New for the 2012-2013 school year, Exploration Tours integrate a guided tour of the Aquarium exhibits with hands-on activities and scientific observation skills. Choose from 8 different tour options. By bringing California State Standards and STEM based activities onto the tour, your students will enjoy a blended experience.
Program Length: 90 minutes
Days Offered: Monday – Friday, February 6 – June 7, 2013
Times Offered: 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM (times are flexible depending on program choice and group size).
Number of Participants: Limit of 35 students per Exploration Tour – except High School Behind the Scenes Tour which have a limit of 10 participants (students and chaperones) per tour. Minimum chaperone to student ratio of one chaperone to five students.
Important information regarding reservations for the 2012-2013 school year:
- Email Mayra@bay.org or fax 415-623-5324. Reservations via phone are no longer accepted.
- All Reservation Request Forms must be submitted a minimum of 3 weeks prior to your trip date
- For the Remainder of the 2012-2013 school year, all Exploration Tours are reserved. There is still availability for Self-Guided Tours.
Exploration Tour Options
Bay Explorers: Using the five senses, explore our very own San Francisco Bay and the amazing animals that live in it.
Early Elementary (1st – 3rd grade)
Shark Sleuths: What types of sharks live right here in San Francisco Bay, and how do they fit within the ecosystem? Answer these questions and more!
Have to Have a Habitat:
Students explore the wide variety of fish that live in the San Francisco Bay area, and how they are each specially adapted to their particular habitat.
Upper Elementary (3rd – 5th grade)
Sensational Sea Lions: Visit PIER 39’s famous sea lions and learn what makes these animals so incredible.
The Bay’s Food Web: Explore the beautiful and complex ecology of the San Francisco Bay, and discover the role that humans play in maintaining its balance.
Eco-Explorer: Discover the extraordinary San Francisco Bay and what we each can do to take care of this important ecosystem.
Middle School (6th – 8th grade):
Saving the Bay: The San Francisco Bay is one of the most amazing ecosystems on the planet and it is also one of the most threatened. Explore the complex ecological issues affecting the San Francisco Bay and its watershed.
High School (9th- 12th grade):
Behind-the-Scenes: Have you ever wondered what it takes to run an aquarium? While going behind the scenes, learn what our aquarists do every day to take care of our animals. Note: Limit of 10 participants per tour.