Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Educator Workshops

  Cabrillo Marine Aquarium regularly offers free workshops for educators who want to bring ocean science into the classroom.  To register for any upcoming workshop, please call 310-548-7562.

Key to the Sea Educator Workshop
Learn how you can be the "Key to the Sea!" This beach-based education program teaches students about storm drain pollution, watershed stewardship and how we're all connected to the ocean. Key to the Sea field trips are free and are for K-5th grade. Teachers are required to attend this full-day educator workshop in order to participate. The workshop provides curriculum and materials for classroom activities.

For more information about the Key to the Sea program and to register for a teacher workshop, visit the Heal the Bay web site at

• Saturday, February 20, 2016 • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM


Teacher Workshop: Whale of a Workshop
This workshop will provide information on the marine mammals of Southern California, highlighting the migratory gray whale. Teachers will take away engaging demonstrations and activities to bring the open ocean into the classroom and learn how we can protect these animals. Teachers will then have the opportunity to put their new knowledge to the test on a two-hour whale watch trip.

This workshop is open to all k-12 teachers. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. This is a LAUSD Salary point approved workshop. Please call 310-548-7562.

This workshop is generously sponsored by Boeing.

• Saturday, January 16, 2016 • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Tidepools for Teachers
Teachers learn about the biodiversity found in the rocky shore intertidal habitat and the adaptations organisms have developed to survive in this dynamic ecosystem. Participants will get a first-hand experience exploring our natural tidepools by the cliffs at Cabrillo Beach and receive hands-on classroom activities.

We will start our time off with background animal and habitat information in the classroom laboratory, do some fun tidepool focused activities, then head out to the rocky intertidal in search all sorts of amazing animals including; urchins, sea stars, anemones, slugs, hermit crabs, worms and so much more!

This is a free workshop open to all formal and informal educators. LAUSD teachers, this is a salary point approved workshop.

For registration or for more information, please call the Aquarium at 310-548-7562.

This workshop is generously sponsored by Boeing.

• Saturday, December 12, 2015 • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Underwater ROV Teacher Workshop
Discover the amazing world or underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) by building your own from scratch! In this beginner level, hands-on workshop, participants will construct underwater ROVs in groups. We'll do everything from constructing the frame to wiring the control box and waterproofing motors.

At the end of the workshop day, participants will compete in a challenge that will help determine the design of the ROV. Hints and tips will be provided for how to add this activity to your classroom or club and what to expect if you decide to compete at the annual MATE ROV competition. This is an introductory level workshop, no engineering experience necessary.

Registration required: 310-548-7562

• Saturday, December 05, 2015 • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM