American Cetacean Society (ACS)
ACS is a national non-profit organization that protects whales and their habitat through public education, research grants, conservation actions and local chapters. Resources: Cetacean curriculum; whale and dolphin fact sheets.
The local chapter, ACS-LA, co-sponsors the Cabrillo Whalewatch program with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and often hosts free lectures by renowned cetacean scientists at their monthly meetings.
Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
AZA is an international organization that accredits and supports Zoos and Aquariums in conserving and educating about our living world. Resources: Website for kids.
Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife, to benefit humanity and the earth's biological diversity through public policy and education. Resources: Curriculum materials in Spanish and English; teacher training, classroom outreach, and outdoor education programs at the Ballona Wetlands and the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area; Audubon Adventure nature/environmental newsletter; A Place to Live/ Un Lugar Para Vivir, a workbook to explore and conserve urban environments; and color posters.
California Coastal Commission
Established in 1972 to monitor protection of the coast while ensuring public access. Resources: Activity guide, "Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds," outstanding Marine, Coastal and Watershed Resource Directory, curriculum guides, posters, slides, and videos available. Coordinates annual beach clean-up and Adopt-A-Beach programs at the state level.
California Department of Fish and Game
Monitor and manage fish and wildlife through legislation, education, and restoration. Resources: Leaflets, pamphlets, publication list available, assembly programs.
The Marine Life Protection Act directed the state to redesign California’s system of marine protected areas
(MPAs) to: increase coherence and effectiveness in protecting the
state's marine life and habitats, marine ecosystems, and marine natural
heritage, as well as to improve recreational, educational and study
opportunities provided by marine ecosystems subject to minimal human
disturbance. These areas, like parks on land, protect underwater marine resources for future generations to enjoy.
California Science Center
Resources: Information/activity packages, classes geared for teachers, adults, and children. Exhibit hall, gift shop, public programs, teacher workshops, volunteer opportunities.
California Water Boards "Erase the Waste" Campaign
A public education program working to reduce harmful storm water pollution. Resources: "Erase the Waste" curriculum, service learning, student materials, teacher resources.
Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE-West)
The Aquarium is among a number of research and educationally focused collaborators in this local and nationally driven effort funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). COSEE-West strives to improve K-12 ocean science education in the greater Los Angeles area through activities that provide high quality science content and resources for teachers and informal educators. Pre-service and intern teachers welcomed!
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
Ventura, CA. Resources include: Field programs, outreach, public programs, student materials, teacher resources and volunteer opportunities.
Living Coast Discovery Center
Chula Vista, CA. Resources include: Classes for school groups, field programs, outreach to school site, public programs, student materials, teacher resources, gift shop/curriculum available, teacher workshops and volunteer opportunities.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Digital Fish Library at the University of California San Diego explores the diverse morphology of fish using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
EcoplatesCalifornia Coastal Commission
and the Tahoe Conservancy
Scenic environmental license plates to benefit the preservation, protection and restoration of California’s natural treasures.El Dorado Nature Center
Long Beach, CA. Resources include: Classes for school groups, field programs, outreach to school site, public programs, student materials, teacher resources, gift shop/curriculum available, teacher workshops and volunteer opportunities.Fish Contamination Education Information
Government/Community Collaboration. Resources include: Scientific and public health information on local fish and seafood contamination, including the Palos Verdes Shelf/DDT superfund site and public advisories.Grunion.org
Pepperdine University. Resources include: Scientific and volunteer research on grunion fish, training workshops to be "grunion greeters," data collection, video, bibliography.Heal the Bay
Santa Monica, CA. A non-profit advocacy group working for a safe and healthy Santa Monica Bay using research, education, community action, and policy programs to achieve this goal. Resources: Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, literature available, information on storm drain stenciling, Stream Team and beach clean-ups. Key to the Sea Program for schools through local marine education collaborators including Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.Inside the Outdoors
Orange County Department of Education. Resources: Field programs and outreach to school sites.Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Space-based oceanographic and earth sensing resources including: Student materials, teacher resources and outreach to school sites.Kidsafe Seafood Program
The Kidsafe Seafood campaign is a collaboration of chefs, pediatricians and sustainable food experts that helps parents make good seafood choices for their children. The campaign features a Best Choices list, information about how to avoid mercury and other pollutants that can be found in fish and guidance for making ocean-friendly seafood choices.Lawrence Hall of Science
University of California, Berkeley. Resources: Classes for school groups, public programs, gift shop, curricula available, teacher resources and workshops.Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific
Resources: Classes for school groups, student materials, teacher resources, gift shop/curriculum available, teacher workshops and volunteer opportunities.Los Angeles City Stormwater Program
Resources: Watershed protection, student materials, teacher resources.Los Angeles Zoo
Resources: Classes for school groups, adults, outreach programs, student materials, teacher resources, gift shop/curriculum available, teacher workshops and volunteer opportunities.
