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Throughout the year, the Museum offers an exciting variety of family programs designed to encourage understanding and appreciation of the many facets of our natural world.  

Upcoming Programs (2017)

Science on Site: The Art of Bug Pinning 
Saturday, May 27, 2017
11:00 AM–2:00 PM
at the Museum
in Broder Hall

Come observe Museum entomologists Dr. Matthew Gimmel and Sandy Russell as they show how dead insects are pinned and prepared for our vast behind-the-scenes research collection.

Select visitors (age 10+) can also participate by signing up to pin dead beetle or butterfly specimens of their own.

All are welcome to observe. Space for pinning activity is limited, sign-up occurs on the day of program outside of Broder Hall and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

FREE with paid Museum admission.  
Information: Contact Stefanie Coleman at 805-682-4711 ext. 170or



Select Thursdays, June through September

  • June 8, 29
  • August 10, 31
  • September 21


Thursday, June 8, 2017
11:00 AM–12:00 PM
On Stearns Wharf, in front of the Sea Center

Become immersed in the world below the ocean’s surface. Watch and interact with SCUBA Divers LIVE as they explore our local coastal ecosystems such as sea grass beds, kelp forests and more. Ask the divers questions while learning about the habitats and organisms under Stearns Wharf and beyond. FREE public program. 

Information: Contact Stefanie Coleman at 805-682-4711 ext. 170 or


Family Friendly Festivals:

World Oceans Day @ Sea Center on Saturday, June 3, 11:00 AM-5:00PM
Astro-vaganza on Saturday, September 9
California Coastal Beach Cleanup on Saturday, September 16
Tales and Scales @ Sea Center on Saturday, October 28, 11:00 AM-3:00PM
Supak'a: Chumash Gathering on Saturday, November 11

For more information about upcoming programs, please visit our Calendar page.
Please contact 805-682-4711 ext. 170 or if you have questions regarding family programs.  


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