Reservations for the 2019–20 school year are now open.
Student looking at a butterfly through a microscope
Location: Bechtel Education Center

Discovery Labs are staff-led, hands-on experiences focusing on a marine or conservation topic. Each program lasts 60 minutes and supports Next Generation Science Standards. Programs include an opportunity for students to observe live marine invertebrates, use technology and engage in science conversations. Discovery Labs for grades 3–12 take place in the Bechtel Education Center and students are invited to explore the Aquarium after their program.

Group Information:

Minimum 15 students, maximum 35 students

Maximum of 6 adults, including teachers allowed in each classroom (extra adults may meet the group after the program ends).

A maximum of three consecutive grade levels can be accommodated in one Bechtel Education Center Learning Lab. Siblings not enrolled in the class with the reservation are not allowed to participate in the program.

Program Times and Schedule (Tues.–Fri.):

If you arrive after your designated arrival time, we may not be able to accommodate your students.

9 a.m. Program

  • 8:45 a.m. arrive at Bechtel Education Center
  • 9–10 a.m. program
  • 12–12:30 p.m. lunch in Aquarium picnic area

10:30 a.m. Program

  • 10:15 a.m. arrive at Bechtel Education Center
  • 10:30–11:30 a.m. program
  • 11:30 a.m.–12 p.m. lunch in the Bechtel Education Center multipurpose room

Program Options

Rocky shore at sunset

Amazing Animal Adaptations

What helps an animal survive at the rough and turbulent rocky shore? Close observations and hands-on explorations help students understand how animals are adapted to survive in this challenging habitat. Students will learn about the structures of a specific animal, and how each of those structures functions to help the animal survive in the rocky intertidal. Recommended for 3rd and 4th grades.
Next Generation Science Standards
  • Science and Engineering Practices
    Arguing from Evidence
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas
    Supports PE 4-LS1-1
    Relates to PE 3-LS4-3
  • Crosscutting Concepts
    Structure and Function
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Northern anchovies in kelp forest

Kelp Forest Connections

Students will conduct close observations of the kelp forest habitat through hands-on activities using technology and models. Students will look for evidence and develop a food web to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals and the environment in the kelp forest. This program is recommended for grade 5.
Next Generation Science Standards
  • Science and Engineering Practices
    Developing and Using Models
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas
    Supports LS2.A
  • Crosscutting Concepts
    Systems and Systems Models
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