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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.

Mystic-Wide Cleanup

Saturday, October 12

10am to 4pm

You’re invited to join Mystic Aquarium and community partners for the Mystic Wide Clean-Up – a town-wide, large-scale debris removal event. Our goal is to remove more than 500 lbs. of debris from areas throughout Mystic, and we need your help! Taking place at 2 sites in Mystic, CT over a six hour period, participants can choose to help out at one site for just a few minutes or spend the whole day cleaning up the town. Each site will be completely stocked with safety and cleaning supplies, the only missing piece is you!

For more information or to register, please visit –

Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
Meeting Location: Mystic Aquarium’s Front Gate
Cleaning site: Coogan Blvd & Jerry Brown Road

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Meeting Location: Mystic River Park
Cleaning site: Downtown Mystic

Mystic Cleanup

Coastal Cleanup Series

You’re invited to join Mystic Aquarium and community partners for our Ocean Ambassador’s coastal cleanup series. Our goal is to remove more than 1000 pounds of marine debris from Rhode Island and Connecticut shorelines before 2020 and we need your help!

Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team responds to all stranded marine mammals and sea turtles along our local coastline and would like to invite you to join the over 500 volunteers who have already pledged to keep our shorelines clean and protect these amazing species! 

Volunteers of all ages can choose to help for just a few minutes or spend the entire time cleaning the beach alongside our team. Each site will be completely stocked with safety and cleaning supplies, the only missing piece is you!

9/13 – 4:00pm-6:00pm – Napatree Point, Westerly, RI –

9/29 – 10:00am-2:00pm Bluff Point State Park, Groton, CT –

10/12 – 10:00am-4:00pm -Mystic-wide cleanup, Mystic, CT –

10/19 – East Matunuck State Beach, South Kingstown, RI –

Beach Cleanup

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.


Homeschool Programs

Join Mystic Aquarium for monthly programs designed especially for homeschool students! Each school year is broken into 2 sessions; each featuring 4 monthly programs. Each class is 60 minutes in length, tailored to specific grade range, and use the Aquarium’s diverse exhibits as a living classroom.

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. Special arrangements are made for child drop-off and pick-up outside the aquarium for non-members participating in program.

Cost: Members, $32 per child. 18 child maximum and 6 child minimum per class.

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 fall classes will begin on September 15, 2019

Program Schedule: Mondays

Grade 1 to 3: 10:00-11:00

Grades 4 to 6: 11:30-12:30

Grades 7 to 9: 1:00-2:00

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