Visitors in front of the Open Sea Exhibit

Students with special needs are encouraged to participate in any of our school programs. If you're the lead teacher of a special needs class with fewer than the required number of students or students with moderate to severe needs, our Habitat Hunters Discovery Lab is designed just for you.

Group Information

Habitat Hunters is designed for K-12 students with moderate to severe disabilities. A minimum of 5 and maximum of 20 students may participate in this program. Special needs groups receive a one to one, chaperone to student ratio.

Program Times (Mon.-Fri.)

9:15–10:15 a.m.
10:45–11:45 a.m.
12:15–1:15 p.m.

Arrival Time

The scheduled arrival time for labs starting at 9:15 a.m. is 9:00 a.m. Your group can explore the Aquarium at the end of the program.

The scheduled arrival time for labs starting at 10:45 a.m. is 10:25 a.m. Your group can explore the Aquarium at the end of the program.

The scheduled arrival time for labs starting at 12:15 p.m. is 10:25 a.m. Your group can explore the Aquarium prior to the program.

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

Learn more about accessibility options for special needs groups.


Program Options

Students in the discovery lab at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Habitat Hunters

What is unique about the Monterey Bay? The Monterey Bay is home to many species of marine invertebrates. Even though all these animals call the bay home, they are each suited to live in particular habitats within it. Through visuals and tactile stimuli, including live animals, students will get an up-close look at the kelp forest, sandy shore, and rocky shore habitats, and animals that inhabit them.

Next Generation Science Standards
  • Science and Engineering Practices
    Asking Questions and Defining Problems
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas
    Our educators will work with you to determine the appropriate Disciplinary Core Ideas for your class.
  • Crosscutting Concept
    Structure and Function
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