Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
  Exhibit Hall / Outdoor  

Exhibit Outdoor Programs

    We are in a prime location for the best outdoor teaching programs!

The fully-accessible Cabrillo Coastal Park is located just steps from the front doors of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. This coastal park includes many different habitats and teaching opportunities, with walking trails to tidepools, beaches, a saltmarsh and native plant garden.

Our seasonal Spring Outdoors Classroom gives students to opportunity to learn about tidepools, whales and grunion while out on the sandy beach!

Explore the Shore takes our hands-on teaching techniques to the Coastal park! Students will sift and search for local species, taking advantage of everything nature has to offer - which can change day to day!

Click below for more details about each of these programs, and for registration information.
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

Spring Outdoor Classroom (Preschool): Grades PreK - K
With our ideal location, the beach is transformed into an outdoor classroom for children to learn about sea life! Designed for preschoolers, this program encourages children to learn about sea life through hands-on activities and colorful teaching aids.

Explore the Shore: Grades K - 12
Challenge your 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 outside in the Coastal Park.

Students work together to 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.

Spring Outdoor Classroom: Grades K - 5
With our ideal location, the beach is transformed into an outdoor classroom for children to learn about sea life! Through talks and activities such as grunion hatching, students learn about different types of marine animals and our ocean environment.