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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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.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Discovery Lecture Series
presented by AltaSea and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Harmful Algal Blooms Along the California Coast: Their Ecosystem Impacts and Our Present Understanding
By Dr. David Caron, University of Southern California

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) have...

Friday, April 03, 2015 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 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, April 04, 2015 • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Meet the Grunion  Arrow
Watch the silvery fish come up on the beach to spawn! Learn about the interesting mating rituals and growth of this curious fish. The Aquarium opens at 8 pm and an auditorium program begins at 9,...

Sunday, April 05, 2015 • 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM


SEA Club - Science Education Afternoons Grades 3-6  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, April 08, 2015 - Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Wednesdays only  • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM


Weekend Tidepool Walk  Arrow
CMA's Educators conduct tours of the Point Fermin tidepools. Attend an informative slide show in the John M. Olguin Auditorium, then come along on the naturalist-led ramble on the rocks to see...

Saturday, April 11, 2015 • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM