Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Volunteer Programs


Earth Day Beach Cleanup - Take Action!
Join us for our annual Earth Day Beach Cleanup! Take action to help our local environment by cleaning our community's beautiful Cabrillo Beach.

Every piece of trash that is picked up from the beach is one less piece of trash in the ocean. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the impacts of microplastics on ocean animals.

Plus, the first 100 volunteers who collect a bucket of trash will receive a free water bottle made from recycled ocean-bound plastic. We will provide cleanup supplies.

Let us know you'll be joining us - register here to receive a free parking pass via email.

• Saturday, April 20, 2024 • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Monthly Beach Cleanup
Join CMA Educators and volunteers in a beach cleanup, clearing the shore of marine debris. Meet at the steps in front of the auditorium.

Groups are required to make reservations by the Thursday before the event: Call Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, 310-548-7562.

FREE; open to all ages.

• Saturday, May 4, 2024 • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
• Saturday, June 1, 2024 • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Native Garden Restoration
Join CMA's Education Team in cleaning up the native garden every second Saturday of the month. Monthly garden maintenance is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and learn about native plants, all while helping out! Meet at the native garden behind the aquarium.

Free and open to all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations requested for groups of 15 or more. Student service credit available.

• Saturday, May 11, 2024 • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
• Saturday, June 8, 2024 • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Opportunities are offered to help students fulfill academic service hour requirements and to help us fulfill our mission to educate the public about our local Southern California marine environment. For more information on community service or service-learning requirements, please click here.

Per City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks policy we may not provide opportunities for individuals who are court referred. Contact the Volunteer Center, South Bay/Harbor/Long Beach at 310-212-5009 for court referred assignments.

Once accepted into our program, volunteers are registered with the City of Los Angeles. Registered volunteers must be 14 years and older, fingerprinted and fully vaccinated. All volunteers under 18 years of age must have parent/legal guardian permission to volunteer.  Name badges are provided and t-shirts are available for purchase. Volunteers are encouraged to become a member of our support organization, FRIENDS of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
View our complete list of volunteer opportunities.