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Monday, August 8, 2011

2011 Aquarium Homeschool Days

From my wonderful ES, Terry:

Just a reminder that tomorrow is the day to sign up for a FREE homeschool day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Every family must sign up individually on their website.  All the information is below.  

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2011 Home School Days

DEAR HOME EDUCATOR,
Thank you for your continued support for our Home School Day program.  We are writing to provide important information regarding Home School Days 2011.     

 The Home School Days dates for 2011 are:
Monday, October 17th
Monday, October 24th
Monday, October 31st
Monday, November 7th
Monday, November 14th
As with other education groups, home school families are eligible to participate in only one free visit each school year.

 ALL RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE ONLINE
Online reservations for Home School Days 2011 will open on Tuesday, August 9th at 9:00 a.m.  Each Home School date will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.Home School Day information and the online reservation link will be found on this School Programs page on August 9th at 9:00 a.m.  Home school families are welcome to make individual reservation for up to 10 participants (youth and adults combined).  Home school youth are students between the ages of 3-17 years, and home school adults are 18 years and older.  Children under 3 years are admitted free of charge and should not be included in your reservation.

WE NO LONGER ACCEPT GROUP RESERVATIONS
Due to frequent discrepancies in group numbers and arrival times, we are no longer accepting group reservations for Home School Days.We encourage group leaders to communicate the new reservation process to their home school family members.Group leaders may encourage their member families to make reservations on the same date and, if desired, may plan a meeting location for the group inside the Aquarium after families have arrived.  Group leaders should communicate this information directly to their member families.

 AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS
The theme for Home School Days 2011 is "Open Seas".Home school families will be able to enjoy the newly-renovated Open Sea exhibit (previously the Outer Bay) which will showcase sharks, tuna, turtles, puffins and plankton!

Our Discovery Lab classroom will be open for drop-in home school family activities from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.   Here you and your children will be able to interact with live ocean animals, examine Aquarium articfacts and resources, and get crafty all while learning more about your family's personal connection to ocean conservation.

AQUARIUM ADVENTURES
There are a variety of Aquarium Adventures programs in which you and your family can participate during your visit.  You will find more information about available program on our website at this Aquarium Adventures page.  Note that the programs have age requirements and additional costs that are not included in your complimentary admission to Home School Days.  We strongly recommend that you pre-register for all events as space is limited.

Thank you for your cooperation with our Home School Day process.  We look forward to welcoming you and your family to the Aquarium this fall! 

Education Programs Staff
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Email: schoolprograms@mbayaq.org
Phone:  831-644-7538
Web:  http://www.mbayaq.org/

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