Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership


Thanks to our generous donors, the Bechtel Education Center represents a new hope for the future of the ocean.

Three highlights of the wood and metal architectural features of Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership

Opening Soon

We began construction in fall 2016. We'll start hosting programs in the new building this summer.

Bechtel Education Center Features

  • Located just a few blocks from the Aquarium on Cannery Row
  • Four stories, 26,000 square feet
  • Four learning labs with live animal displays
  • Collaborative learning spaces
  • Multipurpose room for large gatherings and student lunches
  • Rooftop garden and meeting space
  • Public exhibit space
  • Designed to meet U.S. Green Building Council's LEED gold standards for sustainability, including the use of solar panels, a living roof and water conservation features


Student looking at a sea star closely thorugh a magnifying glass

Inspiring the Next Wave of Ocean Leaders

The $42 million center is a historic investment in science education and youth development. We offer the most innovative suite of educational programs of any aquarium in the nation — free of charge.

Our Teen Programs Change Lives

Teens share how our youth development programs make a difference.



We appreciate your generous support of our groundbreaking new center dedicated to students and teachers. Thank you!