Aquarium Pass Program
Shelf to Shore passes will be available for the 2019-20 program year starting September 3, 2019 and valid through May 21, 2020, except for holidays, Christmas and Spring Break weeks.
Monterey Bay Aquarium and MCFL Offer Aquarium Access for Low-Income Families
Eligible individuals receive one free pass to the Aquarium per program year from Monterey County Free Libraries.
All Monterey County residents, regardless of income, receive free admission during Community Week, which is December, 6th -14th.
What is it?
The Shelf to Shore program was created for families who otherwise cannot afford to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Aquarium partners locally with Monterey County Free Libraries to distribute one free pass per year to eligible Monterey County Residents who have a Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) card. Salinas Public Library and Watsonville Public Library provide free passes to eligible residents living within their communities. More information can be found here.
Who is Eligible?
Low-income residents of Monterey County with a Monterey County Free Libraries card. Note: All Monterey County residents, regardless of income, receive free admission during Community Week, which is always the first week of December.
What criteria is used for low-income?
Low-income is defined by the Aquarium for this program as enrollment in the Free School Lunch Program, WIC/SNAP, Meals on Wheels, Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, or similar services. Proof of low-income eligibility is based on the honor system. The library does not ask for proof of enrollment in the services listed above. The library does verify that you are a resident of Monterey County with a valid Monterey County Free Libraries card.
How do I get a pass?
If you are eligible, visit your local branch of Monterey County Free Libraries to request a pass. Eligible individuals may obtain one free pass to the Aquarium once a calendar year from Monterey County Free Libraries. One pass admits up to six (6) family members for a one-time visit.
Shelf to Shore passes are available at all MCFL branches: Aromas, Big Sur, Bradley, Buena Vista, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Marina, Pajaro, Prunedale, San Ardo, Seaside and Soledad, and bookmobiles in North County and South County. MCFL can only give out passes to Monterey County residents. Please bring your library card with you when requesting a pass. If you don’t have a library card, please bring some current ID showing your residential address so you can apply for a library card.
Can I use the pass anytime in the year I choose?
Passes will be available for the 2014-15 program year starting September 2, 2014 and valid through May 22, 2015, except for holidays, Christmas and Spring Break weeks.
Not valid: November 9 -11, 28-30; December 1, 7-15, 25-31 2019; January 1-5, 18-20; February 15-17; April 4-19 2020.
Visit: www.montereybayaquarium.org to learn more about ocean life and conservation.
Please call your local MCFL branch for more information.