K-12 Programs

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Aquarium Self-Guided Tours

For groups that only have a short time to visit Aquarium of the Bay, these tours are flexible and give your group an awe-inspiring look at life in San Francisco Bay.

Program Fee: Free for K-12 school groups from the 9 Bay Area Counties

Program Length: Approximately 1 hour

Days Offered: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Time Offered: Every 20 minutes between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Number of Participants: Limit of 35 children and 10 adult chaperones per tour. Note: Mandatory minimum requirement of one (1) adult chaperone to five (5) students. Groups larger than 45 participants will be split into smaller groups and tour start times will be scheduled in adjacent time slots or the closest available time slots.

Please Note: Aquarium of the Bay self-guided tours are free only for Bay Area K-12 school groups from the following counties: San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, and San Mateo. This does not include afterschool or youth groups affiliated with K-12 schools. All other youth or non-Bay Area school groups interested in visiting Aquarium of the Bay should contact the Education Department at education@bay.org.

Sea Lion Center Programs

Sea Lion Center Programs offer your students a classroom experience by the Bay. These programs are coupled with a self-guided tour of Aquarium of the Bay to extend your students’ learning experience.

Sea Lion Center Program Fee

Program Length: 2.5 hours (includes self-guided Aquarium tour)

Days Offered: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Times Offered: 10:15am, 11:30am, and 1:00pm

Number of Participants: Limit of 35 students and 10 adult chaperones per program.

Please Note: Sea Lion Center programs are also available on afternoons and weekends. Call 415-623-5376 to inquire and learn more.

For reservation inquiries, please contact education@bay.org

Discover the Bay Hybrid Ferry Programs

Led by an expert team of Aquarium Educators, this program provides an immersive learning experience of San Francisco Bay from on-board the Alcatraz Cruises Hybrid Ferry. Hands-on activities focus on Bay ecology, use of scientific instruments, and innovative energy saving technologies. These programs can be coupled with a self-guided tour of Aquarium of the Bay to extend your students’ learning experience.

Program Dates: This program is only available on limited dates (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) during the school year.

Times Offered: 9:50am – 2:15pm (Aquarium self-guided tour is included)

Number of Participants: Limit of 45 total students and adult chaperones.

Please Note: This program is only available for 4th – 8th grade students. Mandatory requirement of 1 adult: 7 student ratio.

EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park Programs

These free programs offer engaging, inquiry based, hands-on experiences that allow your students to explore the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park (located in Southeast San Francisco).

Program Length: 1-2 hours, depending on program.

Days Offered: Thursdays and Fridays

Times Offered: Programs can begin as early at 10:00am and must finish by 3:30pm

Number of Participants: Limit of 25 students per program, 50 students per day.

BayMobile: Bringing the Bay Your Way

Can’t get your class to the Aquarium? Don’t worry! The San Francisco Bay can come to you with our BayMobile. Students will experiment with the science of climate change and meet a local animal ambassador.

BayMobile Program Fees

Program Length: 1 hour

Number of Programs per School Visit: Minimum of 2 and maximum of 3. Note: All classes on a given day must be the same program.

Days Offered: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Times Offered: Programs can begin as early as 10:00am and must finish by 3:00pm

Number of Participants: Limit of 35 students per BayMobile program. Note: Mandatory requirement of 1 teacher or school staff member per program. Other adult chaperones beneficial but not required.

School Site Requirements: Drive-up parking location for BayMobile on playground, parking lot or school yard for duration of programs. Two outlets within 50 feet of BayMobile parking location. One indoor classroom or multi-purpose room for all programs – we cannot relocate during the school day.

Please Note: The BayMobile is also available on Saturdays and Sundays to visit libraries, youth organizations and community centers. Call 415-623-5346 to inquire and learn more.

For reservation inquiries, please contact baymobile@bay.org.

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