Homeschool Opportunities

Great Lakes Aquarium supports lifelong 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.

Homeschool Visit Rates

The homeschool rate is designed for designated homeschooling students (and the designated homeschool educator on the family’s Letter of Intent) using the Aquarium as a part of curricular learning.

Homeschooled student designated on the Letter of Intent (Grades K-12): $5

Younger siblings who are too young to be designated as homeschooling will also receive the homeschooled student rate. Children aged 2 and under are always free.

Designated homeschool educators (one per family): Free

All other guests visiting with homeschooling children and a designated homeschool educator will be admitted under regular admission prices.

Parking: Check out the current seasonal parking rates.

To receive the homeschool rate, you must provide documentation at the door. You must show a copy of the Compulsory Instruction Report or Letter of Intent (or your state’s equivalent documentation) upon arrival at the Aquarium (we do not need to keep the copy). The homeschool discount will not be given without this documentation.

Other Opportunities

Classes

Groups of students and homeschool educators are welcome to book a class or animal encounter with Aquarium staff. These classes and experiences are designed to encourage questions, hands-on exploration, and collaboration. Classes are $50 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.

Contact the Learning Team at fieldtrips@glaquarium.org or 218-740-2000 to learn more or make a reservation.

Early Childhood Programming

Whirligigs: Weekly nature-based drop-off classes are available for 3-5 year old children.
Nature Play Groups: Rain-or-shine nature play sessions are available for ages 4 – 10 years.

Curriculum and Kits

Props, curriculum, and unique learning tools are free to borrow through our Teacher Resource Center. Contact the Learning Team at fieldtrips@glaquarium.org or 218-740-2000 to learn more.

Camps

Summer day camps offer youth immersive experiences related to water, wildlife, and animal care.

Learn more about camps.

Questions? Contact the Learning and Engagement Department at education@glaquarium.org or 218-740-2025.