162 posts categorized "Kids and teens"

November 15, 2013

DuPage County Fifth-Graders Release Smallmouth Bass and Learn about Big Sustainable Seafood Issues

Bass in the Class

Imagine you’re a fifth-grader. You’re interested in friends, fun extracurricular activities, new movies and… how about sustainable seafood? 

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November 09, 2013

GLAD Season Ends with Smiles, Results

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Notice anything different when you’re walking along the lakeshore? It’s cold! Along with cooler temperatures, shorter days and changing leaves, it’s also the end of our Great Lakes Action Days (GLAD) season.

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September 13, 2013

Having fun while being safe in the Great Lakes


Hands down, the Great Lakes offer some of the world’s best opportunities for water recreation, and there’s no shortage of fun to be had on these truly magnificent lakes.

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August 27, 2013

Dog Days at Shedd: Meet Dory and Coral

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Our current heat wave has appropriately coincided with National Dog Day, Aug. 26. The sultry days of late summer have been called the Dog Days since Roman times. The warmer-than-your-furry-friend weather was associated with the prominence of Sirius, the Dog Star and the brightest feature in the constellation Canis Major, or Greater Dog.

We’re quite Sirius when we say that Shedd’s trio of talented canines—all adopted from Chicago-area shelters—are both great and stars.

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May 11, 2013

Migratory Bird Day and Red-wing Springs

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To celebrate International Migratory Bird Day—today!—we’re going to look at one of the most conspicuous migratory species that you’ll see on Shedd’s grounds. From its high-pitched trill to a flash of red on black to the surprising thunk on the back of your head, the red-winged blackbird is hard to ignore.

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April 18, 2013

This Remote Is for Hands-on Science

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We are in the middle of National Environmental Education Week. Nature is the best classroom, but sometimes you need a little technological help to dive deeper.

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March 01, 2013

National Invasive Species Awareness Week

If you wonder what National Invasive Species Awareness Week, March 3 to 8, means to you, consider this: More than 180 invasive species have adopted the Great Lakes ecosystem as home.

One-eighty. And counting.

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September 06, 2012

September Fish of the Month: Lake Whitefish, Trap-Net Caught

Choices on family meals can contribute to healthier, more environmentally-sustainable food systems – sushi is no exception! Overfishing, destructive fishing gear and destructive fish farming methods put our aquatic ecosystems at risk. By purchasing sushi made from fish that are caught or farmed using environmentally-friendly practices, you can support the health of our lakes and oceans while ensuring your kids will have a robust seafood supply in their future. As a parent, how can you translate these big ideas to your young eater? Step away from the fish sticks and pick up a bamboo mat: it’s time to get cooking!

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August 27, 2012

A Whale of a Birth Announcement


The Shedd Aquarium family is delighted to announce the birth of beluga whale Mauyak’s calf. The little whale—estimated at 4½ feet and 150 pounds—arrived at 2 a.m. today after a smooth labor. Both mom and calf are doing well, and the calf appears to be strong.

As with any marine mammal birth, Shedd’s animal care and animal health staff members remain cautious during these early hours as they watch for the calf to pass a number of critical milestones. But the little beluga is in the best care possible—Mauyak is an experienced mom, and she has a support crew of trainers and veterinarians who are monitoring the pair around the clock.

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June 08, 2012

Youth: The Next Wave for Change

The theme for this year’s World Oceans Day is Youth: The Next Wave for Change. By participating in Shedd Aquarium’s work-study program, Chicago-area teens can become just that: the change that they want to see in others. Over the course of their time at Shedd, the teens in the work-study program develop into role models for the guests that they interact with daily in the galleries and exhibits. As they become members of the workforce, they also discover their own passions and how to share them with others.

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