The Shaw Institute aims to use its scientific research projects as opportunities for the public to learn about our work and provide an inclusive learning environment for the community. We offer educational programs for all ages from grade schoolers to lifelong learners. From hosting groups for lectures and hands-on activities to story time with Charlie the Shark and visits to assisted living facilities, we have many options available.

Lab Tours

Join our staff for a behind-the-scenes lab tour. We’ll look at our scientific research, learn about plastic pollution and its impacts on the environment and human health, and discover what 30 years of coastal monitoring in the Blue Hill Peninsula has shown us.


Interested in learning more about what the Shaw Institute works on and how it impacts the environment? We offer presentations for all ages on a range of topics, from our research to ocean conservation.

Storytime with Charlie the Shark

Meet our resident shark, Charlie. He loves to read books to kids about the ocean, teaching them why taking care of the ocean is important for us all. Your school or youth group will find the experience to be engaging and most of all … fun! 

Bacteria Investigators

The Shaw Institute has been conducting coastal monitoring for over 15 years, testing popular beach sites around the Blue Hill Peninsula. Groups will explore their local watershed and learn about pollution and nutrient runoff, how this affects them, and what they can do.

Majestic Mammals

Get a hands-on look at some of the largest mammals on earth. Groups will interact with fin, humpback, and minke whale bones as they explore what they eat, where they live, their conservation status, and much more!

All programs can be adapted or combined. Please contact our Special Projects Coordinator for more information.