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: 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.
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. 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.
Contact the Learning and Engagement Department at email@example.com 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 18 months – 10 years.
Curriculum and Kits
Props, curriculum, and unique learning tools are free to borrow through our Teacher Resource Center. Contact the Learning and Engagement department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-740-2000 to learn more.
Is your child interested in careers in science or working with animals? Students in grades 5 and higher are welcome to arrange a job shadow with our staff. Job shadows typically run from 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. Learn more about job shadow opportunities.
Summer day camps offer youth immersive experiences related to water, wildlife, and animal care.
Questions? Contact the Learning and Engagement Department at email@example.com or 218-740-2000.