Under the Sea: Monterey Camping, Tidepooling, and Aquarium Visit

Feb 23 - Feb 25, 2023

$220 students / $270 non-students

Join us in our escape to explore Monterey marine life! Learn about wildlifes’ journey while taking your own through shallow tidepools and the exhibits of the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium! Register for this weekend full of learning and adventure.


Register Now



Skill Level: Mild

Activity Level: Beginner

Trip Highlights

  • Access to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • An opportunity to tidepool and receive introductory marine life education
  • Introductory education to the natural and cultural history of the area
  • Introduction to the Leave No Trace principles
  • Warm meals, and camping with friends


  • Depart for the trip Friday afternoon after a briefing.
  • Saturday will be spent exploring the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and learning about California’s endemic species and Pacific coast marine ecosystems.
  • Tidepool exploration along the Monterey coast on Sunday before returning to campus.

What's Included

  • Transportation, campsite, and aquarium reservations
  • Entrance to Monterey Bay Aquarium, a $70 value
  • Basic instruction
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
  • Headlamp
  • Group gear: tents, pots, pans, stoves, water filters, first aid kits, GPS, camp tools
  • Meals: Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday breakfast, lunch

What to Bring

  • Backpack for day hiking; 25L minimum
  • Money for food on the road Friday night
  • At least 2L of water carrying capacity.
  • Quart sized bag of personal snacks, and eating utensils.
  • Warm upper and lower layers.
  • Active clothes for hiking.
  • Rain jacket
  • Camp clothes
  • Sturdy weatherproof hiking shoes, and water shoes with substantial sole
  • Warm thick wool socks and gloves
  • Hat and sunglasses
Need Rental Equipment?

The Poly Escapes Rental Center at the Cal Poly Recreation Center has the gear you need for your next adventure! Explore our selection online, then visit the Rental Center to equip your trip.

Learn More