Support the Central Coast Aquarium

You Make Marine Education Happen!

Central Coast Aquarium’s founders, Russ and Carol Kiessig, established the organization in 1994 fueled by Russ’ dream to share the wonder of the ocean with local residents, students, and travelers.

A great way to support the aquarium and get something in return! Members may visit our Exhibit Hall during public operating hours and receive 10% off of purchases.

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Did you know that exhibit hall admission fees and education program fees cover only about 65% of our operational needs in a year? And, that 65% includes all proceeds from the gift shop! Therefore, CCA must continue to raise funds to cover the gap in funding in order to keep the public exhibit hall open 6 days a week year round, provide excellent animal care for the over 250 animals in our collection, and have the ability to offer scholarships to schools ensuring a diverse group of students get the benefit of marine science education.

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Forget about boring volunteer work and dive into the excitement of working at the Central Coast Aquarium! We’re currently seeking motivated and reliable volunteers to join our organization.

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Today, the Central Coast Aquarium celebrates more than 25 years as a precious community resource with interactive exhibits, outdoor activities, and laboratory lessons for all ages serving over 23,000 visitors and 4,500 school students each year. Nearly 25 years later, the Central Coast Aquarium continues to embrace Russ Kiessig’s original mission to cultivate a community dedicated to ocean stewardship through education, engagement, and action.

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