Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
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We get by WITH A LITTLE KELP from our friends.

We know, we know, it’s corny, but admit it—you sang it out loud just now, didn’t you?

Actually, we get by with a little kelp FOR our friends—the abalone and other creatures at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium that munch kelp for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All jokes aside, the words from that song ring true: we get by with a little HELP from our friends.
Friends like you allow Cabrillo Marine Aquarium to remain a vibrant and free resource for close to 300,000 people each year!
Yes, we ask for donations at the door, but no one is turned away if they can’t pay. The same goes for field trips and classes –thanks to your support, scholarships are always available.

What a thrill to teach kids about the ocean by taking them to the sandy beach, to the rocky shore and to the salt marsh—all steps away from the Aquarium. Children learn about creatures by digging in the sand and peeking into crevices and under rocks. Here, kids touch everything from sea stars to sea anemones to whale bones. They pick up specimens, peer into microscopes and help conduct experiments. Some kids even get to build robots! Educators lead lively (and fun!) discussions about the scientific method, making textbook lessons come to life.

Our globally recognized Aquatic Nursery hatches fish that have been shared with aquariums all over the world. It’s one of the few places on the planet with the endangered White Abalone on display. But the really amazing thing is the opportunity the nursery gives to students to conduct real and meaningful scientific studies. How does noise impact sea horses? Is marine paint harmful to invertebrates? Can an octopus be trained? These are the kind
of projects that have helped our students win science fairs at the local, state, national and international level.

We are proud of the work we do here at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, which is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. We know that children who feel a connection to the ocean are more likely to become life-long environmental stewards, with a deep respect for the planet and our oceans. Please help us support this special and amazing place.

Thank you for your support!