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.
A group of scientists at the Cabrillo Aquarium in San Pedro is analyzing the presence of a tumor on a White Croaker captured in the port of Long Beach. Historically, the existence of tumors in this fish has been associated with contamination from tox…
Tumor found on White Croaker fish
Ulices Ramirez and Yahaira Arenas, seniors at Santee Education Complex, a high school near downtown Los Angeles, didn’t like the litter they saw in their community, so they decided to document the problem in a short video as a class project. With h…
Two Santee high school students document litter in their communities
This is the third installment of a four-part series on the many changes the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium has gone through since March 1, 2003, when Heal the Bay took over management and ownership of the marine education center. Today's blogger, Aquari…
UCLA Ocean Discovery Center, Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Today's guest blogger is Kirsten James, Heal the Bay's water quality director. Last week I had the unique opportunity to look beyond Santa Monica Bay, California and the nation and learn about water resource issues in Latin America. Focusing outside…
Ms. James Goes to Washington
Your kid just downed the entire contents of his reusable water bottle and you’re far from home. Where can you safely refill it? Now there’s a free app to help you find the nearest drinking water fountain. Developed by the Center for Embedded Netw…
WeTap App allows users to find working water fountains and report broken ones
This is the second installment of a four-part series on the many changes the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium has undergone since Heal the Bay took over management and ownership of the marine education center.  Aquarium Director Vicki Wawerchak shares…
The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium celebrates nine years
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