Museum open Weds–Mon, Sea Center on Stearns Wharf open daily; both 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

Help Marine Wildlife

Wildlife Protection and Rescue

A tiny snail that needs your help

The Sea Center is part of the White Abalone Captive Breeding Program. Learn about the coordinated effort to save these special marine snails on the Bodega Marine Laboratory's White Abalone Conservation page.

Report injured or distressed marine mammals in the Santa Barbara area to Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute (CIMWI) via their rescue hotline at 805-567-1505 or marine mammal online rescue form.

Report any stranded or distressed whales, dolphins, or porpoises around the Santa Barbara Channel to Channel Islands Cetacean Research Unit's stranding hotline at 805-500-6220.

Report all other injured or distressed animals in the Santa Barbara area to Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. Call their helpline at 805-681-1080 before doing anything involving a wild animal that looks injured or in distress. Visit their I Found an Animal page for more tips.

Water Quality and Use

Learn about watersheds, Santa Barbara creeks, and more from Explore Ecology. and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper.

Check beach water quality testing results.

Check harbor water quality testing results.

Save money when you save water with City of Santa Barbara's water conservation rebates.

Report pollution to Santa Barbara Channelkeeper.

Report water waste to the City of Santa Barbara.

Sustainable Seafood

Support sustainable California fisheries directly through Get Hooked community supported fishery.

Check the status of the seafood you buy in markets and restaurants with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.

Discover The Cultured Abalone Farm, whose local knowledge of abalone aquaculture has supported endangered species restoration.

Read up on California Department of Fish and Wildlife's regulations, tips, and techniques for participating in ocean sport fishing, inland sport fishing, and commercial fishing.


Learn what's locally recyclable—and how to properly dispose of hazardous waste—at

Recycle clean plastic film in Santa Barbara through Ablitt's Planet Protector Program.

Recycle large appliances, electronics, construction debris, Christmas trees, and more at South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station.

Recycle your beverage containers and earn money back at MarBorg Industries Downtown Recycle Center.

Waste Reduction and Lifestyle

A group of people cleaning up the beach on a sunny day

Join us for our monthly beach cleanups. It feels great to make a difference!

Explore Save the Reef's guide to reef-safe sunscreen options, some of which are available on site in the Sea Center Store.

Browse Citizen Sustainable's research-based sustainable living articles, ranging from sky lantern and balloon alternatives, to biodegradable vs. compostable, to eco-friendly paint.

Reduce your need for single-use packaging by buying where you can find local bulk/refill options, including Tri-County Produce, Sunkissed Pantry, and Vices and Spices in Santa Barbara; Mission Refill in Goleta; and the Isla Vista Food CO-OP in Isla Vista.