Located on San Francisco’s bustling waterfront at PIER 39, the Aquarium opened in 1996 and hosts 500,000 guests annually. Featuring animals found in Bay area habitats, guests enjoy up-close encounters with more than 20,000 invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.
Established in 1981, The Bay Institute develops and leads scientific research, education, environmental policy, and advocacy initiatives that have a major impact on the health of the San Francisco Bay watershed.
Located beside PIER 39’s K Dock, the Sea Lion Center celebrates the boisterous colony of California Sea Lions that congregate on the marina docks. Naturalists present complimentary interactive programs focused on the ecology and natural history of these popular marine mammals.
The Bay Model Visitors Center is an eight-acre education facility open to the public. Conceived by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1957 to study Oil-Spills and other impacts on the San Francisco Bay, it is the single largest indoor working model in the United States. Located in Sausalito, the Bay Model includes a working hydraulic model of San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta system, bringing the bay to life through educational programs, lectures, films and seminars. The facility is operated in partnership between the US Army Corps of Engineers and the BayEcotarium. Plans for adding new exhibits focused on Sea-Level Rise and the Sea Wall restoration under the San Francisco Embarcadero, are currently in active consideration. The Bay Model venue also hosts events, lectures, award ceremonies and mission-aligned exhibitions.
The Bay Academy consolidates and archives all Bay Institute and other educational Bay-focused publications, citations and editorials into a cohesive, easily accessible database. Production is underway to publish a series of Bay Eco books, both in print and as eBooks. Also, the Academy is engaged in developing and designing curriculum-based e-learning modules for teachers and students. Additional planning includes podcasts, blogs, streaming videos, EcoCurrent newsletters, environmental posters and other educational resources that will be created and compiled by the Academy.
Studio Aqua is integral to the BayEcotarium and works in tandem with its six branches in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is primarily programmed to meet the interpretive planning and exhibit design requirements for the Aquarium of the Bay and in addition offers design services to clients in the aquariums, zoos and aqua-themed endeavors from art installations to project conceptions.