Join Community Science Excursions

Prompted by rising temperatures, mass sea star wasting events have wreaked havoc on populations of these essential predators along the entire west coast of North America. Urchin barrens have overtaken many once star-filled habitats amidst the ecological disruption, but there’s hope! This ochre sea star along with dozens more were recently spotted by Heal the Bay community scientists during a excursion to help researchers better understand the biodiversity of Malibu’s tidepools.

Learn how you can contribute to the monitoring of our marine protected areas at our next volunteer orientation.

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Our Impact

Beach and neighborhood cleanups are just the beginning. Heal the Bay staff work to mobilize LA’s diverse communities to protect our coastline, restore our waterways, and speak out for clean water policy across our watersheds.

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Ripples become waves. When you volunteer with us, your generous time supports ocean and freshwater areas in LA County ensuring they are safe, optimizes how we manage our local water supply, and takes action for equitable access to clean water and green space.


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Visit Our Aquarium

Steps from the ocean, an underwater wonderland awaits. Our kid-friendly Heal the Bay Aquarium at the Santa Monica Pier features 100+ species of marine life that live right offshore.

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Summit to Sea

When we “Heal the Bay” we start farther inland than you might think. Take an interactive trip with us as we follow water’s journey from the Sierras to the Santa Monica Bay.