at Shedd Aquarium.

Grades K-2: Reptiles 

Saturday, February 27, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. CST

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An American alligator rests on a log in the Rivers Gallery at Shedd Aquarium.

Grades 3-5: Reptiles

Saturday, February 27, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. CST

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Experience the wonders of the aquatic animal world right from your home and get curious with us during Virtual Aquarium Adventure Mini Camps for Kids! At Shedd Aquarium, our goal is to foster a love of nature in children by celebrating animals in a positive, uplifting setting. Shedd invites curious kids to look nature in the eye and feel inspired by the animals we share the world with during these hands-on learning programs! During each virtual session, kids will explore a specific animal or habitat from the aquatic world through animal encounters, hands-on activities and conversation with Shedd experts.

When are the virtual learning sessions? 

Choose from any topics and dates below. All times are CST.

K-2 Seahorses: Sunday, January 10, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. 

K-2 Intertidal Animals: Saturday, January 30, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

3-5 Intertidal Animals: Saturday, January 30, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.

K-2 Sharks and Rays: Sunday, February 7, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. CST 

3-5 Sharks and Rays: Sunday, February 7, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. CST

K-2 Reptiles: Saturday, February 27, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. CST 

3-5: Reptiles: Saturday, February 27, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. CST

Accessibility

The program includes use of the audio and video engagement functions of the Zoom platform and use of scissors, drawing implements, glue and tape.

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 leave a message at 312-692-3312. We look forward to assisting you.


What do families say about Shedd’s remote learning programs?

“I can't believe how much fun he's having and how much he's learning about animals through the K-2 class! Plus, the instructors are really kind and patient with the children, allowing them to answer so many questions and participate actively.”

“Both of our children really enjoyed the experience. They were engaged for the entire time, eagerly looked forward to each session and were sad to see it end. The leaders and special guests were very knowledgeable, patient, fun and able to capture my kids' attention and participation in appropriate inquiry and entertainment. I was so impressed with how each activity was organized, timed and planned to minimize distraction for the kids and to keep them engaged.”

“It's so engaging and interactive. It’s really the happiest I've seen my kiddo in a while.”


Virtual Youth Program FAQs

Still have questions?

Contact us at [email protected] or leave a message at 312-692-3312.

Grades

Students must be currently enrolled in grades K-2 or 3-5 for the 2020-21 school year to be eligible for this program.

Dates

Sunday, January 10 (Grades K-2 only)

Saturday, January 30

Sunday, February 7

Saturday, February 27

Cost

39.95 ($34.95 for members)

$7 off for each additional adventurer in the same session