There are many moving pieces to plan a field trip. Review this checklist before the big day to make sure you're prepared for the day of your field trip.
Before You Arrive
Divide into Groups
Communicate Plans and Meeting Places
Students should know they can ask for help at the Information Desk or can ask anyone wearing a Monterey Bay Aquarium name badge or uniform for assistance.
Where to Meet
Check-in and Paperwork
Note: Please know the exact number of students, chaperones and teachers in your group. Any chaperones arriving after your group has entered will be required to pay full admission cost. Please see the Recruiting Chaperones page for full details.
Teacher and Chaperone Badges
At the Aquarium
Stay with Your Group
You will be assigned a lunch space. Some groups are assigned to the picnic area on the Recreation Trail and some are assigned to the Multipurpose room at the Bechtel Education Center.
Your group has 30 minutes to enter, eat and exit before another group uses the same facilities. Please be timely so as not to impede another group's lunch reservation.
Make Lunch a Learning Experience
An excellent way to teach your students about having a direct impact on the environment is to challenge them to pack waste-free lunches! Consider using cloth bags or lunch boxes instead of paper bags. Choose reusable food containers, drink containers, utensils and napkins as a wise environmental choice. For more ideas go to wastefreelunches.org.
Do Not Bring Food or Drink into the Aquarium
School groups are not allowed to eat or drink in the Aquarium, on the benches in front of the Great Tide Pool or on any deck areas. This includes the Cafe and the seating areas outside our Cafe.
Please gather all lunches in large reusable or paper bags before arriving. When you arrive, an Aquarium staff member will direct you to a locker where you can store student lunches. Lunches are stored in small (16” x 23” x 30”) lockers.
Meeting for Lunch
When it's time for your group to eat, gather at your pre-arranged meeting place and walk to the lunch space you have been assigned. Some groups will be assigned to the multipurpose room at the Bechtel Education Center, others to the Aquarium picnic area. Send a couple of chaperones to the locker area to retrieve your lunches. Smaller groups may be asked to share the lunch space.
The Picnic Area
There are no restrooms or drinking fountains at the picnic area. For the safety of your students and other visitors, please do not eat lunches, sit or gather your students on the Recreation Trail. Other pedestrians and bicyclists utilize this pathway and collisions may occur.
Keep It Clean
After lunch, inspire your students to care for our planet by reminding them to clean up after themselves. Feeding birds and wildlife is discouraged as this can be harmful to animals. Use the trash cans and recycle containers to discard any leftover food or packaging.
Re-Entering the Aquarium
Continue Planning Your Field Trip
- the Aquarium.
Day-Of Information Get arrival information, lunch procedures, gift shop guidelines and what to do in an emergency.
- after your visit.