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  Grade Level K
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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. 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.
    • Be a Scientist
      This versatile lab explores how scientists make sense of our diverse natural world. Students observe, describe, compare, and sort a variety of seashells.  They also identify and compare bones they share with another mammal, the Blue Whale.
  • Outdoor Nature Exploration
    (Tuesday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM, 11:00 AM-Noon)
    • 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 offersthe freedom to explore in a natural setting and make one's own discoveries. A visit to the Nature Cub 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.



  • Interactive Tour
    (Monday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon)
    Group size: maximum 80 students. 
    Interactive Tours give students the chance to observe, touch, and explore Santa Barbara's marine life in small groups. Trained docents guide engaging, interactive expereince with sharks and rays, tide pool animals, marine mammals, oceanography equipment, and live jellies. Each tour meets grade-level content standards.
  • Outdoor Explorations (at East Beach)
    (Monday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon)
    May be combined with Self-guided 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 birds and examine the sand. Students may find clams, worms, insects, kelp, shells, feathers, bones, rocks, and even tree branches. Buckets, tweezers, and hand lenses are used to respectfully observe found items of interest. Students carefully sort their discoveries according to similarities/differences as well as examples of living things versus nonliving things. Ultimately, students return all biotic items to the natural habitat.



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