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Discovery Lab

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.

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Ocean Explorers

Location: 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.

Learn more about Grades 6-8 Ocean Explorers and reserve


Location: Aquarium

You determine the focus and set the pace. The average visit time is two to three hours, but you're welcome to stay as long as you like and investigate all the habitats found in the Aquarium. Weekend and summer reservations are available.

Learn more about Grades 6-8 Self-Guided and reserve