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Educational Resources

Field Trips

Heal the Bay Aquarium Field Trips

Hands-on learning and classroom enrichment at Heal the Bay Aquarium under the Santa Monica Pier.

Where
Heal the Bay Aquarium

When
2-Hour field trips can be hosted Monday through Friday at 10am or Noon

Cost
Field trip costs vary

Public Speaking

Speakers Bureau Presentations

Invite an environmental science educator to deliver an interactive, fact-filled presentation on the story of Southern California’s water system (Know the Flow) and the causes of–and solutions to–marine pollution (stormwater and pollution prevention).

Where
Anywhere in L.A. County

When
Year-round

Cost
Free

Science Camp

Heal the Bay Aquarium Science Camp

Each day is themed around a different marine science topic at our Heal the Bay Aquarium Science Camp. Filled with games, crafts, and laboratory experiences, budding students love interacting with more than 100 species of marine life.

Where
Heal the Bay Aquarium under the Santa Monica Pier

When
One week-long session in April during Spring Break, and five week-long sessions are offered each summer

Cost
Varies by session

Teaching

Key to the Sea Teacher Development

Our flagship environmental education program covers a wide range of topics, including our local watersheds, pollution prevention, and marine conservation through teacher professional development workshops, classroom activities, and a hands-on beach science field trip.

Where
Choose one: Heal the Bay Aquarium, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Roundhouse Aquarium, or SEA Lab

When
Workshops run monthly September-February; field trips run throughout the school year

Cost
Teacher workshops are free; field trip costs vary

School Clubs

High School and Middle School Clubs

Connect your middle or high school environmental club with Heal the Bay to earn service hours and special perks. Heal the Bay Clubs participate in a minimum of three Heal the Bay volunteer events per school year.

Where
Any L.A.-area middle or high school with an existing environmental club

When
School Year

Cost
Free

Activity Guide

Ocean Heroes Activity Guidebook

These fun, colorful guidebooks get kids excited about their local ocean and watersheds. Available in English and Spanish.

Educational Resources

Beach Report Card
We’ve created a simple, yet comprehensive app that lets you search year-round for the latest water quality information at your favorite beach in California.

River Report Card
Our summer program samples, analyzes and reports on the freshwater quality within the Los Angeles River, Malibu Creek and San Gabriel River watersheds in L.A. County.

Marine Debris Database
Curious about what kinds of trash we find at beach cleanups? Dig into the Marine Debris Database for an inside look at the epidemic of plastic pollution.

Know the Flow
Test your water knowledge, and share insights about rainwater runoff and where Los Angeles gets its water in your community.

Stream Team
The Stream Team data portal contains a wealth of Malibu Creek water quality information. Heal the Bay staff scientists have been researching this critical habitat in the Santa Monica Mountains since 1998.

California Education and the Environment Initiative
EEI is a free, state-sponsored K-12 environmental science curriculum that supports Common Core standards.

National Geographic’s Environmental Literacy Guides
These Teacher Guides prepare 3rd-8th grade teachers to cover critical environmental topics (climate, ocean, energy, or freshwater) in their classrooms. The guides are aligned to both the California Standards and the EEI Model Curriculum.

Waves, Wetlands and Watersheds Curriculum
This classroom-based, hands-on activity guide integrates areas of critical concern (wetlands, coastal processes, marine debris and pollution, endangered species) with California Science Content Standards for grades three through eight. Also included are community action activities for all ages and grades.