Teens are the next generation of ocean conservation leaders. That's why we offer students extraordinary experiences designed to connect them with marine science, better their understanding of conservation, and inspire them to take action for the oceans. High school and middle school students from the Central Coast area can explore the Monterey Bay—from both above and below the water—through our award-winning Teen Programs.



We provide hands-on activities and volunteer opportunities throughout the local community to build students' knowledge of marine science and help foster personal connections to the natural world. Teens interested in exploring ocean conservation and eager to make a difference in their communities are encouraged to apply for one of our programs.


Teen Conservation Leader (TCL)

High School

Grade level: Be currently enrolled in high school or entering high school next fall
Ages: 14 or older

The Teen Conservation Leader (TCL) program provides an important volunteer service to the Aquarium, our guests and our communities.
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Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats (WATCH)

High School

Grade level: Be a full-time student at Pajaro Valley High School, Aptos High School or Watsonville High School
Ages: 14 or older

Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats (WATCH) is a year-long program offered to students at participating high schools in Watsonville, California.
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Student Oceanography Club (SOC)

Middle School

Grade level: Middle school (grades 6–8)
Ages: 11–14

The Student Oceanography Club (SOC) is a program for students who are interested in learning about marine science and ocean conservation and who would like to make a difference in their local communities.
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Young Women in Science (YWS)

Middle School

Grade level: Middle school (grades 7–8)
Ages: 12–14

Young Women in Science (YWS) is a week-long, summer day-camp designed to get young women excited about and involved in science, the ocean and conservation.
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For more information, e-mail Teen Programs at teenprograms@mbayaq.org.