Outreach Programs

Can’t get to the aquarium? We’ll come to you! Explore the outreach programming available through Great Lakes Aquarium.

Great Lakes Aquarium offers programming that can come to your classroom, youth group, family gathering, and more. Click on the buttons below to learn more about our different outreach programs. For more information, contact Samantha Smingler at ssmingler@glaquarium.org or (218) 740-2027.


Aquarium Outreach

Some of our classes and animals can come to you! We provide outreach classes in schools, youth centers and outdoor festival settings.

Cost: 1 hour = $60; Each additional hour = $40

Fees noted above support travel, animal transport and instruction within 20 miles of Great Lakes Aquarium. Outreach beyond 20 miles will incur an additional mileage fee of $0.55/mile.

Click here to book an outreach visit!

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Partners in Education (PIE) – Grades 3-5

Cost: Free

Contact the PIE coordinator, Kathleen Floberg, at pie.gla@gmail.com for current offerings or to schedule a visit from PIE staff.

This partnership between Great Lakes Aquarium, Minnesota Sea Grant Program and the University of Minnesota Duluth trains volunteer educators to provide free outreach programs to Twin Ports schools. The topics covered such as weather, watersheds, properties of water and geology, change each semester and are all relevant to the Great Lakes.

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Underwater Science – Grades 6-9

Cost: Free instruction and equipment; participating school/group is responsible for pool rental.

Local SCUBA instructor and Dive Master Elmer Engman offers a unique way for your student to “dive” into science.  Mr. Engman will visit with your students in the classroom introducing basic science principles such as buoyancy, drag, and water’s effect on sound as they apply to SCUBA diving.  A second session gets everyone in the water practicing their new SCUBA skills and conducting experiments underwater.  Dive gear, dive instruction and pre/post lesson materials provided.  Access to school or community pool is the responsibility of school staff.  Program length is dependent on group size.  Call us today at 218-740-2000 to learn more or schedule a visit!

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MinnAqua Program Fishing: Get in the Habitat!

Cost: Varies with program; some free options available.

The MinnAqua Program is the DNR’s state-wide fishing and aquatic resource outreach program. The Northern Minnesota MinnAqua Specialist is housed at the Great Lakes Aquarium. During the months of Ma.y – August the MinnAqua Intern is available to present MinnAqua fishing programs. MinnAqua offers fishing and aquatic resource stewardship programming and resources for all seasons. Fishing activities include ice fishing, fly fishing and shore fishing with a resource management and environmental stewardship focus. Click on the MinnAqua icon to access their website and curriculum materials.

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