The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center in partnership with the University of California, Santa Barbara is offering free admission in honor of World Oceans Day, Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 2018 theme for World Oceans Day is avoiding plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean.
Visitors at the Sea Center can be a part of many activities, such as speaking with marine biologists about the impacts of ash from the Thomas fire; walking through a kelp forest station, and watching a Harbor Patrol Fire Boat water display at 2 p.m. (time subject to change). Additionally, visitors can submerge themselves with grey whales swimming the Santa Barbara Channel through a virtual reality headset in the Sea Center’s Channel Theatre.
World Oceans Day was first presented in 1992 by the Canadian Government at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. A petition was then distributed broadly to the United Nations, encouraging them to officially acknowledge World Oceans Day. In December 2008, a United Nations General Assembly resolution was passed, and on June 8 World Oceans Day was officially recognized by the United Nations.
In 1987, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History added the Sea Center on historic Stearns Wharf. This facility’s focus is on Santa Barbara’s ocean environment. The Sea Center is an engaging marine education facility that lets visitors discover the enjoyment in science and the natural world.