Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Volunteer Programs


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, October 1, 2022 • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
• Saturday, November 5, 2022 • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
• Saturday, December 3, 2022 • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Whalewatch Naturalist Training
Discover the Pacific gray whale and other exciting marine life off our Southern California coast, and then share your knowledge with others aboard whale watch vessels and in classrooms.

If you are college age (18 or above), would like to learn about marine mammals and be willing to share your knowledge with others as a guide aboard a whale watch or by visiting schools from December 26 through the end of March, we want you!

Training classes begin on the first Tuesday of October, at 7:00 p.m. and continue through the end of March. The classes are approximately two hours in duration and are free. No prior experience is necessary, all training will be provided.

No reservations are needed join us on the first Tuesday of October, 7:00 p.m. in the John M. Olguin Auditorium at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium at 3720 Stephen White Drive in San Pedro.

Participants must register by October 11, 2022 to participate in the 2022-2033 season.

For more information call the Whalewatch Coordinator at (310) 548-7770.​

• Tuesday, October 4, 2022 - Tuesday, October 11, 2022 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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.