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

Chambered nautilus

Cephalopods: Fact and Fiction

What is a cephalopod? Students will find out during this 25-minute multimedia introduction in the auditorium. This diverse class within the phylum Mollusca includes octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus. By exploring fictional stories and current science, students will discover the unique adaptations these animals share with each other and other molluscs. They will also learn what it takes to display these mysterious animals at the Aquarium. After the program, students will explore the Aquarium with their chaperones to find the amazing diversity of Molluscan life, including those in our newest exhibit, Tentacles: The Astounding Life of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes!

"Cephalopods: Fact and Fiction" Exploration Booklet (PDF)

California Science Standards

Grade 6: 5c, 5e, 7d, 7e
Grade 7: 5a, 7c, 7e
Grade 8: 8c, 8d

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Deep sea animal

Dive into the Deep

If aliens exist, do they only live in outer space? Join us on a virtual dive to the bottom of the Monterey Canyon, where we'll reveal the bizarre creatures that live in the darkness of the deep. During a 25-minute introduction in the auditorium, we'll use amazing images and video footage to "dive" into the cold, dark waters of the Monterey Canyon. Using the latest technologies from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), we'll peer into the largest, most mysterious habitat on earth.

Together, we'll discover the unique adaptations deep sea animals have for surviving the extremes of the depths, and learn about the connection between ourselves and what lies beneath the deep sea.

"Dive into the Deep" Exploration Booklet (PDF)

California Science Standards

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

The Dive into the Deep program will be available beginning February 2015.

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