Meet others who share your passion for the natural world.
Enjoy an evening social with your friends during a Right Bite dinner. Roll up your pant legs for a sunrise excursion on a local waterway. Discover how your daily living can positively impact the natural world. Even dedicate yourself to learning something new.
Together, we can make a difference.
Shedd Adventures 2013
Shedd Adventures are custom-designed programs for Shedd members. They cater to your love of nature and the outdoors, your curiosity about wildlife and wild places, and your quest for personally meaningful travel.
Beginning in 2013, Shedd Adventures will offer incomparable opportunities to see and experience your favorite animals — such as beluga whales, sea turtles and rainbow-hued reef fishes — in their pristine wild habitats. Shedd Adventures focuses on animals and regions of the world that have intrigued and inspired you during Shedd visits. Now gain a deeper connection to the aquatic world — and the memories of a lifetime — with Shedd Adventures.
Costa Rica — A nature lover’s paradise (Jan. 26 to Feb. 5, 2013)
Galapagos — The enchanted islands (Apr. 19 to 28, 2013)
Mexico — Expedition whale sharks (Jul. 14 to 19, 2013)
Churchill — Belugas and the arctic summer (Aug. 5 to 13, 2013)
Amazon — Riverboat through the rainforest (Nov. 1 to 10, 2013)
Learn more about Shedd's travel programs.
Professional Training Seminars
Join Shedd’s experienced professionals in exploring leading trends in animal training and animal health. With more than 32,000 animals, including invertebrates, fishes, reptiles, birds and mammals, Shedd’s world-renowned facility offers an extraordinary working environment for these unique professional development experiences.
Animal Training Seminar
with Ken Ramirez
Learn industry-leading animal training techniques, with unique access to Shedd’s diverse animal collection. These training methods can be adapted to any species, from marine mammals and a host of terrestrial exotic animals to pet dogs and cats.
Registration for this progam is closed.
Coastal America Partnership’s Ocean Art Contest
Help Protect and Preserve the World’s Ocean
Shedd is accepting submissions for the biennial 2013-2014 Coastal America Ocean Art Contest, now through Dec. 16, 2013. Sponsored by Coastal America, the contest encourages learning about “Ocean Literacy: the Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences” by receiving inspired original artwork and photography from people of all ages.
The winning art will become part of a traveling exhibit that will tour throughout North America, including Washington DC, from June 2014 through July 2015. Participants can enter in either the art or photography categories. Participants submit their entries in one of five age ranges: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and adults.
Artwork will be judged on visual impact, artistic merit and how clearly the work expresses an appreciation of one or more of the Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences:
1. The Earth has one big ocean with many features.
2. The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth.
3. The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate.
4. The ocean makes Earth habitable.
5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.
6. The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected.
7. The ocean is largely unexplored.
Send your hard copy submission to:
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Ocean Art Contest
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Submission Form - English (PDF)
Submission Form - Spanish (PDF)
Rules and Guidelines (PDF)
Ocean Art Contest Poster and Rules (PDF)
Visit the Coastal America blog for more information.