CELC online resources

Missing your favorite aquariums? Don’t worry! 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. 

Carmen, a Magellanic Penguin, and Kayavak, a Beluga Whale greet each other during Shedd Aquarum's temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Virtual Animal Encounter
Center for Aquatic Sciences 
When: Monday 4/26, 5:00 - 5:30 pm
City Nature Challenge: Baltimoreoffsite link
National Aquarium 
When: Friday 4/30, All day
Aquarium Aquatic Academy programsoffsite 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 Enrichmentoffsite link
NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
When: Wednesday, 10:00 am 
Virtual Behind-The-Scenes Tour: Sea Turtle Conservationoffsite link
NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
When: Thursday, 3:00 pm
Virtual Behind-The-Scenes Tour: Sharksoffsite link
NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
When: Tuesday, 2:30 pm
Whale of a Workoutoffsite link
NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
When: First Tuesday of the month, 9:30 am
Behind the Scenes Virtual Field Tripsoffsite link
Shedd Aquarium
When: First Tuesday - Friday, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Teacher In-Serviceoffsite link
Shedd Aquarium
When: 3/18, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Virtual Penguin Encounteroffsite link
Shedd Aquarium
When: Friday - Sunday, 2:00 pm
Virtual Sea Otter Encounteroffsite link
Shedd Aquarium
When: Tuesday - Thursday 12:00 pm, Saturday + Sunday, 7:00 pm
Virtual Sea Lion Encounteroffsite link
Shedd Aquarium
When: Saturday + Sunday, 4:00 pm
Live underwater beauty camoffsite link
Shedd Aquarium
When: Ongoing
Live otteroffsite link, underwater puffinoffsite link, and penguinoffsite link cams
Georgia Aquarium
When: Ongoing
Live exhibit camsoffsite link
National Aquarium
When: Ongoing
Live Mississippi River and North American river otteroffsite link cams
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
When: Ongoing
Live seal and otteroffsite link cams
Seattle Aquarium
When: Daily, 12:00 - 9:00 pm
Live otteroffsite link, jellyoffsite link, and penguinoffsite 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 Tripsoffsite 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 guidesoffsite 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 exhibitoffsite link
Octopus feedingoffsite link
Penguin feedingoffsite 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 exhibitoffsite link
Octopus feedingoffsite link

Digital learning resources and curricula

Become an expert with digital learning resources and curricula.

Cooper and Watson were rescued by Monterey Bay Aquarium in July and found their homes at Shedd Aquarium's sea otter nursery pool.
Adventure Aquarium
Page flipper book cluboffsite link (for adults)
Aquarium of the Pacific
On demand: global climate change
Ocean to tableoffsite link
Career connectionsoffsite link
Future of food: sustainability seriesoffsite link
Our water futureoffsite link
Aquarium online academyoffsite link
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Digital learning resourcesoffsite link
Make your own squid puppetoffsite link for K-eighth grade
Discovery Hall Facebook page
Florida Aquarium
At home resourcesoffsite link for all ages
Georgia Aquarium
At-home learningoffsite link
Lesson plansoffsite link
STEAM forwardoffsite link
Field guidesoffsite link
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Animal Crossing: New Horizons episodesoffsite link
Science curriculumoffsite link
Games and activities offsite link
Learning at homeoffsite 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 familiesoffsite link
Seattle Aquarium
Animal factsoffsite link and activity sheetsoffsite link
Infographic libraryoffsite link
Shedd Aquarium
Sea curiousoffsite link
NextGen animal responders curriculumoffsite link
Stay Home with Shedd Video Seriesoffsite link
Underwater Beauty Interactive Learningoffsite link
Keep Sharks Swimmingoffsite link
Interactive Learningoffsite link
National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
Social distance learning resourcesoffsite link
Vancouver Aquarium
Online oceansoffsite link
Ocean literacy for 3-6 gradeoffsite link, 7-9 gradeoffsite link and 10-12 gradeoffsite link
Átl’ka7tsem/ Txwnéwu7ts/ Howe Soundoffsite link Education Kit

Archived content

Missed a live showing? Catch up with archived content.

A sea lion is captured in mid-backflip off the California coast. Image credit: Robert Schwemmer, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.
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 aquaristoffsite 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 Liveoffsite 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!