Please note that due to COVID-19, docent-led public tours and visiting hours are currently suspended. We look forward to welcoming back visitors as soon as we can safely do so.
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.
Public drop in tours are available most Fridays, 2:00-4:00 PM, for groups of less than 10 people.
By Suzanne M - on Oct 26, 2018
Extremely interesting tour
This place so exceeded my expectations. I have been thinking about going here for several years and never got around to it because I live near by. So to day I went there and it was most interesting...
We researched the BML before driving over to the coast. My daughter (14) is a hopeful marine biologist so we are always looking into ways to support her goal. We knew this was a working research lab...