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Family & Conservation Programs

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, restoring habitats, cleaning our coastlines and more!  We would love to see you all at one of our upcoming programs.

Family Overnights

How incredible it would be to come in after all the visitors have left for the night and explore the Aquarium without the crowds?

We have a wonderful night planned just for you, your family and a small number of “soon to be” new friends. Let’s explore our cool frogs, learn about amphibians in danger, create a really cool craft and even work on a scavenger hunt! Finish it off with a light evening snack and falling asleep next to your favorite indoor exhibit giving your family that perfect experience.

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Homeschool Programs

Mystic Aquarium is now handling the reservations for classes geared towards homeschoolers! We will be breaking up the school year into 2 sessions. Our offerings for the months of March to June are listed below. Each class is tailored to specific grade range; please register your student for the most socially and academically appropriate range.

Please note: The program fee does not include aquarium admission. Non-members will be required to pay regular admission rates in order to enter the aquarium. All programs occur in the Milne Center for Ocean Conservation, with pick up and drop off occurring at the front door of the Milne Center.

Cost: Members, $32 per child. Per class there is an 18 child maximum and a 6 child minimum.

Classes sold as a 4 part series for $32 (please note – your ticket will only include the date of the first program but will be valid for all four dates). Classes cannot be sold separately. Registration for classes will close on February 28.

Grades 1 to 3: 10:00-11:00
Grades 4 to 6: 11:30-12:30
Grades 7 to 9: 1:00-2:00

Program Schedule – Mondays: March 2, April 6, May 4, & June 1.

Class topics for Grades 1-9:

  • March 2 – Arctic vs. Antarctic
  • April 6 – Sea Turtles
  • May 4 – Plankton/Microscopes
  • June 1 – Coastal Field Program
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FrogWatch with Mystic Aquarium

In just 10 minutes a week you can collect valuable information on local frog and toad populations that help to identify the scope and geographic scale of population declines. Throughout the program, participants will become certified FrogWatch USA volunteers trained in local amphibian vocalizations, ready to take charge of your own field and submit data into a national survey. As important predators and prey in the environment and indicators of environmental health, the information we collect can be used form conservation plans to protect these important species. Volunteers only need to attend one of the workshops

  • 2/24/2020 – 6:00pm-8:00pm (Teens)
  • 3/1/2020 – 2:00pm-4:00pm (Family program for ages 6 and older)
  • 3/5/2019 – 6:00pm-8:00pm (Ages 18 and older)

*No cost but registration required

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Horseshoe Crab Walk – Bluff Point State Park

Friday, 5/22/2020, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Head to the beach and witness these “living fossils” gather during our nighttime Horseshoe Crab Walk.  Help Aquarium and Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center staff count the animals and learn about the role they play in our local ecosystem.  Be prepared to get wet feet and hike a distance. Bluff Point State Park, Groton, CT

Cost: $5 per person

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Horseshoe Crab Walk – Napatree Point Conservation Area

Friday, June 5, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Head to the beach and witness these “living fossils” gather during our nighttime Horseshoe Crab Walk.  Help Aquarium and Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center staff count the animals and learn about the role they play in our local ecosystem.  Be prepared to get wet feet and hike a distance. Be prepared to get wet feet and hike a distance. Napatree Point Conservation Area, Westerly, RI

Cost: $5 per person

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