Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
Mission: The mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans.
Open to the public: Yes
Exhibits: Some exhibits at the MBA focus on particular zones of the marine ecosystem: the kelp forest, rocky shore, sandy shore, coral reefs, and the outer bay. Other exhibits focus on particular organisms: sea otters, giant octopus, sharks and rays, jellyfish, penguins, and birds. The kelp forest exhibit is one of the aquarium's best known exhibits, and at 28 feet high, it is one of the tallest aquarium exhibits in the world.
Events & Activities: The MBA has a full schedule of events including daily programs, behind-the-scences tours, field trips on board the aquarium's research sailboat. There are also a variety of workshops for teachers.
Additional Resources: The MBA website features a page of resources for teachers including classroom activities, a Monterey Bay activity handbook, and an online newsletter.
Behind the scenes: The MBA is heavily involved in conservation research programs with the goal of generating the scientific findings essential to sound ocean policy decisions. They also work to inspire action for conservation of the oceans. Projects range from saving sea otters, to studying white sharks, and tagging open-ocean animals to understand their migration patterns.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers can serve as guides, help care for birds and penguins. Volunteer divers also help to clean and maintain the aquarium's major exhibits.
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