Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
  Ocean Outreach  

Ocean Outreach

    Do you want a fun and exciting introduction to marine life IN your class? Then Ocean Outreach is for you! With an extensive marine education background, enthusiasm and animated teaching style, our Ocean Outreach instructors bring a memorable experience to your class. Hands-on demonstrations, specimens, and student involvement enhance the educational experience. Each program is tailored to the grade level and interests of the class.

Having a problem finding a program to fit your curriculum? We can often customize a class to suit your needs.
  Reservations are required. Call 310-548-7562, Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm.

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.

School Programs

At Home in the Sea: Grades K - 1
Sea stars, urchins, lobsters and crabs are just some of the sea animals highlighted in this fun and interactive hands-on class! Your young explorers will dive into an ocean of discovery and touch some strange, slippery, slimy and LIVE ocean creatures that make the tidepools their home.  
K:  1a, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4e
1st:  2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 4a, 4b

Fish Printing: Gyotaku in the Classroom: Grades 2 - 8
Discover what makes a fish a fish through the ancient art of Gyotaku (fish rubbing).  In this engaging class, students will create colorful fish prints and will have fun while discovering the unique background of Gyotaku and the Japanese Hiragana language.
3rd:  3a, 3b, 5b
4th:  3b, 6a, 6b
5th:  2a, 2b, 6a, 6c
6th:  6c
7th:  3a, 3c, 3d, 4e
8th:  9a

Treasures in the Tidepools: Grades 2 - 8
Our most popular class!  Students will investigate the unique adaptations of marine animals living in the pounding surf. Through hands-on discovery, student involvement and interactive games we will explore what makes the tidepool such an incredible habitat.  Get ready to examine ocean specimens, touch LIVE tidepool animals and much more!
2nd:  1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 4d
3rd:  1f, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d
4th:  2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 6c
5th:  2a, 2c, 3a, 3b
6th:  3a, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5e
7th:  2a, 3a, 4e, 5a, 5c
8th:  9a

Greatest Fish Story Ever Told: Grades 2 - 8
Fins, gills and scales!  Your students will play the role of scientist and examine a real ocean fish and investigate how they move, breathe and survive in their ocean habitats.  If available, students will have the amazing opportunity to hatch LIVE baby grunion! (Grunion usually available April-July)
1st:  2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 4a, 4b
2nd: 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 4a, 4f, 4g
3rd:  2c, 3a, 3b, 4b, 5d
4th:  2a, 3b, 6f

Fish Dissection - No Guts, No Glory: Grades 3 - 8
Even the timid will be transformed into doctors! This hands-on dissection lab provides an excellent introduction to the classification of fish. Students will learn the techniques and tools scientists use to examine the external anatomy and the internal organ functions of an ocean fish.   
3rd:  1d, 2a, 2c, 2d, 3a, 3b, 3e, 5c
4th:  3b, 6a, 6b, 6f
5th:  2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 6a, 6f
6th:  3a, 7b, 7g
7th:  3a, 3c, 3d, 4e, 4g, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5g, 6d, 6j, 7a
8th:  2c, 6c, 8c, 9a

Squid Dissection - Ten Arms and an Attitude: Grades 3 - 8
Get face to face with some denizens of the deep!  Octopus, squid and their close relatives are some of the unusual creatures explored during this in-depth class.  Students will learn proper lab procedure while they wrestle with the tentacles of a squid in this interactive, hands-on dissection.
3rd:  2d, 3a, 3b, 3e, 5c
4th:  3b, 6a, 6b, 6f
5th:  2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 6a, 6f
6th:  7b, 7g
7th:  3a, 3c, 3d, 4e, 4g, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5g, 6d, 6j, 7a
8th:  2c, 6b, 6c, 9a

What is Plankton Anyway?: Grades 3 - 8
Dive into the science of plankton and watch as a student is transformed into a scuba-diving plankton collector.  Through science inquiry, experiments and an up-close encounter with LIVE tidepool animals your students will learn about these amazing life forms which are so important to our own survival.
3rd:  1a, 3c, 3d
4th:  2a, 2b, 3b, 3c, 3d, 6a
5th:  2a, 2c, 2f, 3a, 6a
6th:  3a, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5e, 7a, 7b
7th:  3a, 3c, 3d, 4e
8th:  2c, 6c, 8c, 9a

Shark! It's OK to Go in the Water: Grades 3 - 8
Myth vs. Fact!  Learn the facts while we dispel the myths about one of the most misunderstood animals on the planet.  Students will participate in a shark-tagging demonstration, examine shark specimens, view a slide show and watch as a classmate is transformed into a Great White!  Plus, each pupil will get to take home a fossil shark tooth and complete their own fossil dig.
3rd:  1d, 2a, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 5b, 5c
4th:  1e, 2b, 3b, 6b, 6f
5th:  1c, 2a, 2c, 6a, 6e, 6f, 6g
6th:  2b, 3a, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5e, 7b

Thar She Blows! Whale of a Lesson: Grades 3 - 8
Let’s take an unforgettable journey with the gentle giants of the sea and investigate what makes whales so unique. Your young marine biologists will participate in a whale breathing experiment, listen to whale sounds, view a slide show and watch as a student is transformed into a Pacific Gray Whale!
2nd:  1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1g, 2a, 2c, 2d, 3d, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4g
3rd:  1d, 3a, 3b, 3e
4th:  2a, 2b, 3b, 6a, 6b, 6f
5th:  2c, 3b, 6a
6th:  3a, 5b, 5c