Bring the Shedd Aquarium to Your Library

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Live from Behind the Scenes at Shedd Aquarium

The Live from Behind the Scenes program brings Shedd experts, from trainers to veterinarians, and animals to your library for a live, virtual 50-minute interactive experience. The minimum equipment you will need for this connection is a computer connected to the internet, webcam and/or microphone, and equipment to project the computer onto a large screen for the group to see. Each session is unique because it is happening in real time as Shedd’s experts do their daily work — with your members/patrons alongside them. Each program includes activities such as identifying animals from X-rays and designing shark identification tags, and Q&A with a member of the animal care team. The program rotates between three different locations in the aquarium – Penguins, Animal Health, and Sharks. (See when each is offered in the Program Calendar)

  • Penguins at Shedd – Shedd Aquarium is a long way from the chilly waters of the Southern Hemisphere. So how does Shedd provide a habitat for Magellanic and rockhopper penguins that meets their specific needs? Join us inside the penguin habitat to observe these animals up close and learn some of the surprising ways in which Shedd staffers care for these charismatic birds.
  • Sharks at Shedd – Get up close and personal with some of our most popular Wild Reef residents: sharks! Witness how Shedd staff members feed these animals, design an identifiable tag for different shark species and even calculate how much food our sandbar sharks eat! Explore the Wild Reef habitat from behind the scenes and inside the shark habitat during this exciting program.
  • Animal Health at Shedd – Join us for a routine animal examination in Shedd’s state-of-the-art animal hospital. Students observe alongside Shedd’s veterinary staff as they interpret X-rays, vital signs and behavior to assess an animal’s health. Students can ask members of our veterinary team questions and hear about the unique challenges that come with caring for such a diverse collection.

The programs are best for attendees between 5-15 years old, however we open to adaptations and accommodations. If you have more questions about the program offerings or are interested in booking, please feel free to visit the Live from Behind the Scenes webpage, the FAQ webpage, or you can email me directly. Hopefully we can bring some amazing experiences to your members and patrons in the coming months. Please share with others if you think they may find this information useful.




Max Metz Jr.
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Se habla español.
Learning Specialist
Learning Programs
John G. Shedd Aquarium
p (312) 692-3165