Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
  Exploration Center  

Exploration Center

    The Exploration Center is a hands-on learning lab. Visitors are given the opportunity to use microscopes, dress in costumes of marine researchers or animals, travel through a worm's eye view of the mud, make watershed decisions, zonation, breakwater life and more. Students learn about the challenges facing life along the shore and our role in its conservation.  During their visit, students explore and answer questions integrating physical, life and earth sciences.  Each program is designed to address grade-level standards as students do hands-on investigation.

Marine Explorers

Program Length: 90 minutes

Day/Time Offered: Tuesday - Friday, 10 am

Grades: PreK - 2

Location: Outdoor - Cabrillo Marine Aquarium / Cabrillo Coastal Park

Program Cost: FREE with one large bag of aluminum cans per class

Month(s) Offered: October - June

Pre-K - K: Guided by our staff, students discover ocean animals, including where and how they live and investigate how the water cycle affects ocean survival.

Grade 1: Students are led by staff in conducting simple experiments and observations while learning about animal adaptations including strategies for feeding.

Grade 2: Facilitated by our staff, students learn about the rock cycle from fossils to sand, find different animal life cycles and develop their observation skills.

This Aquarium-educator led program engages students with microscopes, live animals, sea stories and hands-on coastal habitat discovery. Each program is designed to address grade-level standards as students do hands-on investigation.

Reservations are required. Most public schools must make tour reservations through their district office. Private and other schools must submit the Reservation Form. No phone reservations will be taken.

Download our Reservation Form.
Pre-order Aquarium treasure bags with this handy Treasure Bag order form.

Have a question? Please call 310-548-7562 or send us an email.