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Bring your group to the Exploration Center!


Guided toursProgram Options and Reservations

The Sanctuary Exploration Center's self-guided or guided tours are a great way to introduce your class or group to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Through interactive and multimedia exhibits, visitors can immerse themselves in the sanctuary while learning what their role is in coastal and ocean protection.

Reservations are required and must be made at least one month before your visit and by completing an online group registration form. Groups will receive confirmation of their visit in approximately two weeks.

 

 

Group Reservation

 

A Group Reservation ensures you will be the only group scheduled during this time. You determine the focus and set the pace. Docents will welcome your group to the Center and be available to assist while you explore the exhibits and answer any questions you may have.

  • Age: All ages
  • Time: ~ 60 minutes
  • Reservation Times: Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm
  • Group Size: 12 – 40 visitors
  • Chaperones: 1:8 adult to student ratio for K-2nd grade, 1:10 for 3rd-12th grade
  • Fee: FREE! (Suggested donation of $2 per person)

Guided Exploration

 

Experience the Exploration Center with your own personal tour guide. Your group will be split into smaller groups of 8-12 to explore our exhibits with a trained docent who will provide an orientation, focused discussions and observations. K-12th grade groups will also explore our exhibits with a scavenger hunt!

  • Age: K-12th grade, College, Adults
  • Time: 90 minutes
  • Reservation Times:
    K-12th grade: Tues-Fri 9am-5:00pm
    College & Adult: Wed-Sun 10am- 5pm
  • Group Size: 36 participants maximum (not including chaperones)
  • Chaperones: 1:8 adult to student ratio for K-2nd grade, 1:10 for 3rd-12th grade
  • Cost:
    1-12 participants = $35
    13-24 participants = $50
    25-36 participants = $65
    *Chaperones are free

Experience Monterey Bay Sanctuary Field Trip Program!!

 

Immerse your students in Monterey Bay Sanctuary through this hands-on field trip program. Students will participate in a guided tour of the Exploration Center, then get out into the sanctuary through one of three teacher selected field programs. Through hands-on experiential activities, students will gain a better understanding of the sanctuary and be inspired to protect this special place in the future. Students will experience the sanctuary by exploring sandy beach communities, exploring the Santa Cruz wharf or conducting a beach cleanup.

  • Time: 2.5 hours (including lunch)
  • Group Size: 75 participants maximum (not including chaperones)
  • Reservation Times: Tues-Fri 9am-5:00pm
  • Chaperones:
    1:8 adult to student ratio for K-2nd grade
    1:10 for 3rd-12th grade
  • Cost:
    1-12 participants = $70
    13-24 participants = $100
    25-36 participants = $130
    37-59 participants= $160
    60-72 participants = $190
    *Chaperones are free

Beach Exploration

Explore the sandy beach ecosystem with a trained sanctuary naturalist. Investigate this dynamic beach ecosystem and the animals and algae cast up on the beach. Sanctuary naturalists will lead your group in an interactive activity to learn about the animals, algae and human debris commonly found in sandy beach habitats. Age: K-5th grade

Beach Cleanup

Become a citizen scientist while helping to protect our ocean. Using scientific protocols, your group will collect debris, record detailed records and make observations. Sanctuary naturalists will lead your group in a discussion on the causes and effects of marine debris and compare your cleanup results with data previously collected. Age: 3rd grade-adult

Make a Reservation:

Reservations are required for all groups and must be made at least 30 days prior to your visit.

To make a reservation please:
Complete a RESERVATION FORM (489K fillable PDF), or contact us directly
Email: explorationcenter@noaa.gov
Call: (831) 425-4181
URL: http://montereybay.noaa.gov/vc/sec/fieldtrip.html    Reviewed: June 16, 2016
Web Site Owner: National Ocean Service

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