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On Track to Build our New Center for Ocean Education and Leadership

Our vision for educating and inspiring future ocean leaders is closer to a reality

As our conservation research and policy programs continue to expand internationally, we remain dedicated to nurturing future ocean stewards at home by teaching schoolchildren from all backgrounds about the marine environment. We want to help them become confident, science-literate and ready to act on behalf of the natural world.

Since we opened, over 2.3 million students and 822,000 teachers and chaperones from all over the state have visited the Aquarium free of charge.

As proud as we are of all we've accomplished, there is still much to do. The size and demographics of California's population are changing. Schools need more trained science teachers than ever, and the ocean faces a growing array of significant environmental challenges that need our attention.

We're excited to say that the opportunity for us to expand our impact on students, teens and teachers is just around the corner.

With your help, we hope to break ground this year on our new Center for Ocean Education and Leadership on Cannery Row.

"The new Center will enable us to offer students who now explore the Aquarium on self-guided field trips with more impactful educator-led programs. This will provide them with a richer, more focused educational experience during their visit," says Rita Bell, Director of Education Programs.

We'll also be able to significantly increase the number of teens who take part in our ongoing leadership programs. And we’ll provide professional development opportunities for thousands of additional teachers.

The environmentally responsible design of the new building will facilitate teaching, learning and sharing, with flexible open spaces that can be divided into multiple classrooms as needed. Additional areas of the building offer other opportunities for group exploration and collaboration.

The ground floor will include an exhibit space on Cannery Row that’s open to the public.

"We're truly excited about the opportunities that the Center for Ocean Education and Leadership will afford our community, and we know it will be a source of pride for the Central Coast," Rita says.

Won't you join us?

We need $65 million to build our new Center for Ocean Education and Leadership and fund our ongoing education programs. Please join us and help make the new Center a reality.
To make your gift, please call our Development office at (800) 840-4880.
Thank you for your generous support.