Young Women in Science

On a foggy morning in Moss Landing, California, an energetic group of middle school girls don wetsuits and life vests. They’re not just preparing for an epic kayak adventure through Elkhorn Slough. They’re learning how they can help save the world’s oceans.

The girls are a part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Young Women in Science program. In this special Otter Camp, young women, mostly from Salinas and Watsonville, are introduced to the ocean and marine life through activities in and around Monterey Bay. The camp is presented in English and Spanish.

It’s part of a long-term effort by the Aquarium to help young women see themselves as having a future in the sciences and in math, at an age when many girls get the message that there’s no place for them in those worlds. In addition to adventures and outings on the bay, participants also meet women working in the sciences – role models for the many possibilities that await.

Here are a couple of photos of the girls enjoying various adventures during Young Women in Science this summer.

Learn more about the Aquarium’s Young Women in Science program.


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The Monterey Bay Aquarium, perched on the edge of a world-famous coastline, is your window to the wonders of the ocean. It’s located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and is open daily except Christmas Day.

For more information about our animals and exhibits, and to view our live web cams, please visit

Hours of operation vary by season. Daily schedules and tickets are available on our website or by calling
(831) 648-4800.