Students looking at sea urchins in the Discovery Lab

Hour-long Discovery Lab classroom programs provide students with a fun, hands-on introduction to some of Monterey Bay's most precious habitats and the animals that live there. Using live marine invertebrates and the processes of science, students develop an appreciation and understanding of their connection to the ocean. The program includes self-guided time at the Aquarium.

Group Information:

Minimum 15 students, maximum 35 students

Maximum of 12 adults, including teachers allowed in each classroom (extra adults may meet the group after the program ends).

Discovery Labs are recommended for special needs groups. Special needs groups with fewer than 15 students may visit.

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

Program Times (Mon.-Fri.):

9:15-10:15 a.m.
10:45-11:45 a.m.
12:15-1:15 p.m.

This program includes self-guided time at the Aquarium. The 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. groups may explore the Aquarium at the end of the programs, while the 12:15 p.m. group is free to explore before the program begins.

Arrival Time:

The scheduled arrival time for labs starting at 9:15 a.m. is 9:00 a.m. Your group can explore the Aquarium at the end of the program.

The scheduled arrival time for labs starting at 10:45 a.m. is 10:25 a.m. Your group can explore the Aquarium at the end of the program.

The scheduled arrival time for labs starting at 12:15 p.m. is 10:25 a.m. Your group can explore the Aquarium prior to the program.

If you arrive after your designated arrival time, we may not be able to accommodate your students.


Program Options

Student drawing in the Discovery Lab

From Stingers to Spines

Students explore the process of classification as they examine a variety of marine invertebrates and search for shared morphological characteristics. Students develop an understanding of why scientists classify organisms as well as the value of the processes of science.

California Science Standards

Grade 6: 7b, 7d
Grade 7: 3d, 5a, 7a, 7c
Grade 8: 9a, 9e

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Sea stary, photo by Steven K. Webster

Surfers to Sea Stars: The Energy of Waves

Surfers harness the raw energy of ocean waves along California's coast. These waves shape our coastline and define a way of life along rocky and sandy shores. Students examine waves and their influence on invertebrate adaptations through a scientist's lens. Students collect data, interpret models and provide evidence for the unique characteristics of life at the intersection of land and sea.

California Science Standards

Grade 6: 2c, 3a, 5e, 7b, 7c
Grade 7: 7a, 7d
Grade 8: 1a, 1b, 2a, 9a, 9e

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