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Students and chaperone on a field trip touching animals at the Kelp Zone Touch Pool

What will I be doing as a chaperone?

  • Your free or discounted admission carries with it responsibility for a group of students during their visit to the Aquarium.
  • Your Aquarium chaperone badge must be visible at all times and is your pass for exiting and re-entering the Aquarium with your group.
  • You will help the students explore the Aquarium and make sure they behave appropriately.
  • You will stay with the students who have been assigned to you. The Aquarium requires that students stay with their chaperones at all times, regardless of the age of the student.
A group of kids examine olive snails

What are the Aquarium's behavior guidelines?

  • Students and adult chaperones must stay together at all times—inside the Aquarium, out on the deck, in all gift and book stores and in the lunch area.
  • Be courteous and respectful of all visitors. Talk quietly and walk through the Aquarium. Use the stairs, leaving elevators available for those who need them. Don't play on the escalator.
  • Be respectful of the Aquarium exhibits and building. Use books or clipboards to write against, instead of walls, windows or exhibit labels. Don't climb on exhibits or railings.
  • Help protect the animals. When permitted, touch the animals gently. Don't disturb animals by tapping on the windows. Don't feed the birds on the deck or at the picnic area.
  • Keep food, drinks and gum outside the Aquarium. School groups are not allowed to eat sack lunches or drink beverages in the Aquarium, on the benches in front of the Great Tide Pool or on any deck areas. This includes the Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant and Cafe, and the seating area outside the Cafe dining room next to the sea otter exhibit.
  • Please respect our Aquarium neighbors. If allowed to visit merchants on Cannery Row, students must be accompanied by a chaperone and are expected to demonstrate appropriate behavior.
Bechtel Education Center

What is the Bechtel Education Center?

  • Starting in fall 2019, Discovery Lab programs for students in grades 3-12 will take place in the center’s four learning lab classrooms.
  • The Bechtel Education Center is located just a few blocks from the Aquarium on Cannery Row.
  • We can provide these innovative programs led by Aquarium educators free of charge thanks to the support of our donors.
  • Learn more about the Bechtel Education Center
Students in the Discovery Lab

How can I help students get the most out of their visit?

  • Be sure you understand the plan for the day by checking in with the lead teacher of your group.
  • Share the behavior guidelines with your group of students.
  • Let the students know that you are visiting the Aquarium to have fun and to learn at the same time.
  • Help students find answers to questions they have about the exhibits by reading the written labels and talking with Aquarium Guides (in rust-colored jackets or khaki vests).
Monterey Bay Aquarium visitor map

What else do I need to know?

  • If a student gets lost or injured, go to the Information Desk near the Main Entrance or ask any Aquarium staff member or volunteer for assistance.
  • For shopping, use the Ocean Discovery Store near the gray whale model. It carries popular, affordable items. You must accompany your students in the store.
  • Restrooms and drinking fountains are inside by the Ocean Discovery Store and outside on Hovden Way.
  • The group picnic area is outside on the recreation trail.
  • Download Aquarium map (PDF).