Project SAIL (Sponsored Admission for Instruction and Learning) is an initiative to ensure that diverse audiences, regardless of economic status, have an opportunity to participate in the Aquarium’s on-site educational programs at no cost to the school. Title I schools in Mississippi are eligible to apply for funds to cover the admission costs associated with instructor-led or self-guided field trips. In some cases, transportation costs may also be covered. Project SAIL is funded by the generosity of corporations, foundations, and individuals who support Mississippi Aquarium educational programming through charitable donations.
What better way to inspire minds and create connections to the natural world than a journey full of aquatic wonder!
To maximize the opportunities for deserving students, Mississippi Aquarium will sponsor a maximum number of students from a single school per calendar year and the number of chaperones needed to maintain mandatory supervision ratios (i.e., 1:5 for grades K-2 or 1:10 for grades 3-12). The sponsorship may be applied to admission costs for instructor-led or self-guided field trips.
Teachers or administrators from schools, where the percentage of low-income students exceeds 50%, may apply on behalf of their respective groups. Applications are reviewed quarterly, and applicants should submit completed application by the deadline dates outlined below.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 1, 2021
FIELD TRIP DATES: November 1 - December 31, 2021
APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 7, 2022
FIELD TRIP DATES: February 7 - March 31, 2022
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2022
FIELD TRIP DATES: May 2 - May 31, 2022
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 9, 2022
FIELD TRIP DATES: October 10 - November 4, 2022
APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 2, 2022
FIELD TRIP DATES: January 16 - February 28, 2023
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 3, 2023
FIELD TRIP DATES: April 3 - May 31, 2023