Professional educators are essential and respected partners in fulfilling the Aquarium's conservation, education and science missions. Each year hundreds of teachers and school administrators come to the Aquarium to enhance their knowledge and add to their collection of classroom activities.

All Programs

Climate Action Projects Summit

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  • Grades 6–12
  • September 27–28, 2019
  • Registration closed
This three-part summit is designed for teachers who are ready to support the next generation of changemakers for climate change solutions. Learn more

Splash Zone Teacher Institute

Teacher exploring a touchpool
  • Grades PreK–2
  • Year 1 not offered in 2020
  • June 15–19, 2020 (Year 2)
  • Applications open January 13, 2020
Explore coastal habitats and learn to integrate hands-on science, literacy and technology applications during this year-long institute. Learn more about Year 1 Learn more about Year 2

Project-Based Science Teacher Institute

Teachers working on a collaborative project
  • Grades 6–8
  • July 6–10, 2020 (Year 1)
  • July 1924, 2020 (Year 2)
  • Applications open January 13, 2020
Deepen your understanding of the nature of science and student-driven projects and get tools to enhance your curriculum. Learn more about Year 1 Learn more about Year 2

Coastal Systems Teacher Institute

Teacher doing observations at Elkhorn Slough
  • Grades 3–5
  • Year 1 not offered in 2020
  • July 2731, 2020 (Year 2)
  • Applications open January 13, 2020
Learn how to integrate science, literacy and technology while exploring Monterey Bay's coastal ecosystems and its animals. Learn more about Year 1 Learn more about Year 2

Connecting with Marine Science Teacher Institute

Teachers working collaboratively in the Monterey Bay Aquarium Discovery Lab
  • Grades 9–12
  • June 21–26, 2020
  • Applications open January 13, 2020
Examine the role that humans have played in the stability and change of Monterey Bay. Learn more

Teacher Open House

  • Grades PreK–12
  • February 8—9, 2020
  • Registration opens December 10
It's a sleepover! Join us for a special after-hours exploration of our exhibits and to find out what's new for teachers and students. Learn more

Ocean Plastic Pollution Summit

Teacher participating in the Ocean Plastic Pollution Summit
  • Grades 3–12
  • October 5–6, 2018
  • Registration closed
This three-part summit is designed for teachers who are ready to go in-depth into plastic pollution issues and solutions with their students. Learn more

Connecting Conservation and Technology Workshop

A teacher using technology in the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Grades K–12
  • Not offered in 2019
  • Registration closed
Gain strategies for incorporating technology into your science and conservation teaching at this one-day conference. Learn more

Note: Institutes and workshops qualify for professional growth hours required to renew your California Teaching Credential.