Celebrate Underwater Parks Day at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17.

Discover the hidden magic of California’s underwater parks through hands-on activities, marine science investigations and special programming delights.

Admission is free for elementary school students from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Interact with community conservation groups

Wharf Discovery Booths

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Channel Islands National Park

Community Environmental Council

Explore Ecology

Gray Whales Count

Ocean Conservancy

Quasars to Sea Stars- marine debris educators

Reef Check

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper

Santa Barbara Creek’s Division

Save the Mermaids

Surfrider Foundation

Hands-On Activities

Arts and crafts activities

Marine Science Investigations

Touch tanks, touch a shark, kelp holdfast dissections

Underwater Parks Artwork

View underwater parks themed artwork created by Monte Vista and Ellwood Elementary school students

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Meet Kisa!

Wharf Discovery Station

A live Peregrine Falcon presented by Eyes in the Sky.


See a Splashy Water Display

East side of Stearns Wharf

Created by a Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol Fire Boat

1 to 1:30 p.m.

Come dive into an Underwater Park!

Sea Center Channel Theater Presentation

Environmental Defense Center, Marine Conservation Analyst, Kristi Birney

2 to 2:30  p.m.

Exploring archeological sites on the Channel Islands

Sea Center Channel Theater Presentation

SBMNH, Curator of Anthropology, John R. Johnson, Ph.D.

For more information, contact Ron Skinner at rskinner@sbnature2.org or call 805.682.4711 x170.

— Lura Astor is a marketing coordinator for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center.