Visiting BML

Public Tours

Public drop in tours are available most Fridays, 2:00-4:00 PM, for groups of less than 10 people.

Bodega Marine Laboratory will NOT be open for public visiting hours on the following Fridays:

  • Friday, March 30, 2018 – no public visiting hours (University holiday)

Docent Led Tours

Since 1976 Bodega Marine Laboratory volunteer docents have led interpretive tours for all ages.

Public Education features at BML include numerous marine aquarium displays. Upon entering BML’s West Wing, visitors experience a 24-foot-long display, containing many colorful local fishes and invertebrates, and a small kelp forest. Past that is a harbor aquarium, holding residents of our local estuary, Bodega Harbor. Next to that is a round aquarium that displays anemones and other organisms in our nearshore subtidal habitat. Elsewhere around the facility are smaller display aquaria featuring local and, occasionally, unique marine creatures. A tidepool mesocosm display allows visitors to experience the biodiversity and dynamic energy of the northern California coast.

Maps and directions to BML

Group Tours:

Group tours are scheduled on other weekdays up to four times a week. Group tours must be reserved and scheduled in advance. Tour size is limited to 45 adults or 30 children. A minimal fee is charged for group tours. For more information about arranging group tours please contact (707) 875-2211.

We thank our volunteer docents:

Our docents introduce BML to over 12,000 people annually. We are extremely grateful to our docents for their dedication to BML and enthusiasm for marine science interpretation:

Bea Brunn, Trevor Davey, Charles Greene, James Kelley, Rita Pampanin, Roger Patton, Diane Perry, Jo Ann Puglisi, Daryl Schloss, Barbara Shubin, Marcus Sugihara, and Jeffrey Zankel.

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