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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.

Horseshoe Crab Walk

Head to the beach and witness these “living fossils” gather during our nighttime Family horseshoe Crab Watch. You can also help aquarium and 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 between 3-4 miles on along the beach. Advanced registration is required.

Friday, May 31, 6:00pm-9:00pm ; Napatree Point, Westerly, RI.
Saturday, June 15 6:00pm-9:00pm; Bluff Point State Park, Groton, CT
Cost: $5 per person

Horseshoe Crabs

World Oceans Day - BioBlitz

Salute our ocean planet and learn simple ways to help protect the ocean environment during our annual World Oceans Day celebration.  Leaving the Aquarium hourly, groups of volunteers will walk to local ecosystems to get a count of the plant and animal species that make our Long Island Sound watershed home.  Bring your whole family and share a fun adventure as we learn about the vital role we all play in sustaining our planet.  Participants who complete a full hour session of ecosystem exploration will even receive a special incentive! 

Saturday, June 08 10:00am-2:00pm

Summer Campers and Counselor

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

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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