Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
  Exploration Center  

Exploration Center

    The Exploration Center is a hands-on learning lab. Visitors are given the opportunity to use microscopes, dress in costumes of marine researchers or animals, travel through a worm's eye view of the mud, make watershed decisions, zonation, breakwater life and more. Students learn about the challenges facing life along the shore and our role in its conservation.  During their visit, students explore and answer questions integrating physical, life and earth sciences.  Each program is designed to address grade-level standards as students do hands-on investigation.

Seashore Naturalists

Program Length: 90 minutes

Day/Time Offered: Tuesday - Friday, 10 am

Grades: 3 - 5

Location: Outdoor - Cabrillo Marine Aquarium / Cabrillo Coastal Park

Program Cost: FREE with one large bag of aluminum cans per class

Month(s) Offered: October - June

Grade 3: Working in small teams and guided by a passport, students discover how adaptations affect animal survival in different seashore habitats, they investigate life cycles and learn about the movement of energy.

Grade 4: Students investigate the flow of energy through the food web including photosynthesis and decompostion. Through hands-on exploration, they determine the living and non-living components of seashore ecosystems. Students experiment with the rock cycle and the role of wind, water and waves in the watershed.

Grade 5: Students delve into the structures that animals along the shore use for respiration, digestion, waste disposal and movement. They determine their impact on the watershed through basic water testing and even write their own weather report.

This Aquarium-educator led program engages students with microscopes, live animals, sea stories and hands-on coastal habitat discovery. Each program is designed to address grade-level standards as students do hands-on investigation.

Reservations are required. Download our Reservation Form.

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Have a question? Please call 310-548-7562 or send us an email.