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.

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 18 to get an extra raffle ticket, call (310) 548-7562.

This is a FREE event.

This workshop is generously sponsored by Boeing.

• Thursday, October 06, 2016 • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


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, September 24, 2016 • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM


Ocean Discovery Kits Educator Workshop
Teachers bring students to the Aquarium all the time, but what’s another way to help teachers incorporate CMA’s ocean expertise in the classroom? Our specimen loan program called Ocean Discovery Kits!

The goals of this half-day workshop include providing educators with the background, knowledge, policies and procedures to use our classroom-ready Ocean Discovery Kits. Our specimen loan program for teachers consists of themed boxes. Each kit is packed with preserved specimens and bones, books, DVDs and a resource guide that includes lesson plans and classroom activities.

There are eight Ocean Discovery Kits to choose from:
• Marine Fossils & Sand
• Plankton & Algae
• Marine Invertebrates
• Sharks, Skates & Rays
• Bony Fishes
• Marine Birds & Reptiles
• Marine Mammals
• Ocean Stewardship

Workshop includes:
• Presentations by staff covering details on how to use the kits, including check-out and return policy and procedures
• Breakout time to view and look through all the kits
• Emphasis on marine biology and specimen care
• Opportunity for educators and museum educators to network

This workshop is generously sponsored by Boeing and FREE to all registered participants.

The Ocean Discovery Kits are designed to complement California Science Standards. Loan services are available to teachers and non-profit educators who complete the workshop held every fall at the Aquarium. Educators are allowed to check-out two kits per year for three weeks each. LAUSD pre-approved professional development opportunities for salary point credit.

Registration required: 310-548-7562

• Saturday, September 17, 2016 • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Plastic Soup Workshop
Algalita Marine Research Institute provides this workshop which includes a presentation on plastic marine debris, hands-on investigation on the effects of plastics in the marine environment and activities that can be recreated in your classrooms!

All registered participants will be given a free Algalita Debris Science Investigation Kit.

Registration is required; call (310) 548-7562.

This workshop is FREE!

• Saturday, October 22, 2016 • 12:00 PM - 3:00 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 10, 2016 • 10:00 AM - 1:00 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 03, 2016 • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM