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

Achieving Success with Next Generation Science Standards

A teacher using technology in the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • NSTA members and nonmembers
  • November 17, 2017
  • Registration now open
The National Science Teachers Association is hosting a workshop for principals, department chairs or curriculum coordinators on the NGSS, the fundamentals of three-dimensional instruction and what an NGSS-based classroom looks like.

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All Other Programs

Connecting with Marine Science Teacher Institute

Teachers working collaboratively in the Monterey Bay Aquarium Discovery Lab
  • Grades 9–12
  • June 25–30, 2017
  • Registration closed
Examine the role that humans have played in the stability and change of Monterey Bay. Learn more

Project-Based Science Teacher Institute

Teachers working on a collaborative project
  • Grades 6–8
  • Year 1 not offered in 2017
  • July 11–14, 2017 (Year 2)
  • Registration closed
Deepen your understanding of the nature of science and student-driven projects and get tools to enhance your curriculum. Learn more about Year 1

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Coastal Systems Teacher Institute

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  • Grades 3–5
  • Year 1 not offered in 2017
  • July 17–21, 2017 (Year 2)
  • Registration closed
Learn how to integrate science, literacy and technology while exploring Monterey Bay's coastal ecosystems and its animals. Learn more about Year 1

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Splash Zone Teacher Institute

Teacher's exploring a touchpool
  • Grades PreK–2
  • July 30–August 4, 2017
  • Registration closed
Explore coastal habitats and learn to integrate hands-on science, literacy and technology applications during this year-long institute. Learn more

Connecting Conservation and Technology Workshop

A teacher using technology in the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Grades K–12
  • October 7, 2017
  • Registration closed
Gain strategies for incorporating technology into your science and conservation teaching at this one-day conference.

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Ocean Plastic Pollution Summit

Teacher participating in the Ocean Plastic Pollution Summit
  • Grades 3–12
  • November 3–4, 2017
  • Registration closed
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

Teacher Open House

  • Grades PreK–12
  • Not offered in 2017
  • 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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EARTH Workshop Hosted by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

EARTH Workshop Hosted by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
  • Grades 6–College
  • July 16–21, 2017
  • Registration closed
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 on

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