Sanctuary Exploration Center

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center is a state-of-the-art facility designed to foster stewardship of the region’s marine ecosystem. Just steps from the ocean, the two-story, 12,387 square-foot center, located in Santa Cruz’ famed beach area, functions as the sanctuary’s premier interpretive facility. Our guest, Lisa Uttal, Sanctuary Exploration Center Interim Director, describes how interactive exhibits connect people with the water, geology, ecosystems, and the extraordinary diversity of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Exhibits include the Exploration Theater, a walk through a kelp forest, intertidal touchpool, open-ocean mini-theater and a replica deep-sea canyon with a remotely operated vehicle.

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