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Sea Search Marine Biology Workshops

    Beginning Monday, November 28 2021 in accordance with LA City ordinance #187219, anyone 12 and older participating in indoor programs at or entering Cabrillo Marine Aquarium must show proof of full vaccination. There are no religious or medical exemptions and proof of a negative COVID test will not be allowed. Proof of vaccination will be required to be shown for all students 12 and up, all teachers and all chaperones.

Sea Search Marine Biology Workshops provide interactive and engaging experiences that focus on a wide range of marine biology topics.

Topics offered include:
    1-What Lives on the Sandy Beach,
    2-Life on the Rocky Shores*,
    3-Salt Marsh and Plankton,
    4-Habitat Comparison, and

Each class includes an introduction with a presentation specifically designed for that topic, in addition to interactions with the live animals at the Aquarium. Conservation issues are incorporated in all classes.

  • Days offered: Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday
  • Dates offered: October - June
  • Length of program: 3 hours
  • Times offered:
  • Fee**: $350 for up to 35 students, $10 for each additional student. Scholarships available
  • Maximum number of participants: 40

Programs are adaptable to grade-specific Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

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To schedule a visit, please submit your reservation request here.

* Life on the Rocky Shores is only available on low tide dates; please see specific options on the Reservation Form.
** Grant-funded support & scholarships are available for financial assistance. Please call Our Reservation Team for more information (310) 548-7562

What Lives on the Sandy Beach?

Program Length: 3 hours

Day/Time Offered: Tuesday - Friday

Grades: K - 12

Location: Outdoor - Cabrillo Marine Aquarium / Cabrillo Coastal Park

Program Cost: $350 for up to 35 students, $10 for each additional student.*

Month(s) Offered: October - June

Southern California’s sandy beaches are teeming with life, although much stays hidden to the human eye. As the tide rises and falls, different species, from those under the sand and water to those above it, take advantage of the food, space, and other resources of this ecosystem.

This class examines the ecology of our local sandy beaches. With a focus on local species, students will look for animal adaptations, as well as think about their own role in the health of this habitat.

It includes time observing live animals and specimens, discussion of habitat, tanks and animals in order to present a holistic understanding of the topics. Demonstrations may include a sand crab lab, observing sand crabs as they both burrow and feed, close-up looks at living sand dollars, purple olive snails, urchins, and more.

This interactive class relates ocean ecology and scientific understanding to observable phenomena through inquiry.


Class includes access to interactive CMA Padlet web page accessible to participating teachers and students to provide extensive virtual learning resources as additional pre or post class activities.  

* Financial assistance is available for the Sea Search Marine Biology Workshops..

Our programs can be made accessible to all audiences.  Persons with disabilities are welcome to participate.  Reasonable accommodations will be made with prior arrangements.

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To schedule a visit, please submit your reservation request here.

Want your kids to take home some souvenirs but don't want to hassle going to the Gift Shop? Pre-order Aquarium treasure bags before your field trip with this handy Treasure Bag order form. Treasure bags are economical and convenient and will be ready for pick up on the day of your field trip.

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


Sea Search Marine Biology Workshops are L.A. City Board of Education-approved and follow guidelines of the Science Framework, the National Science Benchmarks, and California State Board Science Content Standards.