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 chaperones. 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 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, Outdoor Nature Exploration, or Planetarium Program.
The Chumash People
Students investigate exhibits in the Chumash Hall, visit our Sukinanik’oy Garden to learn about Chumash native plant uses, and explore hands-on materials and artifact replicas of everyday life.
- Outdoor Nature Explorations
(Tuesday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon) Group size: maximum one class. May be combined with an Interactive Tour, Discovery Lab, or Planetarium Program.
Reconnect to Nature
Students visit a natural environment where they look for aquatic plants and animals in the creek and dig under compost to discover terrestrial animals. This experience offers the freedom to explore in a natural setting and make one’s own discoveries. Field equipment is provided.
- Planetarium Programs
(Monday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon)
Capacity: 44, including adults. May be combined with an Interactive Tour, Discovery Lab, or Outdoor Nature Exploration.
Objects in the sky move in regular and predictable patterns - but how? And why? This program is an introdiction to the basic concepts in astronomy including finding North, investigating the difference between planets, moons, and stars, and understanding how we know what we know about our sky. Throughout the program we mention how past cultures, mainly the Chumash, have interpreted these concepts.
- 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.
Interactive Tours give students the chance to observe, touch, and explore Santa Barbara's marine life in small groups. Trained docents guide engaging experiences with sharks and rays, tide pool animals, marine mammals, oceanography equipment, and live jellies. Students learn firsthand about the unique adaptations that improve the chances of survival for marine life.
- Outdoor Nature Exploration (on East Beach)
(Monday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon) May be combined with Interactive Tour.
Coastal Bird Adaptations
Students examine the beaks, legs, and feet of shorebirds to draw conclusions about how varied features promote survival in the wild. The children learn how to use binoculars in order to investigate bird behavior along the coast and in an estuary. Behaviors associated with eating and movement are matched to specific bird features. Students leave with a heightened appreciation for unique bird adaptations and careful observation in the natural world.