Bay Area K-12 Programs

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

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


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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 Bay Area schools (San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties). Each program is offered at different times throughout the school year, and all require a reservation.  Our popular programs book quickly, so act fast!

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.

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 select cities around the Bay Area, bringing Aquarium animals, interactive experiments, and climate change education to your school!

  • Auditorium Programs
    Multi-media presentations enhance your students’ tour through the Aquarium’s exhibits.

  • 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.

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