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Visitor Centers

photo - Channel Islands Boating Center Channel Islands Boating Center
Providing educational and recreational opportunities for students of California State University - Channel Islands, Ventura County residents, and visitors to the Channel Islands Harbor. The facility includes engaging and interactive exhibits and touch-screen kiosks to help boaters and others learn about and enjoy NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, as well as classrooms, and indoor and outdoor boat storage space. For information about use of the Channel Islands Boating Center for an event, contact CSUCI Conferences & Events (805-437-3900 or events@csuci.edu).

photo - Center for Environmental Communication and Education (CECE)

Center for Environmental Communication
and Education (CECE)

Located in the adjoining building to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary office at the UC Santa Barbara Campus is the future home of the Center for Environmental Communication and Education (CECE). CECE's mission is to research, develop, test and promote effective practices in environmental communication. CECE will enhance environmental science literacy for learners of all ages and foster environmental stewardship. Partners in CECE include Marine Science Institute, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education and NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

For the sanctuary, CECE will be the new home for Outreach, Communication and Training for Ocean Science (OCTOS) programs including k-12 classroom programs, teacher professional development, communication of NOAA and sanctuary science, and community stakeholder engagement.


photo - Outdoors Santa Barbara Visitor CenterOutdoors Santa Barbara Visitor Center
Enjoy the best view from the balcony of this visitor center in Waterfront Center in the Santa Barbara Harbor. Outdoors Santa Barbara Visitor Center is a partnership between Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Channel Islands National Park and the United States Forest Service. 113 Harbor Way, 4th floor, Santa Barbara, CA. 93109 Ph. 805.456-8752 Click here for more information.

photo - The Santa Barbara Maritime MuseumThe Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is located in the Waterfront Center in the Santa Barbara Harbor. The Museum preserves and presents to the public the maritime history of California's Central Coast, while providing an ongoing educational platform to study and record human interaction with the marine environment. The Sanctuary and the Museum are developing five interactive exhibits featuring the shipwrecks at the Channel Islands. Sanctuary staff also participate in ongoing lecture series at the Museum. The Museum is located at 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California, 93109. Phone 805-962-8404. Click here for more information.


photo - Cabrillo High School AquariumCabrillo High School Aquarium
is located on the Campus of Cabrillo High School in the Lompoc Unified School District. High school students are active participants in the daily maintenance, operation and outreach programs of the Aquarium. The Sanctuary partners with the Aquarium on exhibits, including a weather kiosk display and other educational programs. The Aquarium is located at 4350 Constellation Rd., Vandenberg Village, CA 93436. Click here for more information.


photo - S.B. Museum of Natural History Sea CenterSanta Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center
The Sea Center, located on Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara, California is closed for renovation until June 2003 when it will reopen as a hands on immersion laboratory that highlights the work of scientists who explore, monitor and discover ways to preserve our oceans. The Sanctuary is collaborating with the Sea Center on educational exhibits and programs. Click here for more information.


photo - Channel Islands National Park Visitor CenterChannel Islands National Park Visitor Center
The Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center at Channel Islands National Park The Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center at Channel Islands National Park has several marine and Channel Islands related educational displays including a rocky tidepool, elephant seal exhibit and pygmy mammoth exhibit. There is also a theatre, bookstore and Channel Islands Information Center. The Visitor Center is located is 1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, California 93001. Phone: 805-658-5730. Click here for more information.


photo - South Coast Watershed Resource Center South Coast Watershed Resource Center
Built at the request of Santa Barbara County in response to growing concern about the South Coast’s water quality, the Watershed Resource Center makes the connection between healthy watersheds and each of our own personal habits-such as cleaning up after pets, landscaping with native plants and properly disposing of everyday chemicals. Other features of the Center include a native plant area, an ocean view deck, a tile mosaic of the Channel Islands, a wetlab for testing water samples, and a special area for the building of a tomol- the traditional redwood plank canoe used by early Chumash people. A research area open to the public includes two on-line computers and a public library. The Center is located at Arroyo Burro Beach at 2981 Cliff Drive in Santa Barbara, California 93109. Phone 805-682-6113. Click here for more information.

For more information, contact:
Julie Bursek, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
University of California Santa Barbara
Ocean Science Education Building 514, MC 6155
Santa Barbara, CA  93106-6155

805-983-6423
Julie.Bursek@noaa.gov


 

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