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Resources for the Monterey Bay Area

Natural History Organizations

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary - The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS), designated in 1992, is a Federally protected marine area offshore of California's central coast. The MBNMS was established for the purpose of resource protection, research, education and public use. Its natural resources include our nation's largest kelp forest, one of North America's largest underwater canyons and the closest-to-shore deep ocean environment in the continental United States.

Monterey Bay Aquaruim

Hopkins Marine Station - Hopkins Marine Station is a marine biology research and educational facility that operates as a branch of Stanford University's Department of Biological Sciences. Founded in 1892, Hopkins was the first marine laboratory to be established on the American Pacific coast. Since that time, many notable scientists, as well as a continuous population of undergraduate and graduate students have come to the Station to study and work towards a better understanding of the marine world.

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History - The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History provides educational resources and programs to augment many of its exhibits. The Museum is a primary destination for school field trips and group visits. It also has an education outreach program to Monterey Peninsula schools, which brings hands-on artifacts from the Museum's teaching collection into the classroom. It also has several travelling exhibits which are available to schools free of charge.

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve - Elkhorn Slough is a principal wetland complex in central California and is considered one of the most ecologically important estuaries in the state. The main channel of the Slough winds inland nearly seven miles and encompasses over 2,500 acres of marsh and tidal flats.

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