Field Trip Logistics & Fees

 

This page contains a summary of logistics for our three field trip options.

Which field trip option works best for your class? All three options include:

  • Access to our interactive exhibits, aquaria, & shark and invertebrate touch pools. Stay as long as you like and don’t forget to include a visit to the Ocean Discovery Shop.
  • An Educator Preview Pass, good for free admission for two people prior to your field trip.
Discovery Lab & Tour Reserved School Tour Self-Guided Exhibit Exploration
Days Tuesday-Friday Tuesday-Sunday, Mondays in July & August Tuesday-Sunday, Mondays in July & August
Dates available October 15, 2019 – May 29, 2020 Year-round Year-round
Start times 9:00 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
(11:30 a.m. available on weekends/during summer)
Anytime during open hours
Duration Approximately 100 minutes for lab and tour. Plan extra time for exploring the aquarium, exhibits, and Ocean Discovery Shop after your lab and tour. Tour lasts 30-45 minutes, depending on the grade level. Plan extra time in the exhibit hall and aquarium before or after your tour, at no additional cost. No time limit. Most groups stay 1-2 hours.
Group size 32 students maximum, no exceptions 20 participants maximum per tour; two tours maximum per time slot. Participant numbers INCLUDE adults. Groups larger than 40 can schedule two consecutive time slots. Call (831) 459-3800 for details. 120 students maximum
Chaperones Minimum 1 adult per 8 students. Please bring only the number of adults necessary to transport your students. 5 adults maximum inside classroom during lab (teacher and up to 4 chaperones). Additional adults welcome to explore exhibit hall while Discovery Lab in session. Minimum ratios for (adult:student):
K-2 (1:5);
grades 3-5 (1:6);
grades 6-8 (1:8);
grades 9-12 (1:10)
Minimum ratios for (adult:student):
K-2 (1:5);
grades 3-5 (1:6);
grades 6-8 (1:8);
grades 9-12 (1:10)
Fees $150, all inclusive $7 per student, $9 per adult + Reserved Tour fees ($30 per tour). (Title 1 schools receive a 20% discount off total fees.) $7 per student, $9 per adult. (Title 1 schools receive a 20% discount off total fees.)
Grade levels K-12 and Community College. No more than two consecutive grade levels per lab program. See Discovery Lab Descriptions for lab activities available by grade. K-12 and Community College K-12 and Community College
To schedule Submit application by lottery deadline in fall. After lottery closes, see Discovery Lab Scheduling. Reservations should be made at least three weeks in advance year round, and far in advance for spring and summer. Call (831) 459-3800. Advance reservations required. Call (831) 459-3800 to check for space availability and make reservations. Call far in advance for spring and summer reservations.

For complete details on field trips to the Seymour Center, please click here.

Where to eat

Enjoy your lunch or snack in our two outdoor classrooms with picnic tables available on a first come, first served basis. These covered areas provide some protection from wind, rain, and sun for your class. Your group is welcome to re-enter the visitor hall and aquarium after eating your lunch or snack. Additionally, a few uncovered picnic tables are also available.

Ocean Discovery Shop

Come visit the Ocean Discovery Shop. Many fun, educational books, marine-related gift items, as well as teacher resource materials are available. Please visit the store in groups of up to six students at a time with a supervising adult. All gift shop proceeds benefit Seymour Marine Discovery Center education programs.

Days & Hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


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