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National Aquarium In Baltimore, Inc.

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Pier 3 - 501 East Pratt Street Baltimore MD 21202 USA


To inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures.


Biological programsthe national aquarium's living collection includes more than 17,000 animals from more than 750 species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and marine mammals that live in award-winning, re-created habitats. The biological programs department provides the best possible care for all animals in the collection and works to promote the conservation of wild populations and their habitats. In addition, biological programs staff conducts scientific research and field work to support species and habitat conservation, with a strong emphasis on the chesapeake bay.

conservation educationthe national aquarium's education programs help students and teachers gain leadership skills and improve science learning, especially at a time when school districts struggle to provide hands-on environmental education opportunities. Conservation programs, both on-site and in the field, guide participants toward more personal and sustainable relationships with the natural world, inspiring students to enjoy, respect and protect the aquatic world. Each year, more than 113,000 students and chaperones visit the national aquarium, with approximately 11,000 coming from baltimore city, which has many struggling schools. The free admission program, available to maryland schools, introduces students to environmental conservation and marine science. Programs for teachers and school-aged youth include curriculum support; teacher orientations, workshops, and other trainings; school group tours; and grade-appropriate classroom programs that meet national and state curriculum standards.

guest operationsas an institution accredited by the association of zoos and aquariums (aza), the national aquarium is a leader in its field and embraces the highest quality facilities, programs, and staff available. Since opening in 1981, more than 47 million guests have learned about the rich diversity of life through the aquarium's exhibits and by participating in its guest programs. Programming for guests includes animal encounters, feeding and diving demonstrations, guided tours, classroom programs, auditorium presentations, hands-on discovery cart interactions, and other enrichment activities and special events.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our 8 year old son is growing up with yearly visits to the National Aquarium. Besides the education factor, the FUN and stimulation of the WOW exhibits makes a difference in his life! Great staff who cares for the visitor and their animals! What a safe, clean, and FUN adventure at the Inner Harbor.

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Our 80 year old father has become an unofficial herpetologist with a man-made pond at his home. He loves going to the National Aquarium to get ideas for adding to his animal collection and his back-yard exhibit! the grand-kids give him admission money to support the animal husbandry! ;) from frogs to turtles.

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Animal exhibit is the main focus, the interaction with the staff and voluteer team with visitors should have a spot light too.

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Every time I visit the National Aquarium with my family, we see a new animal, learn a new fact, enjoy a new interaction, and reinforce our collective believe that there is a greater power in our universe. The Aquarium is one of the few remaining public venues that can entertain and educate a group ranging from a toddler to a grandparent. We are so fortunate to have such a treasure in our City. Thank you for everything you have done for my family and our community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing untold number of school kids become inspired to preserve and protect our environment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide it greater resources so that it could reach more people with its invaluable message of aquatic conservation.

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