Our Ocean Education Center houses a 16,000-gallon system of small
aquaria designed to support the educational programs and provide
for public display. The live teaching collection comprises an
excess of 160 species and over 1,200 specimens of local marine
life. The husbandry staff procures and maintains live
representatives of our local ecosystems for students of all ages
to observe the marine flora and fauna up close and appreciate
Our garden, located behind the Ocean Institute’s main facilities,
features six communities of plants native to coastal Southern
California. This garden acts as a home and food source to small
animals while providing pollen to birds and insects alike.
Read more about the species and communities below.