8/25/2015: 5 Ways Aquarium of the Bay Makes Back to School More Exciting

San Francisco, CA – August 25, 2015 - Just as the San Francisco weather gets warm enough to actually enjoy, its time for kids to go back to school. While the beginning of the school year causes a dreadful sensation to creep into the stomachs of kids across the nation, there’s hope! It’s not every kid that can say they spent the school day living the life aquatic, but thanks to a myriad of free programs offered by Aquarium of the Bay, students and teachers across the Bay Area can look forward to fun and exciting ways to enjoy the school day.
Aquarium of the Bay provides free education programs to more than 25,000 Bay Area school kids each year that allow K-12 students to discover the amazing world of San Francisco Bay through hands-on exploration experiences. Even better, all programs are aligned to the California State Science Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, and include developmentally appropriate, accessible, STEM, and conservation education activities.
Take a look at these 5 ways to make back to school more enjoyable with Aquarium of the Bay:
  • Aquarium Exploration Tours – Enjoy a different kind of school when you explore beneath the Bay with sharks, bat rays, and swirling schools of anchovies. Students can enjoy a guided tour through the Aquarium’s galleries, participating in games and hands-on activities along the way, all while learning about ways they can help protect the Bay.
  • Discover the Bay – Steady your sea legs for this unique learning experience. The Discover the Bay Hybrid Ferry programs lets students learn about the Bay’s ecosystems while sailing on the open waters of the Bay. This program lets students grades 5-8 travel aboard the nations first Hybrid Ferry, a boat that uses energy from solar and wind power to learn about the ecology and history of San Francisco Bay, the impacts of climate change on the Bay, and the personal actions everyone can take to protect local and global environments.
  • BayMobile – If you can’t come to the Aquarium, the Aquarium will come to you! The BayMobile is a mobile classroom that visits school around the Bay Area and offers a variety of programs for K-12 classes that make climate change easy to understand for all age groups. With the help of live animal ambassadors – like sea stars, turtles, and snakes – and hands-on experiments, the BayMobile inspires students to be passionate about the environment and the animals that are impacted by climate change.
  • Project WATERS – Here’s a learning experience that kids can enjoy throughout the year. Turn your classroom into your own aquarium with Project WATERS. Project WATERS allows students to help raise trout from eggs into young fish from within their own classroom, and then take a field trip to release them into Lake Merced. This program helps students learn about the value of aquatic environments and how their own actions can affect our natural resources.
  • Sea Lion Center – Maybe fish aren’t your thing. If that’s so, make your way to the Aquarium’s sister organization, the Sea Lion Center. The Sea Lion Center is located on PIER 39 right next to San Francisco’s world-famous sea lions and has a dedicated classroom space where students can get involved with interactive hands-on activities. Experience this unique learning environment, where hoards of boisterous sea lions are barking and playing right outside. 
For more information about Aquarium of the Bay’s education programs, visit www.aquariumofthebay.org/teachers.
About Aquarium of the Bay:
Aquarium of the Bay is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to protect, restore, and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the sea. Located next to the iconic San Francisco Bay, Aquarium of the Bay is San Francisco’s only waterfront aquarium. Dedicated to the diverse marine life and ecosystems of the Bay, Aquarium of the Bay is home to nearly 30,000 animals found in San Francisco Bay and along the California coast. Additional information is available at www.aquariumofthebay.org