Great Lakes Aquarium supports life-long learning. We believe that learning and discovery happens every day. We welcome all teachers and learners to use the Aquarium’s exhibits, classes and free curriculum kits as part of a student’s enrichment and coursework.
How do I get a homeschool rate?
- You must make an advance reservation. This discount will not be given at the door without a reservation. Please call our reservation department Monday-Friday at 218-740-2043 (reservation staff are not available on the weekends). This enables us to support your visit as a school group. We are then also able to connect you to free resources to enhance your group’s learning experience at the Aquarium.
- Documentation is required to receive the discounted homeschool rate. You must provide a copy of the Compulsory Instruction Report or Letter of Intent filed with the state upon arrival. This discount will not be given without this documentation.
The homeschool rate is intended for designated homeschooling children and the designated homeschool educator on the family’s Letter of Intent. This rate does not apply to any additional guests (e.g. visiting relatives, grandparents, nanny). This discounted homeschool rate is offered without a group minimum. Our expectation is that you are using this rate to visit the Aquarium as part of your learning and curriculum.
Homeschooled youth designated on the Letter of Intent (Grades K-12): $5
- Younger siblings who are too young to be designated as homeschooling will receive the school rate of $5. Children aged 2 and under are always free.
Designated homeschool educators: Free
All other guests visiting with homeschooling children and a designated homeschool educator will be charged regular admission prices.
Parking in Aquarium lot: $5/vehicle
Groups of students and parents are welcome to book a class or animal encounter with Aquarium staff. These classes and experiences are designed to encourage questions, hands-on exploration of themes and collaboration. A minimum fee of $20/class and an advance reservation is required. For groups with students in more than three consecutive grade levels, the best option is typically an animal encounter or selection of two separate age appropriate classes.
View the list of available class themes here.
Contact our education department via email at email@example.com or phone at 218-740-2043 to learn more or make a reservation.
Whirligigs and Polliwogs
Weekly nature based classes are available for 3-5 year old children. Each summer weekly programming is available to 5-6 year old children that have completed kindergarten. Learn more about early childhood opportunities here.
Curriculum and Kits
Props, curriculum and unique learning tools are available through our Teacher Resource Center for free. Contact our education department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-740-2043 to learn more.
Is your child interested in careers in science or working with animals? They may enjoy shadowing our animal care staff for a morning. Children in grades 5 and higher are welcome to arrange a job shadow with our staff. Job shadows typically run from 7 a.m. – Noon. Contact our education department via email at email@example.com or 218-740-2043 to schedule.
Summer day camps and vacation day camps offer youth an 2-5 day Aquarium experience related to water, wildlife and animal care.