LAUSD Sea Education Afloat (SEA) Program
These floating laboratory programs provide school groups with a variety of topic options, including plankton, benthos, fishing and marine mammals. Los Angeles Harbor. Mr. Mac McClintock at (714) 761-2489.
LA County Marine Science Programs
The variety of programs available include Marine Science Floating Laboratory Programs, Oceans Alive school presentations, Roundhouse Marine Studies Laboratory, Seashore Field Studies and "From the City to the Sea" assemblies for school groups. LA County Office of Education, Outdoor and Marine Education Office, 9300 Imperial Highway Downey, CA 90242, (562) 922-6330.LA County Natural History Museum
The museum exists to advance knowledge and to enable people of all ages, backgrounds, and interests to understand and appreciate their natural and cultural heritage. Guided tours available. Outreach includes the Seamobile for 6th-8th graders (LAUSD only) with hands-on science. For special education, Life in the Oceans program available.
Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur
The Care Center rehabilitates and releases injured seals and sea lions found from Ventura to Orange County. The Center for Marine Studies provides activities on marine and environmental sciences for students and is part of Los Angeles Unified School District. Accommodations available for individuals with special needs. Resources: One-hour marine mammal rehabilitation tours; two-hour session tour and laboratory activity; specialized courses for students of San Pedro High School, science series lessons for elementary students, enrichment lessons for Biology and Environmental Science students, and professional development for teachers.Monterey Bay Aquarium
Resources: Classes for school groups, field programs, outreach to school site, public programs, Seafood Watch
, student materials, teacher resources, gift shop/curriculum available, teacher workshops and volunteer opportunities.Montrose Settlements Restoration Program
Government collaboration restoring natural resources impacted by the Palos Verdes Shelf/DDT superfund site off White Point. Public involvement in reviewing draft restoration plans and information about the nature of the contamination of our offshore environment. Lead trustee agency is NOAA.National Marine Educators Association
Professional membership organization to network those who educate about the world of water. The Bridge
provides links to many resources including: "Scuttlebutt" listserv, technical links, research information, field programs, public programs, student materials, teacher resources, teacher workshops.National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Deep trove of marine education resources across many agencies including remote sensing, weather, coastal, deep sea and oceanographic sciences: Student materials, teacher resources. Links for teachers, students and cool resources about the ocean for everyone. The Coastal Services Center provides detailed technical information.Ocean Conservancy
Since 1972, the Center for Marine Conservation (now the Ocean Conservancy) has worked to protect marine life in its abundance and diversity including prevention of pollution, protection of marine mammals, creation of sanctuaries, and more. Resources: Information/activity packages geared for teachers, adults and children.Ocean Institute of Orange County
Resources include: Classes for school groups, field programs, public programs, student materials, teacher resources, teacher workshops and volunteer opportunities.The Ocean Project
Works with and through an international network of over 500 partner aquariums, zoos, museums, nature centers, and conservation organizations to create an understanding among their visitors and members of the significance of the oceans and the role each person plays in conserving our ocean planet for the future. By effectively reaching the key staff and volunteers at our partner institutions, we in turn can help reach their 200 million annual visitors and members, in all 50 states and 45 countries around the world, to stimulate a lasting, measurable, and meaningful respect for our ocean planet.Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
The museum promotes an understanding of nature and indigenous peoples, especially the environment and Indian cultures of California's central coast. They seek to increase awareness of the processes and pressures affecting ecosystems worldwide. Resources: Curriculum guides on marine life, Los Marineros Curriculum, exhibits, variety of programs.Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission
