Book An Aquarium Field Trip

Update: 

Dear Teachers, 

As COVID-19 continues to impact our communities, Heal the Bay is prioritizing the health and safety of our patrons and staff. We are following all LA County Department of Health guidelines and the “Safer at Home” order in Los Angeles. In the meantime, the Education Department is hard at work developing online resources for students and teachers to utilize and enjoy. Stay tuned for more information on our efforts coming soon! Contact Robert with any questions. READ OUR FULL NOTICE


Heal the Bay Aquarium offers one-of-a-kind field trips, and they can be booked online easily.

With our new Virtual Field Trips, distance learners can connect with local marine life and their habitat through engaging live virtual programs and science activities. These STEM-based, 45-minute sessions align with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and maintain a student and nature-centered, interactive, educational experience.

Teachers, please view our available dates and times, book a field trip reservation, and cancel/reschedule your trip up to 2 weeks in advance of your booked date. You can also now pay online by credit card, or mail a check (made out to Heal the Bay). If you are interested in booking or canceling within the 2 week window, please email us with the contact information provided below.


Field Trip Components:

1. Tank Exploration: interact with local species including those at the touch tanks

2. Engaging lesson: supports Next Generation Science Standards

3. Reflection/Journaling: helps to internalize science concepts discussed during the field trip

Topics Include: 

Habitats: Discover the natural diversity of local marine ecosystems! Together, we will explore four unique ecosystems that exist off the coast of Southern California, while highlighting the adaptations some creatures have developed in order to live there. We also take a look into how humans are connected to the natural spaces around them.

Plants vs Algae: What’s the difference between plants on land and algae at sea? Join us as we learn how to make scientific observations in order to accurately compare and contrast these organisms. We will also discuss the chemical process of photosynthesis and the major components necessary to carry it out.

Food Webs: What did you have for breakfast this morning? The answer is probably much different than that of your favorite ocean animal! Join us as we learn about the cycling of matter and energy throughout an ecosystem.

Human Impacts: Humans are as much a part of nature as nature is a part of them. In this lesson, students discover major impacts humans have had on natural spaces. We will also discuss potential solutions to environmental problems such as pollution, and the steps humans are taking to make these solutions a reality.

Careers in Science: Have you ever wondered how to turn your passion for science into a career opportunity? Join Heal the Bay educators and staff as we challenge the idea of a “scientist” while illuminating various career paths in STEM.

Coastal Cleanup Education: How is the trash on your street making it all the way to the ocean? Together, we discuss how watersheds connect your homes with several different ecosystems, including the ocean.


Limited grant funding is available for Title 1 schools. If interested, be sure to select “Yes” when prompted as you book your trip.

Please contact Robert Ramos with any questions or concerns at rramos@healthebay.org. With advance notice, many of our programs can be customized for your class. 

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