Shedd Aquarium Teacher Field Experiences


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The Shedd Aquarium and Discovery Education brought a “Day of Discovery” to the Chicago area, inspiring educators and administrators with engaging content and programs.  Now, take a deeper dive with the Shedd Aquarium as your guide.

Teacher Field Experiences
Join Shedd Aquarium this summer to learn science by doing science in the field!  Shedd takes learning outside the classroom to immerse teachers in aquatic environments and scientific research.  Choose from one of three field experiences to learn science content and pedagogy, conduct research, make classroom connections and gain valuable resources for your instruction.  Whether you’re snorkeling in the Bahamas hovering above coral reefs or navigating the waterways of Illinois with your underwater robot, this is sure to be a summer professional development experience you won’t forget!  Read descriptions below and visit to download your application and apply today!


Biology in the Bahamas (Cilck Here for Full Details)

Suggested for grades K–12 educators


Dive deep into marine environments and scientific research, first at Shedd, and then firsthand in the Bahamas aboard Shedd’s research vessel, the R/V Coral Reef II. Through hands-on experience, gain a greater understanding of data collection and analysis, how it applies to current scientific research and how to integrate it into your classroom curriculum.  Teachers live aboard the R/V Coral Reef II while exploring the coral reefs of Bimini, the Bahamas and meeting scientists currently conducting research in the area.    


Pre-trip class at Shedd Aquarium June 21-26

Fieldwork in Bimini, Bahamas July 27-Aug. 3

Post-trip wrap-up at Shedd Aquarium Aug. 5-7

Price: $895*, includes all meals and materials; participants must pay for own flight


Lane credit of 6 graduate credits are available from National Louis University


Application deadline: March 26


*limited funding opportunities available through the generous support of COSEE Great Lakes Marine Immersion Scholarships


Freshwater Ecology

Suggested for grades K–12 educators 


Team up with scientists, teachers and site-specific stewards to explore local environments and engaging ways to apply the scientific process. Explore hidden treasures in our surrounding ecosystems and discover ways to create immersive opportunities in the classroom.  Teachers traverse the Chicago area, visiting bogs, rivers, lakeshores and more as they get their hands wet doing science.


July 19-24; 7:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.

Price : $175 includes lunch, transportation and materials


Lane credit or 2 graduate credits are available from National Louis University

Application deadline: May 14


Underwater Robotics

Suggested for grades 6–12 educators


Make underwater discoveries with a remotely operated vehicle (ROV)! Build your own ROV, conduct field research with it and observe how science, technology, engineering and math can inspire inquiry. Receive several hundred dollars’ worth of materials and curriculum to share the excitement with your middle or high school class.


Aug. 9-13; 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Price: $250 a team, includes lunch, transportation and materials 

Educators must apply in teams of two to three.


Lane credit or 2 graduate credits are available from NLU.


Application deadline: May 28 


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