Student drawing 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.

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

The kelp forest

Biodiversity in the Kelp Forest

The kelp forests of Monterey Bay are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth. What is biodiversity and why is it important? Through hands-on animal observations, students consider the important ecological roles played by myriad interconnected kelp forest organisms. Students also consider ways kelp forest biodiversity impacts people.
California Science Standards

Life Science: 6a, 6b, 8b
Earth Science: 5d, 9a
Investigation and Experimentation: 1a

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Students looking at sea urchins in the Discovery Lab

Carbonated Seas

Global climate change isn't just about rising temperatures and sea levels; the addition of excess carbon dioxide, created through society's burning of fossil fuels, is also making a more acidic ocean. During this class, students investigate the concept of pH, interact with live animals and consider the potential impacts of ocean acidification.

California Science Standards

Earth Science: 4c, 6a, 7b
Life Science: 6b
Chemistry: 5a, 5d
Investigation and Experimentation: 1a

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