National Aquarium

With close to 20,000 animals at the National Aquarium, you'll discover something new every time you visit! In the brand-new exhibit Living Seashore, students can touch sea creatures like moon snails and jellyfish. A field trip to the Aquarium is a student’s passport to discovering the world's aquatic treasures. Enhance the field trip experience through scientific investigations, hands-on discovery activities, presentations and encounters with live animals in one of the Aquarium’s classroom or auditorium programs. All programs support the Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum. Teacher booklets are available to provide classroom activities that prepare your students for the program and facilitate reflection and discussion after the visit. 
*Programs include:
Aquatic Critters (PreK-1st)
Maryland Backyard (PreK-1st)
Blacktip Reef (1st-12th)
Adaptations (2nd-4th)
Bountiful Biomes (2nd-4th)
Trash in a Marsh (3rd-5th)
Chesapeake Bay Explorations (4th-6th)
Squid Dissection Lab (5th-12th)
Aquarium Careers – National Aquarium Animal Rescue Program (6th-12th) 
Phylum Lab (7th-12th)
Behind-the-Scenes Tour (9th-12th)
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Contact Info
Address: 501 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Baltimore City County. Tel: 410-576-3833. Email: Website: Hrs: Mon. - Fri. 9AM - 4:30PM. Contact: Reservations.
Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-12th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-3 hours. Cost: Fee (Free for Maryland schools).

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Aquarium Lesson Plan

Did you know a sea cucumber can shoot its intestines at predators in order to avoid being eaten? That an electric eel can produce 500 watts of electricity to frighten away predators? Let students act like scientists to observe marine life while focusing on habitat, survival, and defense mechanisms.... Continue