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

Now Open

We began construction in fall 2016 and opened our doors in summer 2019.

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!