Next Generation Science Standards-aligned experiences for your class! Reservations are required.
- Museum reservations taken Monday through Friday from 1:00–5:00 PM at 805-682-4711 ext. 108.
- Sea Center reservations taken Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM, at 805-962-2526 ext. 108.
- Docent led Tour
(Tuesday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon)
Group size: maximum 80 students per hour. May be combined with a Discovery Lab or Outdoor Nature Exploration.
These tours provide open-ended opportunities for discovery in small groups with docents, as available. Students explore the Museum, visiting exhibit halls that focus on regional natural history, including birds, insects, mammals, marine life, paleontology, geology, and Chumash Indians. In various halls, Exploration Stations with Museum docents, as available, offer hands-on opportunities for close observation.
Tours go to most of the Museum’s halls. Clipboards, cameras, cell phones and other student supplies are not allowed on these tours.
- Discovery Labs
(Tuesday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon) Group size: maximum one class. May be combined with a Docent led Tour or Outdoor Nature Exploration.
- Meet the Teeth
How does the structure of teeth and eyes relate to their functions?Students use skull casts of modern mammals to determine the animals' diets. By carefully observing their own teeth, students identify teeth used in different ways. This includes matching skulls to mammals in the exhibit hall.
- Outdoor Nature Exploration
(Tuesday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon) Group size: maximum one class. May be combined with a Docent led Tour or Discovery Lab.
- Natural Wonders
Students visit a natural environment where they use their curiosity and imagination to explore, create, and test their own ideas. This experience offers the freedom to explore in a natural setting and make one's own discoveries. A visit to the Nature Club House is included where the signs say "Please Touch."
- Planetarium Program
(Monday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon)
Capacity: 44, including adults. May be combined with a Docent led Tour, Discovery Lab, or Outdoor Nature Exploration.
- Be an Astronomer
Objects in the sky move in regular and predictable patterns - but how? And why? This program is an introduction to the basic and originating concepts in astronomy such as establishing directions, understanding the movement of the Sun and Moon across the sky and why we have seasons.
- Interactive Tour
(Monday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon) Group size: maximum 80 students. May be combined with an Outdoor Nature Exploration.
Trained docents lead small groups in hands-on explorations with marine life. Students learn firsthand about how animals meet their needs for survival in the marine environment.
- Outdoor Nature Exploration (at East Beach)
(Monday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon) May be combined with an Interactive Tour.
- What Lives at the Beach?
Students take a guided nature walk along the beach, using their senses to detect signs of life. They observe local shorebird feeding strategies and wave patterns. Students dissect a core sample of sand to search for living organisms. Students may find sand crabs, worms, clams, beach hoppers, or beach pillbugs. Students use tools to enhance observation and sort the found items according to similarities/differences.