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.

Diving into Marine Protected Areas Workshop
Did you know there are California state parks underwater?

Join us for a teacher workshop where we'll share the new Marine Protected Areas curriculum, introduce the science behind creating California's new network of underwater parks, and visit a local Marine Protected Area (MPA). The hike at the MPA will be moderate to strenuous.

• Saturday, October 18, 2014 • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Educators Open House
Wear your Hawaiian shirts and flip-flops and join us for a back-to-school luau at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium! Come and experience our wide variety of free and fee-based school programs. Learn how the Aquarium can be a resource for your teaching needs.

During our Open House, educators will learn how to access a wide variety of CMA programs. Guests will also be able to visit our marine laboratory, experience our “Do-it! Do-its," learn about our Aquatic Nursery and touch live animals. Our goal for the evening is to introduce educators to our wide array of resources available.

During your visit, you will be able to preview activities from our many free and fee-based programs.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium programs include:

Aquatic Nursery – Growing Baby Animals
Exhibit Hall Tours – Live Animals in Ocean Habitats
Exploration Center – Explore the Shores Indoors
Ocean Outreach – Brings the Ocean to You
Sea Search – Hands-on Field Experiences
Spring Outdoor Program – Beachside Learning and Fun
Whalewatch – Tours to See Gray Whales Migrate By Our Shore
Virginia Reid Moore Library Marine Research
Teacher Workshops
Volunteer - Opportunities for students

Participants will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a free bus to the Aquarium, free classes and much more! Visit our gift shop and bookstore during the open house and receive 10% off all purchases. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP by September 20 to get an extra raffle ticket, call (310) 548-7562.

LAUSD teachers interested in receiving pre-approved professional development hours for salary point credit must register in order to receive credit.

This is a FREE event.

This workshop is generously sponsored by Boeing.

• Thursday, October 02, 2014 • 5:00 PM - 7:00 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 whalewatch 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 17, 2015 • 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, November 22, 2014 • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM