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Santa Monica Bay is a national treasure extending from Point Dume to Palos Verdes Point. The bay teems with life, serving as home to over 5,000 species of birds, fish, mammals, plants and other wildlife.  The bay and its environs also provide essential habitat for a number of migratory waterfowl and shorebirds, as well as for threatened and endangered species. The bay also provides recreational opportunities for an estimated 45 million visitors each year -- more than 500,000 a day at the height of summer.  There are many visions of the bay -- as a gathering place, a vital component of the local economy, a recreational wonder, a wilderness in our own backyard - and an exciting opportunity for our classrooms. marine education

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is a marine science aquarium located beach-level –just below the Carousel - at the Santa Monica Pier. Interactive displays, touch tanks filled with animals found in tide pools and aquaria exhibits are some of the main features of the Pier Aquarium. The aquarium offers school groups, families and visitors a unique view into the ocean world just outside its doors and is home to dozens of species of animals and plants of the Santa Monica Bay. Visit the pier online at

Key to the Sea

Students participating in Key to the Sea learn about watershed stewardship, stormwater pollution prevention and marine conservation - all accomplished through fun, hands-on, engaging educational activities culminating in a field trip to the beach! In addition, teachers receive professional development training before the field trip along with standards-based curriculum, all for free! Visit
Last updated: Tuesday, 04/21/2009

The Library Goes Sustainable All Over!

Whether you are a professional or student researcher, or just a parent trying to get through another science project for your child, the Library's collection has hundreds of sustainable selections. The Library itself is a phenomenal green story. 


Guided Learning Opportunities at the Santa Monica Pier

Parents and teachers - take advantage of a wide range of award-winning lesson plans built around the dynamic activities available at the Santa Monica Pier. These curricula for students from K thru 12 cover everything from history to science to health to career-building and more. Check it out!
Santa Monica Pier Curriculum


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