Bay Area K-12 Programs

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Aquarium of the Bay’s and the Sea Lion Center’s FREE education programs allow students to discover the amazing world of San Francisco Bay through hands-on exploration experiences.   

All of our naturalist led education programs are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and include developmentally appropriate, accessible, STEM and conservation education activities.

All Aquarium of the Bay and Sea Lion Center programs are FREE to all K-12 schools in the nine 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 and make your reservation.

Please Note:’s Aquarium of the Bay, Sea Lion Center and BayMobile free education programs are available to all K-12 school groups from the 9 Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma). This does not include after-school or youth group programs affiliated with K-12 schools. All other youth or non-Bay Area school groups wishing to visit Aquarium of the Bay programs should contact our Group Sales Department at

Programs at Aquarium of the Bay

  • Aquarium Exploration Tours – Engage in scientific practices while exploring the Aquarium and its amazing Bay animals with an Aquarium Educator.

Programs at the Sea Lion Center

  • Sea Lion Center Programs – Our Classroom by the Bay offers your students a more formal education experience. The Sea Lion Center is a nonprofit nature center located above K-Dock, home of the world famous PIER 39 sea lions. 

Programs at your School Site

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

  • Project WATERS – Host fish in your classroom, get your students outside, and receive special in-classroom lessons in our newest extended experience.  

Programs on the Bay

Stay up-to-date on our education programs with our quarterly Educator Newsletter, under the Education category.