New England Aquarium
Mission: "To increase understanding of aquatic life and environments, to enable people to act to conserve the world of water, and to provide leadership for the preservation and sustainable use of aquatic resources."
Open to the public: Yes
Admission: Adult: $15.95, Child: $8.95, Seniors: $13.95. The whale watching and IMAX Theater are an additional cost.
Exhibits: The programs are designed to emphasis the species, habitats, and issues critical to New England. The Aquarium offers a wide variety of activities both in the Aquarium itself and in the bay, such as whale and sea lion observation trips. In the Aquarium there is an extensive display on penguins and Caribbean Coral Reef Exhibit is a major draw for people.
Events and Activities: There are programs for students, teachers, and just regular quests in the form of tours, lectures, and informational sessions. There are also specific programs that are offered throughout the year (for additional information you can visit their website). They also offer summer camps for students. They also offer the opportunity to have a representative come to your school or group to discuss what they do at the Aquarium and provide information in a more intimate forum.
Additional Resources: Their website provides links to other local preservation and animal activist groups who have joined their efforts with the Aquarium. In addition there are links for students, teachers, and parents.
Behind the Scenes: The New England Aquarium is involved in research most specifically the preservation and quality of life for the local species as well as research in other parts of the world. The Aquarium is also an animal hospital and a haven for rescued animals. Tours of the medical center are available and the staff is always available to answer questions.
Volunteer Opportunities: There are many volunteer opportunities offered to a wide range of ages, for additional information visit their website.
Prepared by SK