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

Sea otters

Sea Otters: Your Connection to Conservation

Of all ocean animals, sea otters are a perennial favorite. But a foray beyond the fur reveals an animal facing complex challenges. Southern sea otters once ranged from Baja California to the Pacific Northwest, but today they're found only along California's central coast and at a fraction of their historic numbers. The population grows slowly, when it grows at all. What's behind this mystery? Do we suspect disease, parasites or coastal pollution?

Join an Aquarium educator in the auditorium for a 25-minute introduction to the research being conducted by the Aquarium's Sea Otter Program. Learn how the Aquarium's studies of wild and exhibit otters help us all to better understand the complex issues facing sea otter populations.

"Sea Otters: Your Connection to Conservation" Exploration Booklet (PDF)

California Science Standards

Earth Science: 9c
Life Science: 6a, 6b, 6c, 7d
Investigation and Experimentation: 1a, 1d, 1h, 1k, 1l, 1m

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White shark

White Shark Research and Conservation

Sharks inspire fascination, fear and even popular movies! By taking a closer look into the world of great white sharks we uncover some of their secrets. During this program students will learn more about the white shark research taking place at the Aquarium and beyond its walls. Find out what it takes to be a shark researcher and hear recent shark success stories!

Join an Aquarium educator in the auditorium for a 25-minute introduction to the research being conducted by the Aquarium and its partners. See behind-the-scenes footage and learn how researchers study juvenile and adult white sharks.

"White Shark Conservation" Exploration Booklet (PDF)

California Science Standards

Life Science: 6b, 6c, 7d
Investigation and Experimentation: 1d, 1i, 1k, 1l, 1m

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