Maine State Aquarium

The Maine State Aquarium features a collection of regional fish and invertebrates, extraordinary lobsters in all sizes and colors, colorful marine life including red sea anemones and sun stars, fascinating northern shrimp, squid, and bottom-dwelling fish. At center stage sharks and skates circle, waiting to be patted by those who dare. At the touch tank visitors can feel the spiny skin of a sea star or sea urchin, get squirted by a sea cucumber or scallop, watch the moon snail pull in its enormous "gooey" foot, and be fascinated by the sea star retracting its stomach!

contact info

Hrs: August - September, Wednesday - Sunday 10AM - 5PM. Closes for the season in October.

Maine State Aquarium

The Maine State Aquarium offers field trips for educational groups and can accommodate special needs and ESL visitors. A presentation of the lobsters, sharks and skates, or animal of your choice can be added to the trip. During the trip students can identify and observe animals; get up close and personal with the sharks and skates; discover Mollusks, Arthropods, and Echinoderms in the touch tank; and more. Teachers can use the aquarium activities provided in the field trip guide to keep the visit educational and focused. In addition to field trips, the Aquarium also offers classroom resources and classroom animal supplies.

supports classroom learning in:
Science, Environmental Studies.

topics covered:
Animals, Biology, Classification, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Evolution, Marine Life, Science.

contact info
Name: Elaine Jones.
Phone: 207-633-9580
Email: elaine.jones@maine.gov

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10 min. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Performances. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1. Registration: Email, Fax, Mail. Food Options: Bring your own, Outdoor seating. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: No. Accessible To: PD, VI, HI, LD, ASD.

Aquarium Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

• Did you know a sea cucumber can shoot its intestines at predators, and then regrow them, in order to avoid being eaten?

• An electric eel can produce 500 watts of electricity (that’s enough to light up 10 light bulbs) to frighten away predators.

• Dolphins sleep with one half of the brain and one eye open to watch for danger.

• No matter how many pieces you cut a sea sponge into each piece will continue living and growing.

• Ocean life can do amazing things to survive. As you visit an aquarium with your students, note the different ways animals defend themselves. Just like a squid, people wouldn’t bother you either if you squirted black ink in their face!

View Lesson Plan>>

Maine State Aquarium

The Maine State Aquarium features a collection of regional fish and invertebrates, extraordinary lobsters in all sizes and colors, colorful marine life including red sea anemones and sun stars, fascinating northern shrimp, squid, and bottom-dwelling fish. At center stage sharks and skates circle, waiting to be patted by those who dare. At the touch tank visitors can feel the spiny skin of a sea star or sea urchin, get squirted by a sea cucumber or scallop, watch the moon snail pull in its enormous "gooey" foot, and be fascinated by the sea star retracting its stomach!

contact info

Hrs: August - September, Wednesday - Sunday 10AM - 5PM. Closes for the season in October.

Maine State Aquarium

The Maine State Aquarium offers field trips for educational groups and can accommodate special needs and ESL visitors. A presentation of the lobsters, sharks and skates, or animal of your choice can be added to the trip. During the trip your troop can identify and observe animals; get up close and personal with the sharks and skates; discover Mollusks, Arthropods, and Echinoderms in the touch tank; and more. Leaders can use the aquarium activities provided in the field trip guide to keep the visit educational and focused.

supports scout badges in:
Science, Environmental Science.

topics covered:
Animals, Biology, Classification, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Evolution, Marine Life, Science.

contact info
Name: Elaine Jones.
Phone: 207-633-9580
Email: elaine.jones@maine.gov

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10 min. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Performances. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1. Registration: Email, Fax, Mail. Food Options: Bring your own, Outdoor seating. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: No. Accessible To: PD, VI, HI, LD, ASD.

Aquarium Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

• Did you know a sea cucumber can shoot its intestines at predators, and then regrow them, in order to avoid being eaten?

• An electric eel can produce 500 watts of electricity (that’s enough to light up 10 light bulbs) to frighten away predators.

• Dolphins sleep with one half of the brain and one eye open to watch for danger.

• No matter how many pieces you cut a sea sponge into each piece will continue living and growing.

• Ocean life can do amazing things to survive. As you visit an aquarium with your students, note the different ways animals defend themselves. Just like a squid, people wouldn’t bother you either if you squirted black ink in their face!

