Students in the Auditorium at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

These 25-minute programs set the stage for a fun, focused visit! Enjoy the "inside stories" of the Monterey Bay Aquarium starting in the auditorium, where our educators use rich media to prepare your students and chaperones to explore the Aquarium and to provide them with a focus for their visit. Your group will continue to our exhibit areas where students and chaperones use an Aquarium-provided Exploration Booklet filled with activities designed to promote interesting conversations and focused observation at exhibits. The program includes self-guided time at the Aquarium.

Group Information:

Minimum 30 students, maximum 140 students

A maximum of three consecutive grade levels can be accommodated in one Ocean Explorers auditorium program. Siblings not enrolled in the class with the reservation are not allowed to participate in the program.

Ocean Explorers programs are not recommended for special needs groups.

Program Times (Mon.-Fri.):

9:40-10:05 a.m.
10:15-10:40 a.m.
10:50-11:15 a.m.

Arrival Time:

Check-in time is 15 minutes before each program starts. If you arrive after your designated arrival time, we may not be able to provide a program for your students.


Program Options

Freaky Fish

Freaky Fish

What really makes a fish a fish? From tails to scales, join us in the auditorium to explore the awesome adaptations fish have to survive in their underwater world! Understand the characteristics that all fish share, while learning about the two major groups of fish we exhibit at the Aquarium.

Through incredible underwater photography, during this 25-minute introduction, we'll focus on the truly bizarre, "freaky" fish whose unique adaptations allow them to survive in some of the most challenging habitats in the world. You'll see (with a fish's-eye view) the roles and adaptations that make fish such fascinating and fantastic creatures!

"Freaky Fish" Exploration Booklet (PDF)
"Freaky Fish" Exploration Booklet (PDF) (Español)

California Science Standards

Grade 3: 3a, 3b, 3d
Grade 4: 3a
Grade 5: 2a, 6a

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Hammerhead shark

Sharks: The Real Story

You may have heard about our great white shark visitors, but do you know the real story? Begin your journey in the auditorium with an Aquarium educator who will give you the "inside scoop" and share some behind-the-scenes footage of the Aquarium's work with white sharks.

During this 25-minute introduction, we'll also look at the world's great diversity of sharks, compare other sharks to white sharks and learn about different sharks we exhibit here at the Aquarium. Are they frightening—or fascinating? By the time you leave, you'll be able to share a shark's "real story" with everyone back home.

"Sharks: The Real Story" Exploration Booklet (PDF)
"Sharks: The Real Story" Exploration Booklet (PDF) (Español)

California Science Standards

Grade 3: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 5b
Grade 4: 2a, 2b, 3b, 6a
Grade 5: 2a, 6a

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