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The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Mission Canyon Campus and Sea Center offer school groups unique learning experiences through various activities designed to meet specific educational goals. Students are encouraged to develop keen observation skills, to generate questions, and to construct a personal understanding of the natural world. School programs are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and support the Common Core. Reservations are required for all programs.

School Trip
Museum Explorations
Available September 29, 2015 - June 8, 2016

  • Docent led Tours provide open-ended opportunities for discovery in small groups with docents, when available. Exploration Stations in the exhibit halls provide hands-on materials for up-close observations (Tuesday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon)
  • Discovery Labs are grade-specific programs for the whole class that provide hands-on learning activities. Inquiry-based methods are used to stimulate thinking.
    (Tuesday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon)
  • Outdoor Nature Explorations are available rain or shine. Students explore and closely observe the various habitats along Mission Creek where science comes to life, right in the Museum's own Backyard. (Tuesday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon)
  • Planetarium Programs provide standards-aligned presentations for grades 1, 5, and 6. The 3rd grade program is aligned with the previous standards. (Monday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon)
  • AstronoMonday is the day to bring 5th grade students to the Museum for planetarium programs as well as our AstroLab. (Monday, 9:30–10:45 AM; 10:45 AM–Noon)

Sea Center Explorations
Available September 7, 2015 - June 8, 2016

  • Docent led Tours give students the chance to observe, touch, and explore marine life in small groups. Trained docents guide engaging experiences with sharks and rays, tide pool animals, marine mammals, oceanography equipment, and live jellies. Each tour meets grade-level science standards. (Monday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon)
  • Outdoor Explorations provide grade-specific, inquiry-based outdoor experiences aligned with state standards. Students explore the natural world along East Beach near Mission Creek Lagoon using scientific tools to enhance observations and collect data. (Monday–Friday, 10:00–11:00 AM; 11:00 AM–Noon)

To schedule class visits  (Registration begins August 18, 2015 for the 2015-2016 school year)

  • Museum Mission Canyon Campus
    805-682-4711 ext. 108
    Monday-Friday, 1:00–5:00 PM
  • Sea Center Campus
    805-962-2526 ext. 108
    Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM




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