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Conservation Education Programs

Conservation Education Programs at Mystic Aquarium

Full-Day K-7 Program

Mystic Aquarium is pleased to offer full-day academic enrichment programs led by experienced educators who will provide academic support and enrichment in a safe and fun learning environment.

High School Internships

This prestigious program will leverage the unique assets of the Aquarium to introduce students to a diversity of careers and career pathways. In this 8-week program, specifically designed for students in grades 9 to 12, students will work and study alongside the amazing professionals who advance our mission.

Coastal Field Studies

Join Mystic Aquarium on the coast for a field study where we have been bringing students to our coastlines for years. Now, we’d like to offer this experiential learning opportunity to all teachers of grades 3 to 12! We will bring the equipment and the expertise to help your students investigate and discover coastal phenomena through an NGSS-aligned, 90-minute program at various parks all along the Connecticut and Rhode Island coastline. Students will collaborate and collect evidence pertaining to the value and the importance of healthy watersheds and estuaries. While working in small groups, they will investigate rocky shore and salt marsh environments and collect data to develop a baseline understanding of the ecosystem’s biotic and abiotic factors and energy flow. Students will also observe and identify species while discovering cause and effect of natural and man-made influences on their critical habitats. Join us and gain an understanding of the critical ecological role these coastal ecosystems play in fostering diversity and abundance of life in the Long Island Sound or Narragansett Bay. (Spanish-translated data sheets are available.)

Duration: 90-minutes
Location: Various public access parks along CT and RI coastlines, TBD with booking party upon consultation
Cost: $300 per class of up to 24 students; discounts available for additional classes
Accommodations: Maximum of 3 classes/72 students per program
Seasonal: Offered April – November

Coastal Field Studies are also a great field trip option for summer camps and programming!

Contact the Education & Conservation Department at to reserve this field experience.

Classroom Programs

Details coming soon!

Conservation Programs in the Field

Giving back has never been easier! Join us in our Family Volunteer programs as we spend time exploring local ecosystems and the animals that call them home to restore habitats, clean our coastlines and more! We would love to see you all at one of our upcoming programs; check out our Events page for the latest information on conservation programs.

Homeschool Series

Mystic Aquarium is offering a monthly home school series with classes designed for Kindergarteners through ninth graders! The Spring 2022 session runs from March to June, and will include content focused on Long Island Sound, Penguins, Animal Communication, and Coastal Field Studies, with both in class and around campus experiences.