We are always learning. The Aquarium is a special place to explore and learn. From live animal observation, to immersive exhibit experiences, to hands-on classes, we look forward to supporting the life-long learning of all people in our community.

Field Trips

School groups, camp groups, after-school programs, scouts and home school families are eligible for advanced reservations, discounted rates, and tailored trip planning support. Packaged tickets are also available with other Duluth waterfront attractions. Ticket prices range from $5-11.

Learn more here.

School Age Day Camps and Overnights

Children in grades 1-12 have opportunities to go behind-the-scenes with staff, get up close with resident animals and explore the wonders of the watery world through camps and overnight programs. Summer and vacation camps are available for individual registrations. Overnight programs are available for group registrations.

Learn more here.

Classes, Outreach and Behind the Scenes Tours

Take your Aquarium visit to the next level for your school, scout, or home school group. Reserve time with one of our professional educators to explore wildlife, habitats, the nature of science, animal care, and human interactions with our watery world. Classes are available at the Aquarium, as outreach, and via video conferencing technology. There is a fee for all classes and they must be scheduled at least one week in advance.

Learn more here.

Early Childhood Programs (toddler, preschool, kindergarten)

Young learners are welcome and celebrated at Great Lakes Aquarium. We offer specialized classes and activities for children ages 1-6. Classes include stories, songs, movement, tactile and sensory exploration, art, and science.

Check out the schedule of seasonal opportunities.


Want to be a marine biologist? There are so many ways to work with aquatic and marine animals in a zoo and aquarium setting. Internships and job shadows are available with our animal care department to get a taste of what it is like to care for fish, otters, turtles and birds!

Learn more here.

Professional Development

Looking for new ideas? Want to know more about the wildlife and waterways in our area? Need CEUs and want to have fun earning them? Join us for one or all of the professional development opportunities offered and hosted by the Great Lakes Aquarium Education Team. We work closely with regional and national scientists, recreation specialists, educators and content experts to bring high-quality experiences to our teaching and learning community.

Learn more here.

Teacher Resource Center

Great Lakes Aquarium’s Teacher Resource Center has teaching kits, trunks, equipment, standards-aligned lesson plans, books, and more ready for you to use. These materials can help you blend an Aquarium visit with classroom curriculum or to enhance your current studies. These resources are free to borrow.

Learn more here.