Recently students in grades 5-7 were finally able to take a field trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore (the trip had been rescheduled twice previously due to inclement weather). Not only were the students provided with a guided tour of the aquarium, but they also participated in a unique, hands-on experience in a marine dissecting beginners’ class instructed by a marine biologist. The students dissected squids to determine gender and learn about anatomy. When the students were initially told about the tasks, many were disgusted and nervous to participate. However, after the biologist demonstrated the tasks and the students saw the importance of a marine biologist’s role, the students were eager to participate and learn more. This had such an impression on two of the students that they expressed interest in pursuing a career in marine biology when they grow up!