The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project was formed in 1988 under the National Estuary Program in response to the crucial problems of the Bay. The SMBRP is charged with the responsibility of assessing the Bay's problems, developing solutions, and putting them into action. Provided funding for developing this previsit guide. Resources: Public summary of the Bay Restoration Plan, posters, brochures and newsletters.Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
A marine science learning center run by Heal the Bay serving K-12 classes from schools in the greater LA area. Resources: Education programs for students as well as members of the public.Save Our Beach
A non-profit organization dedicated to improving the water quality along the Southern California coastline that conducts a monthly beach cleanup in Seal Beach. Resources: A list of monthly beach and riverbed cleanups in Orange County, Long Beach and parts of Los Angeles that you are invited to take part in. The SEA Lab
A hands-on coastal science education center that offers free and low cost programs for explorers of all ages. Resources: Field opportunities, classes for school groups, outreach to school site, teacher workshops, volunteer opportunities.Seafood Watch
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is a collaborator in this project of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This program informs consumers about the environmental impacts of the seafood choices they make. Resources: Extensive website with background on seafood sources, a pocket-sized card
to print out and carry with you when you shop.Stephen Birch Aquarium/Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Resources: Public aquarium, classes for school groups, outreach to school site, public programs, student materials, teacher resources, gift shop/curriculum available, teacher workshops and volunteer opportunities.Southern California Marine Institute
Resources: Field opportunities, boat trips, classes for school groups, outreach to school site, teacher workshops.Surfrider Foundation
A national non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection, preservation, and restoration of the world's oceans, waves, and beaches through conservation, activism, research, and education (C.A.R.E.). Resources: Assembly programs available in some areas, local chapters along the coast, volunteer water monitoring.Thankyouocean.org
Your California portal to the ocean. A Project of the Ocean Communicators Alliance, provides learning opportunities, ways to connect to the ocean and protect it. Offers bi-weekly podcasts where listeners learn about ocean activities and recreation, surfing, fishing, boating, and the many ways we all can thank the ocean through conservation and stewardship.Tide predictions from NOAA
There are many online resources for current tide predictions, your local newspaper may have a section detailing the next couple of days and there are many links for predictions (e.g.,Tide predictor from the University of South Carolina
).Ty Warner Sea Center
A satellite of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History; promotes an appreciation and understanding of the Santa Barbara Channel, specifically the Channel Island Marine Sanctuary. Resources: On-site classes, curriculum guides, tours, and summer programs and presentations.Upper Newport Bay Naturalists and Friends
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve and Interpretive Center. Resources: Field opportunities, classes for school groups, public programs, student materials, teacher resources, teacher workshops and volunteer opportunities.U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Resources: Outreach to school sites, student materials, teacher resources, teacher workshops and volunteer opportunities.USC Sea Grant Program
Resources: Student materials, teacher resources and workshops, Island Explorers Marine Science ProgramWest Coast Governors Agreement on Ocean Health
Resources: E-mail list for updates, documents and public comments pertaining to legislation and efforts by Oregon, Washington and California to protect our ocean.Wrigley Center for Environmental Studies
Located on Catalina Island. Resources: Field opportunities, classes for school groups, curriculum, public programs, teacher resources.