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Our Penguin Animal Ambassador Programs can occur at the Aquarium or at your location and are a one-of-a-kind outreach program appropriate for audiences of all ages where your students not only meet one of our resident African penguins but also learn from their trainers how we are working every day to save these Endangered Species.   While we are eager to provide these enriching and educational Penguin Animal Ambassador Programs, please ensure that your school, organization, or facility can adhere to the following criteria prior to reserving the program at your location.

  • Penguin programs are available to schools, organizations or facilities that are within 60 miles of Mystic Aquarium.
  • Penguin programs must be held in indoor presentation areas.  Gymnasiums, auditoriums, multi-purpose activity rooms, and other large, enclosed spaces are ideal.
  • An offstage area free of wires and debris must be provided as a “safe zone” for the animal ambassadors.
  • Indoor temperatures must be above 50°F and below 65°F.
  • Due to strict quarantine policies, no other animals may be present in the presentation or offstage area.
  • Since the safety of our audience is a primary concern, we cannot allow audience members to feed or hold any of our Animal Ambassadors.

Penguin Animal Ambassador Programs are available October through April on Monday through Wednesday for a one-hour block or 2 consecutive 30-minute blocks between 10:00am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-3:00pm. This offering is $1,750 for the programming at your location (maximum of 300 students) and $1,500 for programming at Mystic Aquarium (maximum of 20 students).  Please email EducationInfo@MysticAquarium.org to reserve this one-of-a-kind program.


Learn directly from the animal care staff and our California sea lions about how and why we train our animals in this 30-minute session. This program includes about 15 minutes of training basics and tools, 10 minutes with a sea lion demonstration of those techniques, and five minutes for Q & A. Programs take place in the Foxwoods Marine Theater. Programs accommodate multiple groups until the maximum is reached. Please contact us for pricing, see below.

Overnights for schools

Bring your school to experience an overnight adventure in an underwater world. Click here for more information.


After reviewing the programs listed above, please complete the form in the button below to request a reservation for a group visit and education programs, whether at the Aquarium, at your location, or through distance learning. If you need more information or a quote for multiple/package programs, please contact us at EducationInfo@MysticAquarium.org or 860.572.5955 x431.