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. They can be coupled with a self-guided tour of the Aquarium to further enhance your visit.

Program Length: 1 hour, not including travel time to the Sea Lion Center
Days Offered: Monday-Friday
Times Offered: 10 AM, 11:30 AM and 1 PM
Number of Participants: Limit of 35 students per program

Program Options:

Between the Tides: What is life like between the tides? Discover the amazing tidepool animals that have learned how to thrive in the ever-changing habitat where the waves meet the rocky shore. Note: Limit 20 students per program.
Lower Elementary (1st – 3rd grade)
Flukes and Flippers: Marine mammals are warm-blooded and air-breathing, just like people, but they have amazing adaptations that help them live in the water. Learn how marine mammals survive in their aquatic environment.
Salmon!: Experience the incredible life cycle of salmon. Follow the life of a salmon from egg to adulthood, when it leaves the open ocean to return to its birth stream in the San Francisco Bay’s watershed.
Upper Elementary (3rd – 5th grade)
Food Web of the Bay: Explore the beautiful and complex ecology of the San Francisco Bay and discover the role we play in maintaining its balance.
Sensational Sea Lions: Visit PIER 39’s famous sea lions and learn what makes these animals so amazing.
Middle School and High School (6th-12th)
Bay Science Lab: Explore one of the most dynamic and diverse ecosystems in the world, using the same tools that scientists use to study the San Francisco Bay.

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