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Snow Safari Winter Recess Camp

Looking for something for your child to do during Duluth public schools winter recess?  Join MinnAqua, Great Lakes Aquarium, and the Lake Superior Zoo for three days of winter fun.  Go ice fishing with MinnAqua, explore life at the Aquarium, and try to survive like an animal at the Zoo.

$40 for members (includes LSZoo and GLA members) and $50 for non-members

For kids in grades 3-5.  Pre-registration is required!  Registration deadline: February 18

More information: contact Lindsay at 218-740-2027 or lbrandt @

MinnAqua/Great Lakes Aquarium
Ice Fishing Camp

Date: Monday, Jan. 17
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 3 – 12
Cost: $15/non-members, $10/members

Join the DNR MinnAqua program and Great Lakes Aquarium for one of the Northland’s most popular winter adventures! Participants will build their own jiggle sticks, discover life beneath the ice, and go ice fishing on a local lake. All transportation, program materials and equipment are provided!

Please contact Lindsay Brandt for more information:  218-740-2027 or lbrandt @ Pre-registration is required! Registration deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 12

Whirligigs Preschool Program at Great Lakes Aquarium — New Winter Session!

Back by popular demand, the Whirligigs Preschool Program will have a new winter session!  Enroll your child in the exciting Whirligigs Preschool Program at Great Lakes Aquarium. Sponsored in part by the MinnAqua DNR Program, this is a 1.5 hour drop-off program for children ages 3-5. 

Winter Adventures Holiday Camp

When: Dec. 27-30
Who: Youth in grades 3-8
Where: Great lakes Aquarium, Positive Energy Outdoor (Ed)Ventures Site (15 mi. north of Duluth)
Cost: $145 (this includes snacks, materials, and equipment for the entire camp)

Youth Program Quality Assessment Workshop at Great Lakes Aquarium

Facilitator: Stephanie Love
When: Friday, Oct. 29 from 8:30am – 1pm
Where: Great Lakes Aquarium Board Room

Discovery Dock After School Program

Discovery Dock is a drop-off after school program where students will have the opportunity to receive tutoring and educational programming on science topics. Students will also be given time to explore the exhibit floor with each session. Lessons this fall semester will include themed topics consistent with current phenology, astronomy, holidays, and current events.

Place: Great Lakes Aquarium
When: Weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays
Time: 3:30-5:00
Who: Students in 4th-6th Grade
Cost: $5/members and $7.50/non-members
**Minimum of 5 students per session required

Contact for Lindsay Brandt for more information: [email protected] or (218)740-3474 ext. 1027

Fishing for Fossils – Sneak Peek Exhibit!

Did you know prehistoric sharks once swam Northland waters and crocodiles roamed our region? These are just two surprising facts revealed in “Fishing for Fossils,” a special month-long exhibit opening Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Great Lakes Aquarium. It will run through Labor Day Weekend.

The exhibit features numerous fossils of ancient fish and creatures that once inhabited what is now the Great Lakes Basin. Some fossil artifacts are part of the Aquarium’s in-house collection, and others are on loan from outside sources, including Hill Annex Mine State Park in Calumet, Minn.

Hill Annex Mine State Park is rich with fossils, dating back to before the glaciers. The iron ore deposit that spans the Iron Range is the shoreline of a vast, ancient inland sea. It is riddled with fossil deposits from prehistoric times, including teeth from sharks and crocodiles, plus evidence of ancient invertebrates. Fossil finds in other areas covered by this ancient sea include the remains of plesiosaurs and other giant aquatic reptiles from the age of dinosaurs.

Whirligigs Preschool Program

Enroll your child in the exciting Whirligigs Preschool Program at Great Lakes Aquarium! Sponsored in part by the MinnAqua DNR Program, this is a 1.5 hour drop-off program for children ages 3-5. Topics and dates this fall are as follows:

Oct. 12/13: The True Colors of Trees
Oct. 19/20: Going Batty
Oct. 26/27: Jack-O-Lanterns Galore
Nov. 2/3: Weather Detectives
Nov. 9/10: Squirrelly Squirrels
Nov. 16/17: Tremendous Turkeys

Classes are filling up quickly! Contact Lindsay for registration information: lbrandt @ or 218-740-2031.