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High School Shadow Program

Do you want to learn what it takes to become a marine biologist or work with animals at the Aquarium? Our High School Shadow program gives students in grades 9 12 an opportunity to meet up with Aquarium staff and get a behind the scenes look at a day in the life of a marine biologist.

Ages: 9th - 12th Grade
Time:  2pm – 5pm
Cost:  $60

What Does the Program Include?

  • Tour of the Aquarium including a behind the scenes access
  • Visit with a biologist or zoologist
  • Food preparation and animal feeding
  • Visit to Quarantine area, Veterinary office, research lab and engineering
  • Visit to the Water Quality lab and opportunity to test water samples
  • Up-close animal encounter with one of our Education animals
  • Information packet on: marine biology, colleges, interview preparation, test taking skills and career choices

Important Notes:

  • Due to animal safety, exhibit maintenance, or animal health reasons, The Aquarium reserves the right to provide alternative behind the scenes access. .
  • Students need to complete a waiver prior to attending the program.
  • Participants must wear closed-toe shoes for behind the scenes access.

Programs occur the last Thursday of each month, from 2pm – 5pm.

Available Dates:
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Thursday, December 29, 2016

For more information or to schedule a shadowing session, fill out the form below or call 856-361-1025 or email for more information.

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Teen Marine Science Institute

Are you looking for a way for your teen to gain practical experience in Marine Science? The Teen Marine Science Institute not only gives high school students hands-on experiences, advanced marine science content and opportunities to discover biology related careers, but will set them apart from their peers when applying for college.    
Teens will have opportunities to:

  • Work with Dr. Alejandro Vagelli, the Center’s research scientist and Rutgers biology professor. 
    • Learn about field research in Indonesia.  
    • Examine specimens using light microscopy.   
  • Gain animal handling experience:
    • Work with our education animal collection.  Take measurements, weights, and learn exhibit maintenance and recordkeeping.  
  • Explore behind-the-scenes areas
    • Participate in shark feedings, turtle feedings, penguin feedings and more.
    • Use high-tech, professional lab instruments.
  • Conduct research experiments
    • How does artemia react to light?  Does dissolved oxygen affect underwater animals?  Build a better fish by experimenting with tail shapes. 
  • Build professional relationships
    • Visit and network with marine biologists and other scientists at the aquarium. 
    • Explore marine science careers.  
  • Develop public speaking skills
    • Review and discuss current events
  • Develop field work and laboratory practices
    • Keep lab notebooks and participate in dissections
    • Use quadrats, refractometers, seines, and other professional scientific equipment.

The Teen Marine Science Institute meets the third Saturday of each month between April and June, with an additional field trip session the last Saturday of June.  Students must attend 3 of the 5 Aquarium sessions to attend the field trip. 
Cost:  $80 per Aquarium Session, $100 for Field Trip
Book all 6 sessions for only $450
Time:  10:30 am - 3pm (April to June, Field trip 9am - 3:30pm)

  • Saturday, April 16 – Introduction to Marine Sciences
  • Saturday, April 30 -- The Invertebrates
  • Saturday, May 14 – Fish and Sharks
  • Saturday, May 28 -- Birds and Reptiles
  • Saturday, June 11 – Marine Mammals and Conservation
  • Saturday, June 25 – Field Trip

You can register below, or for information email or call 856-361-1025.

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