Kids with Disabilities Discover the "Best Day of the Year" at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Jun 14, 2017

Aquarium News

What’s the best day of the year for the aquarium’s dive team? For 16 years it’s been “Zack Bunnell’s Day of Discovery” – a day that gives young people with disabilities the chance to experience the freedom and wonder of the ocean during a surface scuba experience.

In collaboration with Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network, the Monterey Bay Aquarium offers this free program to young people ages 8 to 14 with varying disabilities and special needs. The participants put on modified scuba gear and, with the aid of certified dive staff, encounter sea creatures as they explore the aquarium’s Great Tide Pool.

This year’s Days of Discovery are June 17, 18 and August 26.

Learn more about the magical Days of Discovery, view and download high resolution images on our online Newsroom, or contact Public Relations if you’d like to cover this inspiring event.


Media is welcome to drop by between 10 – 2 PM on Saturday, June 17, unless other plans are made in advance. Sorry, no on-site parking is available. Please contact Angela Hains at 831-392-5982 for entrance to the event, upon your arrival.


Additional Resources:

Read past blog stories about Days of Discovery

See GrindTV and KSBW’s coverage of the 2015 event

Read Monterey Herald’s 2012 article about the special day


Download this release as a PDF

The mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the ocean.