Since opening in 1984, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has maintained a focus on education, providing free visits for over two million schoolchildren. Our Field Trip programs are designed for students to learn, have fun and discover their connections to the ocean while exploring the Aquarium's exhibits and programs.
Reservations for the 2017–18 school year are now open.
PreK–College Teachers: Schedule a school group to visit June 17, 2017–August 31, 2018.
We offer Field Trips for students PreK through college. To be eligible for a free field trip, school groups (with the exception of PreK) must be visiting in conjunction with a regularly scheduled class for which they receive a transcript grade or comparable academic credit. Reservations must be made at least two weeks prior to the visit date.Begin the reservation process
Cancel or Change an Existing ReservationTo cancel or change an existing reservation call the Sales & Reservation Center: 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Mon.–Fri. (except holidays) (866) 963-9645 toll-free in the U.S.
Home School ProgramNEW! In the 2017-18 school year, we'll be offering our Home School Program every Monday from October 16 through March 19 (not including holidays). Stay tuned for more details when online reservations open in September!
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Schedule a visit or get more information. Call the Sales & Reservation Center: 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Mon.–Fri. (except holidays) (866) 963-9645 toll-free in the U.S.
Youth Groups, School Clubs and Extracurricular Groups
Includes school clubs, bands, choirs, athletic teams, debate teams and all other extracurricular activity groups. Also includes Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, summer enrichment programs, etc. These groups are eligible for discounted price for youth and free admission for a number of chaperones.
Includes low-income, at-risk and underserved children, adults and families through the government agencies and nonprofit social services organizations which serve them. Qualifying organizations are eligible for complimentary admission through our Free to Learn program.
Adult Education Groups
Includes adult parenting classes, adult literacy classes and post-secondary classes for special needs adults. These groups are eligible for complimentary admission for all adult students and instructors.
College Class Groups
Includes groups visiting in conjunction with a regularly scheduled class for which they receive a transcript grade or comparable academic credit. These groups are eligible for complimentary admission for all college students and instructors. MUST enter as a group to get complimentary admission.
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Other College Groups
College groups visiting for recreation are eligible for discounted price for students.