Education & Camps

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A lifetime of Learning

Education is a top priority of Heal the Bay. Whether you visit our public, marine education center on a school field trip, attend a free evening lecture on a marine science related topic, send your budding young scientist to our Micro Biologist classes or to our summer camp, you will leave the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium with a new sense of wonder and appreciation for the amazing marine life of the Santa Monica Bay.

  • The Aquarium is a premier field trip destination for all grade levels. California science standards-based programs are offered for prek - 8th grade. High school and college classes are tailored to the needs of each group.
  • Science Adventures Camp is just the right amount of science for a summer's day. Space in the 2014 camps is filling up fast - register today!
  • Summer field trips for schools, youth organizations and camps are available in July and August. Bring your group to the beach, but check out what's under the waves right here in our tanks.
  • Micro Biologist classes offer a fun, first dive into marine science for 3- to 5-year-olds.
Guest blogger Vicki Wawerchak, the director of the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, discusses hitting an unusual jackpot.
Understanding U.S. Fisheries Management Part 1 of a 2 part series from National Geographic's News Watch.  Photo by Captain Tom Migdalski  
Photo by Captain Tom Migdalski
This guest blog post was written by Eveline Bravo, Heal the Bay's Beach Programs Manager. 
Chivas USA Fighter, Melissa Aguayo, Heal the Bay
While many are preparing to take a field trip this spring, Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is ready to help teachers plan their field trips for the 2011-2012 school year. Reservation books open April 1st and if past years are any indicati…
Teaching plankton net use
Heal the Bay is looking for people to join our Angler Outreach Team! This group of dedicated people spends their days on local piers talking to fishermen about the importance of avoiding contaminated fish. The national EPA recently awarded the progra…
white croaker sign
Finescale Triggerfish The Finescale Triggerfish (Balistes polylepis) is the latest resident of the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium’s Beneath the Pier exhibit. Triggerfish are usually associated with tropical water, but their range stretches from San Fra…
finescale triggerfish
Editor’s note: Nick Fash is one of two teachers at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. He and colleague Aaron Kind educate as many as 600 students in a week. Nick chronicles a day in the life of an Aquarium education specialist.
Aquarium Classroom
View all Earth Month events and updates.Heal the Bay celebrates each Earth Day in a big way -- by turning it into a whole month. For the entire month of April, we embody the catch phrase "Earth Day is every day." Our month is choc-full of great event…
Kids, Earth Month, Earth Day, Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
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