Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
  Exploration Center  

Exploration Center

    Challenge you students to investigate science concepts along the seashore using the tools of a naturalist. During our 90-minute program, your students will be engaged in hands-on investigation of our local habitats and marine organisms both in the Exploration Center and outside!

Each of these programs includes an excursion, led by CMA’s Education Team, to explore one of the diverse Coastal Park destinations such as our California native plant garden, salt marsh, floating dock, or the sandy beach.

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 and promote inquiry-based learning.

Sea Scholars

Program Length: 90 minutes

Day/Time Offered: Tuesday - Friday, 10 am

Grades: 6 - 8

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

Grades 6-8: Students discuss and test the concept of buoyancy as it relates to the ocean by engineering their own plankton models. Outside students will have a chance to investigate topics from beach ecology to human impacts.

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.