Classroom Programs

Classroom programs offer your students a more formal education experience in our new classroom by K-Dock, home of the world famous PIER 39 sea lions. They can be coupled with a self-guided tour of the Aquarium to further enhance your visit.

Program Length: 1 hour, not including travel time to the Sea Lion Center
Days Offered: Monday - Thursday
Times Offered: 10 am and 11:30 am  
Number of Participants: Limit of 35 students per program

Program Options:


Between the Tides: What is life like between the tides? Discover the amazing animals that thrive in the ever-changing habitat where the waves meet the rocky shore. 

Lower Elementary (1st – 3rd grade)

Salmon!: Follow the incredible journey of a salmon’s life cycle from egg to adulthood. Discover the integral role these extraordinary animals play in the ecosystems of the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco Bay, and the rivers of California. 

Social Cetaceans and Popular Pinnipeds: Marine mammals are among the most intelligent animals on Earth. Explore how these extraordinary creatures rely on each other to survive in their ocean environment.  

Upper Elementary (3rd – 5th grade)

Food Web of the Bay: Explore the beautiful and complex ecology of the San Francisco Bay and discover the role we play in maintaining its balance.
Sensational Sea Lions: Discover what makes California sea lions so amazing by engaging in the practices of science, biologists use to observe and study PIER 39’s most famous residents. 

Middle School and High School (6th-12th)

Bay Science Lab: Explore the living and nonliving environment of one of the most dynamic and diverse ecosystems in the world, using the same tools that scientists use to study the San Francisco Bay.