The Museum is open Wed–Mon, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM. Masks required indoors. The Sea Center is closed for renovations through spring 2022.

Underwater Parks Day Festival

At the Sea Center

January 19, 2019 / 10:00 AM–3:00 PM

Join the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center for our annual Underwater Parks Day Festival!

Dive into the world of marine science with interactive activities and crafts. Learn about octopus camouflage and go on an octopus hunt around the Sea Center habitats. Be inspired by local poets and write your own ocean-themed poetry.

Connect with marine conservation specialists to learn more about the Santa Barbara Channel. The annual Underwater Parks Day Festival is a celebration of Marine Protected Areas, which are underwater parks that preserve the biodiversity and abundance of ocean life.

Admission is free thanks to support from the Associated Students Coastal Fund at UC Santa Barbara.

For more information, contact Ed Sweeney at or call 805-962-2526, ext. 103.

Partners: UCSB Coastal Fund, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, CA Marine Sanctuaries, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment from The Ritz-Carlton Bacara (SB), Explore Ecology, and Surfrider.

Related Exhibition: Shark Cove, Intertidal Wonders, and JELLIES & Friends