An accessible adventure : a treasure hunt for students with special needs through the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Lauren Foote, California State University, Monterey Bay

Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department


Many students with special needs visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium every year. The students are always excited to be there, however, many teachers find a stressful and challenging experience. A tool has been created for teachers to help focus their students and promote inquiry, exploration, and inspiration which will greatly improve student learning. Resources are currently available to supplement teachers' programs, but they do not include considerations for students with special needs. A multisensory guide has been developed for students with disabilities with aid of a veteran special needs teacher. This guide will work to ensure a successful and fun learning experience for everyone at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.