Professional educators are essential and respected partners in fulfilling the Aquarium's conservation, education and science missions. Each year hundreds of teachers and school administrators come to the Aquarium to enhance their knowledge and add to their collection of classroom activities.


Upcoming Programs

Coastal Systems Teacher Institute

Teacher doing observations at Elkhorn Slough
  • Grades 3–5
  • July 8–13, 2018 (Year 1)
  • Year 2 not offered in 2018
  • Applications open through March 5
Learn how to integrate science, literacy and technology while exploring Monterey Bay's coastal ecosystems and its animals.

Learn more and apply for Year 1

Learn more about Year 2

Splash Zone Teacher Institute

Teacher's exploring a touchpool
  • Grades PreK–2
  • July 23–27, 2018
  • Applications open through March 5
Explore coastal habitats and learn to integrate hands-on science, literacy and technology applications during this year-long institute.

Learn more and apply

Project-Based Science Teacher Institute

Teachers working on a collaborative project
  • Grades 6–8
  • July 29August 3, 2018 (Year 1)
  • Year 2 not offered in 2018
  • Applications open through March 5
Deepen your understanding of the nature of science and student-driven projects and get tools to enhance your curriculum.

Learn more and apply for Year 1

Learn more about Year 2

Ocean Plastic Pollution Summit

Teacher participating in the Ocean Plastic Pollution Summit
  • Grades 3–12
  • October 5–6, 2018
  • Applications open August
This three-part summit is designed for teachers who are ready to go in-depth into plastic pollution issues and solutions with their students. Learn more

Connecting Conservation and Technology Workshop

A teacher using technology in the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Grades K–12
  • October 27, 2018
  • Applications open September
Gain strategies for incorporating technology into your science and conservation teaching at this one-day conference.

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EARTH Workshop Hosted by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

EARTH Workshop Hosted by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
  • Grades 6–College
  • June 24–29, 2018
  • Applications open through February 28
Develop classroom curriculum using near-real-time data from ocean observatories and receive state-of-the-art training to increase your scientific literacy in microbial oceanography.

Learn more and apply on MBARI.org


All Other Programs

Teacher Open House

  • Grades PreK–12
  • February 9, 2018
  • Registration closed
It's a sleepover! Join us for a special after-hours exploration of our exhibits and to find out what's new for teachers and students.

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Connecting with Marine Science Teacher Institute

Teachers working collaboratively in the Monterey Bay Aquarium Discovery Lab
  • Grades 9–12
  • Not offered in 2018
  • Registration closed
Examine the role that humans have played in the stability and change of Monterey Bay. Learn more

Note: Institutes and workshops qualify for professional growth hours required to renew your California Teaching Credential.