Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

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Earth Day Bird Fest Celebration
Saturday, April 18 from 8am to 3pm

Get ready to celebrate because Earth Day is just around the corner! This year marks the 45th annual Earth Day, an event inspired by an environmental disaster that took place not far from Los Angeles more than four decades ago.

In the beginning of 1969, a blow-out occurred at an oil platform operated by Union Oil off the coast of Santa Barbara. Oil washed ashore killing thousands of birds and many marine mammals. At the time, it was the largest oil spill in U.S waters; the devastation shocked the nation and served as a key event leading to many environmental laws and protections passed in the early 1970s. The oil spill and its aftermath were covered extensively by reporters and broadcast across the country sparking an idea in the mind of Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin.

Nelson saw the potential for organizing people to rally for the environment based on the success of the anti-war movement and growing public awareness of pollution. He built the foundation for the first Earth Day held on April 22, 1970, with millions of people participating across the country. Now Earth Day events take place across the world every year throughout the month of April.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 18 with a day of FREE programs. There will be many activities going on including a beach clean-up, grunion egg hatching, guided walks to the salt marsh and much more. Our Earth Day celebration will highlight the coastal environment and shore birds, the animals most impacted by the oil spill 45 years ago. There will be bird crafts for kids, habitat walks, coastal bird walks and bird lectures from experts in the field. Join us for a fun day and learn what you can do to protect our planet!


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Grand Grunion Gala 2015  Arrow
The Grand Grunion Gala offers unique items at the silent and live auctions, delicious food and wine and a lively spirit of support for the Aquarium. Join us for an elegant and fun...

Saturday, April 25, 2015 • 6:00 PM


Walk Cabrillo  Arrow
Pack a snack and join a walk guided by CMA's Education staff. Starting at the Aquarium courtyard, you'll visit the native garden, salt marsh, beaches and tidepools. Explore each habitat and discover...

Sunday, April 26, 2015 • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


American Cetacean Society Lecture  Arrow
The American Cetacean Society/LA Chapter offers free presentations on whale research and conservation on the last Tuesday of every month in the John M. Olguin Auditorium.

For more information and...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Coastal Park Naturalist Training  Arrow
We are looking for volunteers who enjoy spending time outside, care about the environment and are interested in educating others about our coastline. Fifth grade students through adults who would...

Member Price: $30, Non-Member Price: $30

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - Thursday, May 28, 2015
Thursdays only  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Native Garden Workday / Beach Cleanup  Arrow
On the first Saturday of each month, join CMA Educators and volunteers in maintaining the Cabrillo Native Garden and learn more about its plant and animal inhabitants. Also join other volunteers in a...

Saturday, May 02, 2015 • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


SEA Club - Science Education Afternoons Grades K-2  Arrow
On four consecutive Wednesday afternoons join CMA Educators for a series of hands-on after-school marine science adventures. Students observe animal behavior; examine rocky shore animals at the...

Member Price: $27, Non-Member Price: $30

Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Wednesdays only  • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM