Great Lakes Aquarium programs aim to:
- Ensure the safety and well-being of all participants
- Offer the opportunity for each participant to feel successful
- Offer the opportunity to experience social development and authentic learning as well as service and leadership skills
In order to participate in this program, participants must be able to:
- Take care of their own personal needs (snacks, bathroom, etc.)
- Interact safely and respectfully with fellow participants and Aquarium guests
- Work independently, cooperate safely with peers, and follow verbal directions
- Identify and advocate for their own allergies/medical needs, especially regarding seafood
- Conduct themselves appropriately and responsibly on off-site field trips
Please note: while Aquarium staff is trained in group management, activity facilitation, and considerations for students with special needs, they are not necessarily certified in special education and cannot provide one-on-one support. If your child needs individualized support at school or home, they are welcome to participate but must be accompanied by an aide, caregiver, or respite provider (at no extra cost to the accompanying adult).
If you have concerns that your child may have difficulty or require assistance with any of these requirements, contact Community Learning Manager Ahna Neil at email@example.com or 218-740-2025 to discuss options for your child.
When possible, we prefer to correspond directly with teen participants. This email address will be used to send any updates about the program throughout the summer.
The following questions should be filled out by the program participant.
Possible examples include leadership experience, volunteer experience, a chance to make new friends, etc.
Great Lakes Aquarium is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all participants. Please provide as many details about your child and their needs as possible so that we can provide a fun, safe and educational experience.
Does this participant experience an allergic reaction to any of the following? Select all that apply.
Does this participant have a history of any of the following medical conditions?
Does the participant experience any sensitivities to sounds, lights, smells, textures, or other unique needs that program staff should be made aware of?
Great Lakes Aquarium Waiver and Release
To be filled out by the parent or guardian of the participant (if participant is under the age of 18).
I understand that I (or my child) am participating in the above program at our own risk. I will not hold Great Lakes Aquarium or its officers, directors, employees, or volunteers liable for any negligence or alleged negligence or other fault (not including intentional acts) that results in personal injury, death, or property damage during or in connection with the above program. The undersigned, for myself and for my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, hereby release and forever discharges Great Lakes Aquarium and its officers, directors, employees, and volunteers from all such claims. The waiver will be construed according to the law of the State of Minnesota.
I hereby give my permission for Great Lakes Aquarium to procure all necessary medical help for myself, my child or ward while said person is under the direct supervision of Great Lakes Aquarium, and grant permission to its representatives to authorize any competent medical professional to do all things reasonably necessary to take care of any injury or sickness.
Please read this form carefully and be aware that in consideration for the Great Lake Aquarium providing transportation services in connection with the TROWT Program, you will be expressly assuming the risk and legal liability and waiving and releasing all claims for injuries, damages, or loss which you or your minor child/ward might sustain as a result of said services, including but not limited to, vehicle operations and boarding and exiting the vehicle.
I recognize and acknowledge that the Great Lakes Aquarium is neither a common carrier nor in the business of providing transportation services to the public. I further recognize and acknowledge that there are certain risks of physical injury to vehicle passengers, and I voluntarily agree to assume the full risk of any injuries, damages, or loss, regardless of severity that my minor child/ward or I may sustain as a result of participating in any and all activities connected with or associated with receiving transportation services, including, but not limited to, injuries, damages, and loss arising out of negligent operation or supervision of the vehicle. I further agree to waive and relinquish all claims I or my minor child/ward may have (or accrue to me or my child/ward) against the (Great Lakes Aquarium), including its respective officials, agents, volunteers, and employees (hereinafter collectively referred as “Parties”).
I do hereby fully release and forever discharge the Parties from any and all claims for injuries, damages, or loss that my minor child/ward or I may have or which may accrue to me or my minor child/ward and arising out of, connected with, or in any way associated with said transportation services.
I further agree that this agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Minnesota.
I grant permission for Great Lakes Aquarium to use photos and/or video of this child in: (Check all that apply)