Building a Better Field Trip

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Interested in planning an excellent field trip? Use the resources here to make it happen!


There are lots of great ways to explore the Aquarium with your students. You may choose the self-guided tour, the Explorer, or the self-guided tour with one-hour class, the Dive in Deeper, for your field trip. We also offer two field classes that can help enrich your students understanding of and appreciation for the beaches of the North Shore.

Click on the image below to learn more about each option; you will see details, pricing, and sample schedules.

FT Education Package

How much does a field trip cost? Click here to see the costs for different options.

Register for a field trip here or contact Samantha Smingler: or (218) 740-2027.



Students must be supervised at all times during your field trip. For suggestions on organizing the logistics of your students’ field trip, click on the image below.

FT Logistics


Looking for the nitty-gritty details? Click on the image below to see the answers to our most frequently asked field trip questions.

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School Programs Catalog                    Field Trip Planning             

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Help your students connect the exhibits at Great Lakes Aquarium to the studies in your classroom. The exhibit guides provide questions to help students engage while they explore!

Exhibit Guide Grades K-2

Exhibit Guide Grades 3-5



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