Gill’s Club

The Gills Club and WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium are teaming up for a new girls focused STEM initiative!

The Gills Club is now hosting meetings with WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium! The Gills Club is an education initiative of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, and has partnered with WAVE Foundation in a free program series for girls ages 6-13, where they can connect with community mentors and female scientists actively working in STEM-related fields at Newport Aquarium, sharing knowledge and inspiring shark and ocean conservation. To learn more about AWSC, please visit or

Each meeting will cover a new topic, meet a new expert, and include hands on activities. Gills Club members that attend all 6 sessions in our debut year will earn a reward! Meetings will be held on select Saturday’s and are open to WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium Gills Club members, girls ages 6–13; must be accompanied by an adult. Register online now to reserve your free spot in our new club!


Session 10: April 13th 9:00-11:00am

Whale Sharks: Gentle Giants

Session 11: June 15th 9:00-11:00am

Riversweep! Join WAVE Foundation as we help protect our local waterways, which in turn helps us protect our sharks! (All Gills must fill out a waiver at check-in, and volunteers under 18 must have a guardian present. Special Riversweep t-shirts and pizza will be provided!)

Session 12: August 17th 9:00-11:00am

Shark Dissection: get messy and dissect spiny dogfish sharks as we learn more about what makes sharks unique.

Session 13: October 26th 9:00-11:00am

Trick Or Treat! Learn about the deep-sea animals some might find spooky. Come wearing your Halloween costume- we will have prizes for shark/scientist/ocean themed costumes! We’ll also be celebrating our 2 year anniversary of the Gills Club at Newport Aquarium!

Session 14: December 14th 9:00-11:00am

All I Want for Christmas is Shark Week!




If you have questions about the Gills Club, please email Lauren Beatty, Conservation Education Coordinator, at or call 859-815-1422.

By completing this form, I agree that my child has permission to participate in all activities and that WAVE Foundation and Newport Aquarium have permission to use my child’s name and photograph for educational and public relations purposes related to the Newport Aquarium and the WAVE Foundation.

If your Gill is already registered for one or both of these meetings, there is no need to re-register. We will transfer over all Gills, unless we receive notification that you can no longer attend. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you this fall!