Bay Area K-12 Programs

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Discover, learn and explore with the help of our trained Naturalists

School program reservations now available

Aquarium of the Bay’s education programs focus on inquiry-based learning and hands-on experiences.


We publish a quarterly
educator newsletter

All of the Aquarium’s education programs are taught by our staff of trained Naturalists, linked to California State Science Standards and include developmentally appropriate, STEM based activities.

All programs, with the exception of the Discover the Bay Hybrid Ferry Program, are free to all K-12 schools in the 9 Bay Area Counties (San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Solano). Each program is offered at specific times throughout the school year, and all require a reservation. Our programs are very popular and book quickly, so act fast!

Follow the links below to learn more about our programs.

  • Bay Area School Reservations
    Learn more about how to reserve a program and find our reservation request form.

  • The BayMobile – Bringing the Bay Your Way!
    The BayMobile visits K-12 classrooms in all 9 Bay Area counties, bringing Aquarium animals, interactive experiments, and climate change education to your school!

  • Classroom Programs
    Classroom programs offer your students a more formal education experience in our new classroom by K-Dock, home of the world famous PIER 39 sea lions.

  • Exploration Tours
    These tours integrate a guided tour of the Aquarium's exhibits with hands-on activities and scientific practices.

  • Discover the Bay Hybrid Ferry Program
    Discover the San Francisco Bay by taking your class on an educational cruise aboard a hybrid powered boat.

  • Self-Guided Tours
    The most flexible way to plan your school's visit.