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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.

World Oceans Day - BioBlitz

Coastal Cleanup Crew

Removing marine debris from the coastline is the first step we can all take in protecting marine mammals, fish and birds in our local waters.  Email to get email updates from the Animal Rescue and Conservation teams on our scheduled and pop-up cleanups along the CT and RI coastlines.

Marsh Clean Up

Amphibian Monitoring Field Surveys

Did you know that in just over an hour you can collect valuable information on local frog, toad, and salamander populations that help to better understand and protection amphibians? Working alongside members of Mystic Aquarium’s Herpetology, Research and Conservation Education teams, you will join us in our newest citizen science initiative as we conduct field surveys to swab amphibians for chytrid fungus. This is a great opportunity to get up close and muddy in the name of conservation!

Sampling dates include:

• 8/10/2019 – 10:30am-12:00pm (Ages 16 and older) – Walden Preserve in Salem

• 8/10/2019 – 1:30pm-3:00pm (Family Friendly; Ages 6 and older) – Banning Wood Preserve in Lyme/Hadlyme Corner *No cost but registration required

Spaces are limited so click here to register today –  

Red Eye Tree Frog

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!

8/8 – 10:00am-12:00pm – Lighthouse Point, New Haven, CT –

8/13 – 12:00pm-3:00pm – Calf Pasture, Norwalk, CT – Due to the inclement weather forecasted for tomorrow, 8/13, we have decided to postone the Calf Pasture clean up.

Waterford Beach, Waterford, CT –

8/19 – 6:00pm-8:00pm – Napatree Point, Westerly, RI –

8/21 – 5:00pm-6:00pm – Surfer’s End, Middletown, RI –

8/26 – 11:00am-2:00pm – Byram Park, Greenwich, CT –

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

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

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

Distance Learning Teacher