Student looking at branacles in the Discovery Lab

Since opening in 1984, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has maintained a focus on education, providing free visits for over two million schoolchildren. Our Field Trip programs are designed for students to learn, have fun and discover their connections to the ocean while exploring the Aquarium's exhibits and programs.

Field Trips

PreK–12 Teachers: Schedule a school group to visit May 27, 2014–August 28, 2015

Note: To be eligible for a free field trip, school groups (with the exception of PreK) must be visiting in conjunction with a regularly scheduled class for which they receive a transcript grade or comparable academic credit. Reservations must be made at least two weeks prior to the visit date.

Begin the reservation process

Please make your Field Trip reservation using a desktop or laptop computer as our online reservations system isn't compatible with mobile devices.

Cancel or Change an Existing Reservation

To cancel or change an existing reservation call the Sales & Reservation Center: 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Mon.–Fri. (except holidays) (866) 963-9645 toll-free in the U.S.


Home School Days

Reservations for the 2014–15 school year are now sold out.

If you were unable to make a reservation, please e-mail schoolprograms@mbayaq.org and ask to be added to our waiting list. Reservations for the 2015–16 school year will open in fall 2015.

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Other Groups

Schedule a visit or get more information. Call the Sales & Reservation Center: 8–a.m.–5 p.m., Mon.–Fri. (except holidays) (866) 963-9645 toll-free in the U.S.

Youth Groups, School Clubs and Extracurricular Groups

Includes school clubs, bands, choirs, athletic teams, debate teams and all other extracurricular activity groups. Also includes Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, summer enrichment programs, etc. These groups are eligible for discounted price for youth and free admission for a number of chaperones.

Adult Education Groups

Includes adult parenting classes, adult literacy classes and post-secondary classes for special needs adults. These groups are eligible for complimentary admission for all adult students and instructors.

College Marine Science and Teacher Training Groups

Includes ONLY marine science or teacher training groups visiting in conjunction with a regularly scheduled class for which they receive a transcript grade or comparable academic credit. These groups are eligible for complimentary admission for all college students and instructors. MUST enter as a group to get complimentary admission.

Other College Groups

Includes all other college classes or college groups visiting for recreation. These groups are eligible for discounted price for students and free admission for instructor.