Grades 9 to 12

Students will conduct scientific investigations and construct explanations, some with a focus on molecular structures and functions, in order to understand more about the inheritance and variation of traits. Other programs encourage them to analyze and interpret data on energy flow, ecosystem dynamics, and adaptations using detailed evidence of environmental influences in natural selection. Students will also develop possible solutions to help sustain biodiversity so that ecosystem functions and productivity are maintained to support and enhance life on Earth. All grade 9-12 programs promote interest in STEM through scientific literacy, active investigations, problem solving, and discussion of evidence and results.


Students will examine evidence in order to explain how environmental changes supported the evolution of new species. Students will investigate unique marine mammal skeletons to discover the structural changes whales and dolphins have made to function in a fully aquatic lifestyle. This program offers a great way for your students to experience anatomical evidence that supports the theory of evolution and the transition from a terrestrial to aquatic lifestyle.

Standards Addressed – CT: 10.5/CT Enrichment: Evolution, Physiology; NGSS: Patterns, Structure & Function; LS3, LS4, ESS3; Asking & Defining, Analyzing & Interpreting, Engaging from Evidence, Evaluating & Communicating Information

Please note that this program cannot travel due to use of rare and large specimens.


From the barrier reefs of Australia to the polar ecosystems of the Arctic Circle, ocean habitats around the world are under extreme stress. Students will examine evidence and support claims of how climate change, pollution, habitat loss and human interaction may affect aquatic life globally and collaborate to discuss potential solutions.

The class will conclude by discussing the current projects underway to help recover these endangered ecosystems.

This class can travel, and it includes a live reptile and has a conservation focus.

Standards Addressed – CT: 9.3, 9.6, 9.8, 9.9, 10.6/CT Enrichment: Ecology; NGSS: Cause & Effect, Energy & Matter, Stability & Change; LS2, LS4, ESS2, ESS3, ETS1; Asking & Defining, Analyzing & Interpreting, Engaging from Evidence, Evaluating & Communicating Information


Students can find out about the variety of STEM career opportunities available with the ocean realm. From designing deep sea vehicles, analyzing blood and water samples or even developing interactive programs for visitors, students will understand what it takes to keep an educational research facility like ours running successfully, so that we can all contribute to conservation efforts!

This class can travel and includes a live reptile.

Standards Addressed – CT: 9.8, 9.9/CT Enrichment: Ecology; NGSS: Cause & Effect, Stability & Changes; ESS3, ETS1; Asking & Defining, Evaluating & Communicating Information


Each Researcher-for-a-Day program engages students with hands-on laboratory experiences that mimic true applications of science with concepts learned in the classroom. Each 2-hour program offers students unique inside looks at marine science using such rare materials as penguin, cetacean and/or horseshoe crab blood. The experience also helps them realize connections among micro-examinations and to expand out their role in environmental conservation.

Cost of program: $7 per student (2-hours)

Standards Addressed – CT: 10.1, 10.2/CT Enrichment: Physiology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Science & Technology; NGSS: LS1, LS3; Asking & Defining, Analyzing & Interpreting, Engaging from Evidence, Evaluating & Communicating Information

Option 1: Hematology – Using blood to investigate animal health

Option 2: Microbiology – Examining the world through the eyes of a microscope

Option 3: Molecular Biology – Exploring conservation through DNA


Please note that these programs cannot travel due to intensive lab prep, materials and equipment needed.

We also have other lab-based programs available such as: Nutrition, Pathology, Horseshoe Crabs & Citizen Science, Necropsy/Marine Mammal Anatomy & Physiology, and more. Please contact us at [email protected]  if you are interested in what else we can offer to high school students.