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.
- Interactive 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 and other student supplies are not allowed on these tours; please see “Mondays My Way” for that option or to focus on one or more halls.
- Discovery Lab
(Tuesday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon) Group size: maximum one class. May be combined with an Interactive Tour or Outdoor Nature Exploration.
In the Paleontology Hall, students examine fossil evidence that large mainland mammoths evolved into the Pygmy Mammoths of the Channel Islands. In teams, students examine plant and animal fossils and engage in a simulated dig to excavate and identify an animal skeleton.
- Outdoor Nature Exploration
(Tuesday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon) Group size: maximum one class. May be combined with an Interactive Tour or Discovery Lab.
Reconnect to Nature
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."
- Mondays My Way
(Monday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon) Group size: maximum 80 students per hour.
This is an opportunity for teachers to conduct investigations in the exhibit halls with their own classes. Teacher-prepared scavenger hunts, single hall studies, and special topic focus are some of the possibilities. Monday is the only week day that clipboards are allowed in the Museum.
SEA CENTER EXPLORATIONS
- 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 life cycles in the ocean.
- Outdoor Nature Exploration (at East Beach)
(Monday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon) May be combined with an Interactive Tour.
Investigating the Sandy Beach
Students take a guided nature walk along the beach, using their senses to detect signs of life. They observe local birds and may find crabs, clams, worms, insects, kelp, rocks, and shells in the sand. Buckets, sieves, and hand lenses are used to locate and respectfully observe small animals and plants of interest. Students note similarities/differences within and between species and ultimately return all biotic items to the natural habitat. Additionally, students investigate the composition of sand with magnifying lenses and magnets, describing the physical characteristics that provide clues to its origin.