Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
  Aquatic Nursery  

Aquatic Nursery Tours

    The Aquatic Nursery offers two different tour programs, one during the school year and one during the summer. During the school year, 5-12th graders can participate in our 2-visit Lab Research 101 program, where students are guided through a scientific research project using local marine life. During the summer, K-12th graders can participate in our Summer Science Hatchery tour where they explore local marine life in our laboratory, learning about habitats, anatomy and scientific observations.
  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.

Select a program below to download the reservation form.

Want your kids to take home some souvenirs but don't want to hassle going to the Gift Shop? Pre-order Aquarium treasure bags before your field trip with this handy Treasure Bag order form. Treasure bags are economical and convenient and will be ready for pick up on the day of your field trip.
Have a question? Please call 310-548-7562 or send us an email.

School Programs

Summer Science Hatchery: Grades K - 12
Science Hatchery is a special summer program that engages kids in our Aquatic Nursery laboratory, allowing them to explore local marine life and talk with scientists. Students from after-school programs, clubs, summer camps, and community groups are all welcome! These students will interact with marine animals, learn about habitats and anatomy and make observations as young scientists in our Aquatic Nursery.

Lab Research 101: Grades 5 - 12
Lab Research 101 is a two-visit experience which provides students with the opportunity to explore, in depth, the scientific method and research process in our Aquatic Nursery, a unique laboratory-on-exhibit where we raise young sea animals and young scientists. Each of the two 120 minute visits will focus on key parts of the scientific method, using local marine life and connecting to marine conservation issues. Students will exercise their observational, problem solving, and critical thinking skills by conducting a guided research experiment!

Over two visits, with the guidance of Aquatic Nursery scientists, students will:
•    Be introduced to making observations and asking scientific questions
•    Develop a question and hypothesis
•    Learn basic experimental design
•    Run an experiment to test their hypothesis and collect data
•    Learn how to organize data
•    Learn how to interpret and communicate data