A program of the Lawrence Hall of Science that seeks to increase ocean literacy through informal and formal education initiatives
Marine Activities, Resources & Education

Pacific Environment and Resources Center (PERC)

The PERC education facility is on Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands. This ideal site allows student the opportunity to explore a sandy beach and trails through the Headlands and to see views of rocky seashore and the open ocean. As part of the same field trip, students can take part in other programs offered nearby at the Marine Mammal Center, the Headlands Instiutue, or the Marin Headlands Visitor Center. Call for reservations.

Keller's Beach

Located at Point Richmond in Richmond, this site contains a sandy beach, wetlands, and a rocky seashore. An adjoining lagoon is home to a variety of water birds. There are vantage points to see the San Francisco Bay islands, bridges and coastline.

Berkeley Marina Experience Program

This program, developed in 1979, provides hand-on Marine Environmental Education for approixmately 3,510 children each year. The Berkeley Marina Experience is in the Nature Center, which has a 100 gallon saltwater aquarium that features animals found in San Francisco Bay, a touch table, and a cormorant display. The Nature Center at the Berkeley Marina provides easy access to the rocky seashore, Berkeley pier, and docks. A research boat program is offered for 5-12 classes, and a sailing boat program is offered for grades 4-12. Other programs are available for grades K-12.

Bay Area Discovery Museum

The museum conducts a variety of ocean-related field trips, and maintains interactive exhibits related to the bay and general Bay Area science and culture.


This science exploration hall contains approximately 600 interactive science exhibits and several marine tanks that demonstrate processes and concepts from all areas of science. Exhibit "Explainers," individualized programs, and teacher training workshops are available.

Steinhart Aquarium (California Academy of Sciences)

The Steinhart, which opened in September 1923, is the oldest, still-operating grand municipal aquarium in America. The aquarium's collection includes species found at no other institution in the world, as well as species that are extinct in the wild.

Floating Marine Lab

From October through June, San Diego County Schools offer a unique Floating Marine Lab program aboard the dive boats Horizon and Ocean Odyssey. For all age groups.

Crab Cove

Crab Cove is a marine reserve at Crown Memorial State Beach. This is an excellent place to observe sandy beach processes as well as intertidal plants and animals. Pond programs are also available with a focus on local plants and birds. The southern end of the beach is a saltwater marsh with a large variety of shorebirds and waterfowl including the endangered Clapper Rail. Call for a reservation form. Application deadlines for mail-in lottery of first Monday in May for summer prgorams, first Monday in Auygust for autumn programs, and first Monday is December for spring programs.

Lawrence Hall of Science

The Lawrence Hall of Science Programs for Schools & Community Groups offer several programs for school sites and at the Hall. Assemblies: Dazzling science-on-stage presentations that involve your enthusiastic audience. Perfect for large groups. Workshops: Every student becomes a scientist, immersed in innovative, hands-on science and math activities. Choose from dozens of workshops for all grades in earth science, life science, math, computers, and physical science. Festivals: Involve the whole school community in science and math learning. Great for your open house or school fair.

Dolphin Charters

San Francisco Bay Area naturalist Ronn Storro-Patterson guides boat expeditions for school groups through wetland marshes in the delta, to watch gray whales off the coast, and to troll for fish and plankton in the bay.