View Lesson Plan>>

Maine State Aquarium

The Maine State Aquarium features a collection of regional fish and invertebrates, extraordinary lobsters in all sizes and colors, colorful marine life including red sea anemones and sun stars, fascinating northern shrimp, squid, and bottom-dwelling fish. At center stage sharks and skates circle, waiting to be patted by those who dare. At the touch tank visitors can feel the spiny skin of a sea star or sea urchin, get squirted by a sea cucumber or scallop, watch the moon snail pull in its enormous "gooey" foot, and be fascinated by the sea star retracting its stomach!

contact info

Hrs: August - September, Wednesday - Sunday 10AM - 5PM. Closes for the season in October.

Maine State Aquarium

The Maine State Aquarium offers field trips for educational groups and can accommodate special needs and ESL visitors. A presentation of the lobsters, sharks and skates, or animal of your choice can be added to the trip. During the trip campers can identify and observe animals; get up close and personal with the sharks and skates; discover Mollusks, Arthropods, and Echinoderms in the touch tank; and more. Leaders can use the aquarium activities provided in the field trip guide to keep the visit educational and focused. In addition to field trips, the Aquarium also offers classroom resources and classroom animal supplies.

topics covered:
Animals, Biology, Classification, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Evolution, Marine Life, Science.

contact info
Name: Elaine Jones.
Phone: 207-633-9580
Email: elaine.jones@maine.gov

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10 min. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Performances. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1. Registration: Email, Fax, Mail. Food Options: Bring your own, Outdoor seating. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: No. Accessible To: PD, VI, HI, LD, ASD.

Aquarium Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

• Did you know a sea cucumber can shoot its intestines at predators, and then regrow them, in order to avoid being eaten?

• An electric eel can produce 500 watts of electricity (that’s enough to light up 10 light bulbs) to frighten away predators.

• Dolphins sleep with one half of the brain and one eye open to watch for danger.

• No matter how many pieces you cut a sea sponge into each piece will continue living and growing.

• Ocean life can do amazing things to survive. As you visit an aquarium with your students, note the different ways animals defend themselves. Just like a squid, people wouldn’t bother you either if you squirted black ink in their face!

View Lesson Plan>>

Maine State Aquarium

The Maine State Aquarium features a collection of regional fish and invertebrates, extraordinary lobsters in all sizes and colors, colorful marine life including red sea anemones and sun stars, fascinating northern shrimp, squid, and bottom-dwelling fish. At center stage sharks and skates circle, waiting to be patted by those who dare. At the touch tank visitors can feel the spiny skin of a sea star or sea urchin, get squirted by a sea cucumber or scallop, watch the moon snail pull in its enormous "gooey" foot, and be fascinated by the sea star retracting its stomach!

contact info

Hrs: August - September, Wednesday - Sunday 10AM - 5PM. Closes for the season in October.

Maine State Aquarium

The Maine State Aquarium offers field trips for educational groups and can accommodate special needs and ESL visitors. A presentation of the lobsters, sharks and skates, or animal of your choice can be added to the trip. During the trip your group can identify and observe animals; get up close and personal with the sharks and skates; discover Mollusks, Arthropods, and Echinoderms in the touch tank; and more. Educators can use the aquarium activities provided in the field trip guide to keep the visit educational and focused.

supports classroom learning in:
Science, Environmental Studies.

topics covered:
Animals, Biology, Classification, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Evolution, Marine Life, Science.

contact info
Name: Elaine Jones.
Phone: 207-633-9580
Email: elaine.jones@maine.gov

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10 min. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Performances. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1. Registration: Email, Fax, Mail. Food Options: Bring your own, Outdoor seating. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: No. Accessible To: PD, VI, HI, LD, ASD.

Aquarium Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

• Did you know a sea cucumber can shoot its intestines at predators, and then regrow them, in order to avoid being eaten?

• An electric eel can produce 500 watts of electricity (that’s enough to light up 10 light bulbs) to frighten away predators.

• Dolphins sleep with one half of the brain and one eye open to watch for danger.

• No matter how many pieces you cut a sea sponge into each piece will continue living and growing.

• Ocean life can do amazing things to survive. As you visit an aquarium with your students, note the different ways animals defend themselves. Just like a squid, people wouldn’t bother you either if you squirted black ink in their face!

View Lesson Plan>>

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