Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
  Aquatic Nursery  

Aquatic Nursery Tours

    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.
  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.

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

Sea Gardeners: Grades K - 2
Students will use models, photographs, and live animals to compare babies to their parents, learn about how ocean babies survive in different habitats, and draw a picture of a nursery baby next to a simple story of a day in its life.

Research Assistants: Grades K - 12
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.

Young Investigators: Grades 3 - 6
Students will learn about basic animal morphology, including how adaptations of different body forms have evolved for different purposes.  Activities include anatomical illustration, touching shark eggs, using lab equipment, and feeding lab-grown food to some of the nursery animals.