Virtual Ocean Explorers

This 30-minute program sets the stage for a fun, focused visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium! Two weeks before your Self-Guided Field Trip, one of our Aquarium educators will use web conferencing to join your class live and prepare them to get the most out of their visit. When you come for your field trip, your group will use an Ocean Explorers Observation Guide filled with activities that promote conversations and observations about the Aquarium exhibits. The program requires that you book a Self-Guided Field Trip at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in conjunction with the virtual program.

Book grades K–2 Book grades 3–5 Book grades 6–8 Book grades 9–12

Group Information:

Minimum 10 students, maximum 70 students

If multiple classes are coming on the Self-Guided Field Trip together, you'll book one Virtual Ocean Explorers presentation for each class. Maximum size for each class is 40 students.

Program Times:

Virtual Ocean Explorers presentations are offered September 18, 2018 to May 24, 2019. The date of your program should be two weeks prior to your field trip. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday:

9–10 a.m.
10:15–11:15 a.m.
1:15–2:15 p.m.

An Aquarium educator will contact you to finalize the 30 minutes of your program within the window of time you choose.


You must already have a Self-Guided Field Trip reservation booked.

Your classroom must have the ability to hardwire your computer to the internet (not wireless) and have a projector, screen, web cam and speakers.

You must conduct a pre-conference call with your Aquarium educator no less than one week in advance of your virtual program. This short conversation ensures the equipment is working, prepares you to co-teach with the Aquarium educator, and provides enough time for troubleshooting, should that be required.

Program Topics:

Ocean Explorers program topics are offered by grade level: K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12. Your Aquarium educator will contact you to confirm your program topic choice. You'll also want to review the Ocean Explorers Observation Guides once you've selected your topic.