|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.
- Docent led 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, cameras, cell phones and other student supplies are not allowed on these tours.
- Outdoor Nature Explorations
(Tuesday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon)
Group size: maximum one class. May be combined with a Docent led Tour or Planetarium Program.
Students investigate the dynamic processes of the Earth's surface by direct observation walking the Mission Creek area. Students will see evidence of a paleo channel, fault lines, uplift, mountain building, erosion, sedimentation, and a catastrophic event.
- Discovery Lab
(Monday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon)
Group size: maximum one class. May be combined with a Docent led Tour or Outdoor Nature Exploration.
- Up Close - Geology: Using different types of hand lenses and microscopes, including a polarized- light microscope, students view the mineral structures of various rocks.
- 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 marine life in small groups. Trained docents guide engaging, interactive expereinces with sharks, tide pool animals, marine mammals, oceanography equipment, and live jellies. Studnets learn firsthand about how matter and energy are transfered among the vast food chains of the ocean.
- Outdoor Explorations (on East Beach)
(Monday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon) May be combined with an Interactive Tour.
Students employ the tools of marine scientists and coastal geologists to gather data and graph a side view of the topography of East Beach in Santa Barbara. In small groups, they learn how to sight the horizon through transit rods and record elevation measurements at two-meter intervals along a single line transect. Students also conduct experiments with water and sand to determine the effect of waves on the beach. Finally, they draw conclusions about the natural forces that shape the beach over time.