For this week’s throw back Thursday post we decided to share what we believe is the most amazing aquarium in the world…
It’s the aquarium I grew up with. Which might make me a bit biased but I’ll let you be the judge of that. So I’ll instead rely on my family’s overall experience with aquariums… and based on that, this in our minds is still the clear winner. A close runner up for us is the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.
Why is this the best place for Marine Science?
- The Monterey Bay Aquarium has several educational playscapes to command the attention of your little ones.
- It makes an artistic effort to remind us of the trash floating in the sea.
- It encourages us to think twice about making better dining choices. Learn more or download Mobile App.
- The touch n’ feel pools are amazing. Touching shells, crabs, starfish, seaweed, and bat rays among many others makes it the ultimate sensory activity.
- The volunteers absolutely add to the total experience.
- It’s one of the few aquariums that offer quality educational resources for classrooms.
- It makes an effort to teach teens about career opportunities!
The only drawback I have is the gift shop… because I want everything they offer and if you don’t buy it during your visit you can’t buy it later online.
What was everyone’s favorite sea creature? For the kids it was the Grey Humpback and Killer whales. For me it was the Sea Horses… Seahorses are so romantic, during mating season they dance with their chosen mate, and every mating season to “renew their vows” with their partner for life. They are the only species where the males give birth. For that reason I like to think of them as the underwater unicorn.
To our dismay we also learned that the 40+ species were endangered of being extinct… an aquarium may end up being the only safe place for them. Which is why conservation efforts are so important and why I strongly believe marine science should have a place in your classroom.
Here are 4 ways you can use the Monterey Bay Aquarium for your classroom
- You can use their inquiry-based curriculum sorted by grade level
- You can use their Sea Searchers Guidebook to cover a range of subjects from language arts, science, math, and art.
- You can use the Self-Guided Exploration guides to make your visit more engaging.
- You can check-out the Science Projects several students are undertaking, then come up with one of your own.
Revised. Original post shared on WinKeySolutions.com, April 10, 2012.
As you can see aquariums are a good place to begin learning about marine science! In what other ways are you teaching Oceanology in your classroom?