Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

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Earth Day Bird Fest Celebration
Saturday, April 19th from 8am to 3pm

Get ready to celebrate because Earth Day is just around the corner! This year marks the 44th 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 19th with a day of FREE programs. There will be many activities going on including a beach clean-up, grunion egg hatching, yoga in the salt marsh, 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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Channel Islands Adventure: Santa Cruz Island  Arrow
Discover the wonders of the Channel Islands as you join CMA educators on an adventure to Santa Cruz Island, part of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Board the vessel in Ventura and...

Saturday, April 26, 2014 • 8:00 AM - 5:00 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 27, 2014 • 12:30 PM - 2:30 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 29, 2014 • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


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,...

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 • 8:00 PM


Sea Ranger Training  Arrow
Sea Rangers is a volunteer naturalist program. We are looking for people who enjoy spending time outside, care about the environment and are interested in educating others about our coastline. Fifth...

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

Thursday, May 01, 2014 - Thursday, May 29, 2014
Thursdays only  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Grand Grunion Gala 2014  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, May 03, 2014 • 6:00 PM