Reservations for the 2018–19 school year are now open.
Ocean Explorer Program in the Monterey Bay Aquarium auditorium

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

Busy Sea Otters

In this program, students get the "inside scoop" on sea otters here at the Aquarium! Your trip begins with a 25-minute introduction by an Aquarium educator in our auditorium where you'll peer into the rolling and tumbling world of sea otters and consider their active behavior from a biologist's perspective. Together, we'll discuss what people can do to help keep otters healthy and thriving.

"Busy Sea Otters" Exploration Booklet (PDF)
"Busy Sea Otters" Exploration Booklet (PDF) (Español)

Next Generation Science Standards
  • Science and Engineering Practices
    Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas
    Supports LS1.A
  • Crosscutting Concepts
    Structure and Function
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African penguin

Feathers or Fins?

Is a seahorse a fish? The Monterey Bay Aquarium exhibits a variety of animal life. In this program, students will explore the adaptations of two animal groups exhibited at the Aquarium: fishes and birds. Join us in the auditorium as we compare and contrast the unique characteristics that make a bird a bird to those that make a fish a fish. During this 25-minute introduction, students will also hear insider Aquarium stories and discuss what people can do to keep both our feathered and finned ocean friends healthy and thriving.

"Feathers or Fins?" Exploration Booklet (PDF)
"Feathers or Fins?" Exploration Booklet (PDF) (Español)

Next Generation Science Standards
  • Science and Engineering Practices
    Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas
    Supports LS1.A
  • Crosscutting Concepts
    Structure and Function
Reserve now