Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
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Sea Search Marine Biology Workshops

    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: 50

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
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.

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School Programs

Habitat Comparison: Grades K - 12
Compare the characteristics of two or more surrounding habitats. Examine the inhabitants and their adaptations for survival both in the lab and in the field. Habitat preservation and coastal ecology is addressed. Select from field experiences where your students make hands-on observations in the tidepools, sandy beach and/or salt marsh habitats.

What Lives on the Sandy Beach?: Grades K - 12
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.

Life on the Rocky Shores : Grades K - 12
Explore the exposed rocky shore of the Point Fermin Tidepools and the ecosystems that lie in the different tidal zones. Live specimens are used to examine the challenges that many of tidepool inhabitants have to face during high and low tides. Explore the unique adaptations many of the animals have to the constantly changing environments.

Salt Marsh and Plankton: Grades 3 - 12
The Salt Marsh Habitat is a unique and vital connection between land, fresh water, and the ocean. The coastal California watershed historically linked many freshwater wetlands fed by the coastal mountain ranges to natural springs, creeks, rivers, and reached the ocean opening up to plentiful and ecologically productive salt marshes, the predominant shallow water coastal ocean habitat.

Ichthyology: Grades 5 - 12
The form, function, and ecology of many types of fish is discussed. Virtually investigate the internal and external anatomy of fish through dissection and fish printing.  Examine the myths about sharks and record virtual observations of our aquarium fish.