The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Free to Learn program is available to state, local and federal government agencies and nonprofit organizations whose programs specifically serve low-income children and adults, at-risk children and other underserved groups of children and adults.

Required Attachments

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Free to Learn Partner. To become a Free to Learn Partner, please attach the two required documents below and complete an application on the next page.

A brief letter, on agency/organization letterhead, describing the mission of your organization, the audience you serve, and how an Aquarium visit will further your program goals.
A copy of your agency/organization's IRS 501(c)(3) notification letter confirming your not-for-profit status. If you are a government agency, this requirement does not apply.
Agency/Organization Information
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Visit Request Information

Available entry times:

  • Weekdays, September through mid-June—11 a.m. or later
  • Weekdays, mid-June through August—10 a.m. or later
  • Weekends year-round—10 a.m. or later

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Traveling By:
Number of Participants
NOTE: The Aquarium requires that you bring a minimum of one adult chaperone for every 10 visitors ages 17 and under. You are welcome to bring more chaperones, but 1:10 is the absolute minimum. For groups visiting during the summer or bringing small children, we recommend one adult for every five children.
Special Requests

Please let us know if any of your clients will be in wheelchairs or otherwise need special assistance. We like to know in advance so that we can arrange to have staff available when needed.

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