Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
  Aquatic Nursery Tours  

Aquatic Nursery

    Science Hatchery is a special program that provides research experiences in a marine nursery. During our 90 minute experience we teach K-12 grade level students how to foster and nurture local marine animals in our Aquatic Nursery, a unique laboratory-on-exhibit where we grow young sea animals AND young scientists. Students can exercise their investigative skills as they conduct short sampling and measurement activities focused on baby animals that are raised for conservation, food, or research.

Research Assistants

Program Length: 90 minutes

Day/Time Offered: Tuesday - Friday, 10 am

Grades: K - 12


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

Month(s) Offered: October - August

Students will learn about marine research using simple lab equipment. They will discuss threats to species in danger and explore ways to help protect local populations through aquaculture. Activities will include getting a closer look at larvae in microscopes and observing behaviors of animals housed in different conditions.

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. Attention LAUSD Teachers: Your group tour must be reserved through the School Journeys office. Check your school's office for supplemental trip forms.

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