Oceanographer for a Day or Pacific Explorer


Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific Official At-Sea Programs

At-Sea programs are designed to let 3-12 grade students get hands-on experiences on the ocean. Aboard the coast guard certified boat the R/V Challenger, your students will enjoy getting out on the open ocean and learning about ocean ecology and conservation. Students will be doing some pretty sophisticated analysis of local marine habitats during their research cruise. They truly become oceanographers for the day as they inspect ocean sediments, measure and record the contents of a biological collection using an otter trawl net, view marine plankton and sieve burrowing benthic creatures. They will compliment their voyage of discovery with a comparative analysis of animals from different habitats and climate zones as they walk through the Aquarium of the Pacific’s exhibits and galleries.

Two Great Programs!

The Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific is a world-class aquarium in downtown Long Beach featuring the habitats and sea creatures of the Northern Pacific, Tropical Pacific and Southern California/Baja regions. The extensive live animal exhibits compliment Long Beach Marine Institute’s floating lab programs so well, that the Aquarium chose LBMI to be the official at-sea educational program provider over dozens of other candidates. Come to Long Beach and make a day of exploring the Pacific with a visit to the Aquarium exhibits and a research cruise aboard the R/V Challenger. You can choose from the popular Oceanographer for a Day program or the new Pacific Explorer program which includes a whale watch when scheduled between January 2 and March 31.