Community Programs

Science After Dark

Science After Dark is back! 

This program is an adult lecture series at the Central Coast Aquarium. An evening for those 21 and older, held on the last Tuesday of each month, October through May. 

2024 Speakers & Dates

  • January 30: John Lindsey – waves, rains and coastal flooding
  • February 27: Dr. Ashley Sobchuk-Hudson – sounds in the oceans and its effects on marine mammals
  • March 26: Dr. Paul Sikkel – for the love of the Garibaldi, protecting our marine state fish of California
  • April 30: Gena Bentall – Sea Otters
  • May 28: Erin Johnston, research scientist, Cal Poly

Program Information

Join us from 6-6:45pm for local wine and heavy appetizers as you tour the aquarium. Coffee, tea and desserts to follow with our guest speaker beginning at 7pm
  • $25 per person
  • Local wine
  • Heavy appetizers
  • All sessions passes are available
*if you are interested in becoming a guest speaker, please contact
*please no refunds or exchanges

Birthday Parties & Event Rentals

Book your private party today! Birthdays, weddings, reunions and more. Host your event in the heart of downtown Avila Beach. Located adjacent to the park, beach, shopping and restaurants.

Volunteer Opportunities

Dive into the excitement of working at the Central Coast Aquarium! A fun and educational experience, where we will train those who wish to learn more about marine science and education.