The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center on Stearns Wharf — in collaboration with local, national and international science and conservation groups — will celebrate World Oceans Day by offering free Sea Center admission to all visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Visitors can immerse themselves with blue whales via a virtual reality headset in the Sea Center’s Channel Theatre. UCSB researchers will explain their scientific work in local waters. Representatives from Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, Surfrider Foundation, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and the U.S. Coast Guard will show how they work to protect local marine resources.
Surfrider Foundation’s Santa Barbara chapter will hold a beach cleanup at 9 a.m. on East Beach before the event begins. The Harbor Patrol Fire Boat will stage a water display at 4 p.m. (time subject to change).
The Sea Center has partnered with local restaurants and seafood suppliers to provide on menus a special seafood item deemed Best Choice or Good Alternative by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch for the week leading up to World Oceans Day. Seafood partners include Get Hooked, Kanaloa Seafood and more.
For more information, visit sbnature.org or worldoceansday.org.