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.

Plastic Soup Educators Workshop
Plastic Soup with Algalita Marine Research Institute
Much of the plastic trash we generate on land flows into our ocean through watersheds and storm drains. What happens when plastics enter the ocean? Join us to learn about the science behind this issue through a hands-on activity that brings real-world science into the classroom and encourages students to develop the same observational skills scientists use to further understand the health of our oceans.

The workshop will include a presentation that covers the basic science behind plastic marine debris, and hands-on investigations into plastics in the marine food web. In addition, all registered participants will be given a FREE Algalita Debris Science Investigation Kit that includes everything you need to help your students understand the impacts of plastic marine debris within one 50-minute class period!

This workshop is sponsored with a grant from Boeing and is free of charge.

• Saturday, March 28, 2015 • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM


PolarTREC Teacher Workshop
PolarTREC - Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating - seeks to advance science education by engaging teachers in current polar research. In this workshop, teachers will learn hands-on activities to bring polar and climate science into the classroom. They will practice lessons that use data from current research projects to help students understand the process of science. Teachers will also learn about field research experiences for educators.

This workshop will be led by Cabrillo Maine Aquarium staff and 2014-2015 PolarTREC teacher, Dominique Richardson, who is participating in research in East Antarctica:

This workshop is a LAUSD pre-approved professional development opportunity for salary point credit.

Pre-registration is required by Friday, May 22, 2015 and space is limited. To register or for more information, please call 310-548-7562 or email

This workshop is FREE thanks to a grant from Boeing.


• Saturday, May 30, 2015 • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM