CELC online resources

NOAA’s CELC network has put together a list of fun virtual educational activities for all ages to enjoy at home. Whether it’s watching how to train sea lions, getting a virtual tour of some of our partner aquarium’s exciting research labs and exhibits, or watching penguins take their afternoon wobble through their home, you’ll find it all below. 

A beluga and a penguin stare at each other in an aquarium
Carmen, a Magellanic Penguin, and Kayavak, a Beluga Whale greet each other during Shedd Aquarium's temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Shedd Aquarium)

We will continue to update this list and make past events available in our archived section, so stay tuned and stay well.

*Note: These activities can be completed at home, but please be sure to follow the latest social-distancing and other health safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and your local health authorities

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Live events and cams

Straight to your living room, stream special live events. (All times listed are in EDT.)

Shedd Aquarium staff hold two orphaned southern sea otter pups rescued by Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Aquarium Aquatic Academy programs offsite link
Aquarium of the Pacific
When: Monday - Friday, 12:00 - 5:30 pm 
Turtle Talk program
South Carolina Aquarium
When: Wednesday, 10:00 am 
Live Visit
South Carolina Aquarium
When: Tuesday, 10:00 am
Virtual Behind-The-Scenes Tour: Bird Training and Enrichment offsite link
NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
When: Wednesday, 10:00 am 
Virtual Behind-The-Scenes Tour: Sea Turtle Conservation offsite link
NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
When: Thursday, 3:00 pm
Virtual Behind-The-Scenes Tour: Sharks offsite link
NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
When: Tuesday, 2:30 pm
Whale of a Workout offsite link
NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
When: First Tuesday of the month, 9:30 am
Teacher In-Service offsite link
Shedd Aquarium
Virtual Penguin Encounter offsite link
Shedd Aquarium
When: Friday - Sunday, 2:00 pm
Virtual Sea Otter Encounter offsite link
Shedd Aquarium
When: Tuesday - Thursday 12:00 pm, Saturday + Sunday, 7:00 pm
Virtual Sea Lion Encounter offsite link
Shedd Aquarium
When: Saturday + Sunday, 4:00 pm
Live underwater beauty cam offsite link
Shedd Aquarium
When: Ongoing
Live otter offsite link, underwater puffin offsite link, and penguin offsite link cams
Georgia Aquarium
When: Ongoing
Live exhibit cams offsite link
National Aquarium
When: Ongoing
Live Mississippi River and North American river otter offsite link cams
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
When: Ongoing
Live seal and otter offsite link cams
Seattle Aquarium
When: Daily, 12:00 - 9:00 pm
Live otter offsite link, jelly offsite link, and penguin offsite link cams
Vancouver Aquarium
When: Ongoing
Live Hawaiian monk seal cam
Waikiki Aquarium
When: Ongoing

Virtual tours

Skip the lines with aquarium virtual tours.

Horse-eye jacks (Caranx latus) swim by a National Ocean Service diver during a safety stop.
Alaska SeaLife Center
Virtual Field Trips offsite link
New England Aquarium
Environmental quality lab
Edge of the sea
Sharks and rays touch tanks
Lobster lab
Giant ocean tank
Quincy animal care facility & dwarf seahorse breeding program
Seattle Aquarium
Virtual field trip
Texas State Aquarium
Virtual tour with aquavision

Audio guides

Sit back, listen, and learn with audio guides.

A brown sea nettle (Chrysaora fuscescens) drifting through Monterey Harbor in California.
Shedd Aquarium
Downloadable audio guides offsite link

Animal interactions

Get up close and personal with animal interactions.

Grey reef sharks and colorful schools of​ ​​anthias in the waters of Jarvis Island, Pacific Remote Island Areas Marine National Monument.
New England Aquarium
Armored and venomous fish feeding
Lobster feeding at boulder reef exhibit offsite link
Octopus feeding offsite link
Penguin feeding offsite link
Sea lion training
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores 
Otter feeding
Shedd Aquarium
Armored and venomous fish feeding
Lobster feeding at boulder reef exhibit offsite link
Octopus feeding offsite link

Digital learning resources and curricula

Become an expert with digital learning resources and curricula.

Two sea otters lie on a blue and green blanket
Adventure Aquarium
Page flipper book club offsite link (for adults)
Aquarium of the Pacific
On demand: global climate change
Ocean to table offsite link
Career connections offsite link
Future of food: sustainability series offsite link
Our water future offsite link
Aquarium online academy offsite link
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Digital learning resources offsite link
Make your own squid puppet offsite link for K-eighth grade
Discovery Hall Facebook page
Florida Aquarium
At home resources offsite link for all ages
Georgia Aquarium
At-home learning offsite link
Lesson plans offsite link
STEAM forward offsite link
Field guides offsite link
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Animal Crossing: New Horizons episodes offsite link
Science curriculum offsite link
Games and activities offsite link
Learning at home offsite link
National Aquarium
At home activities offsite link(including crafts!)
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores 
At home educator videos (including crafts!)
Story time videos
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve 
Virtual resources for families offsite link
Seattle Aquarium
Animal facts offsite link and activity sheets offsite link
Infographic library offsite link
Shedd Aquarium
Sea curious offsite link
NextGen animal responders curriculum offsite link
Stay Home with Shedd Video Series offsite link
Underwater Beauty Interactive Learning offsite link
Keep Sharks Swimming offsite link
Interactive Learning offsite link
National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
Social distance learning resources offsite link
Vancouver Aquarium
Online oceans offsite link
Ocean literacy for 3-6 grade offsite link, 7-9 grade offsite link and 10-12 grade offsite link
Ocean Watch Education Kit: Átl’ḵa7tsem - Txwnéwu7ts Howe Sound Edition offsite link

Archived content

Missed a live showing? Catch up with archived content.

A sea lion does a backflip out of the water
Aquarium of the Pacific
Prek - second grade programs
Third - fifth grade programs
Sixth - eighth grade programs 
Ninth - 12th grade programs
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Ask the aquarist offsite link
Ask the scientist
What's an invertebrate? offsite link
Georgia Aquarium
Deep sea learning
The Florida Aquarium
Facebook Live: Escape Galapagos — live story time with Dr. Prager
New England Aquarium
Sharks! Live presentation with National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry
First Fridays Facebook Live offsite link
New York Aquarium
Family-friendly learning opportunities on Instagram
South Carolina Aquarium
Gotta sand shark? offsite link
Waikiki Aquarium 
Ocean Spotlight video series
Ask the Aquarium Director Live!