Exploration Tours integrate a guided tour of the Aquarium exhibits with hands-on activities and scientific practices.
Program Length: 2 hours
Days Offered: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
Times Offered: 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 1PM
Number of Participants: Limit of 35 students per Exploration Tour – except the High School Behind the Scenes Tour which has a limit of 10 participants (students and chaperones) per tour. Minimum chaperone to student ratio of one chaperone to five students.
Exploration Tour OptionsKindergarten:
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):
Have to Have a Habitat: Students explore the wide variety of animals that live in the San Francisco Bay and how they are each specially adapted to their particular habitat.
Shark Sleuths: What types of sharks live right here in San Francisco Bay, and what role do they play in the ecosystem? Answer these questions and more!
Upper Elementary (3rd – 5th grade):
Eco-Explorers: Discover the extraordinary San Francisco Bay-Delta and what we can do to take care of this important ecosystem.
Top of the Food Chain: What does it take to make it to the top of the food chain? Discover the answer to this question and more as we explore how two very different animals—sharks and river otters—are top predators in their ecosystems.
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.
Aquarium of the Bay offers a variety of Educational Programs with differing availabilities. At this time, our Exploration Tours are filled for the 2013-2014 school year. There is currently limited availability for Classroom Programs and Self-Guided Tours.All Reservation Request Forms must be submitted a minimum of 3 weeks prior to your trip date.