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Summer Events At LA Zoos And Aquariums

July 26, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Tad Motoyama)

(credit: Tad Motoyama)

(credit: Tad Motoyama)

(credit: Tad Motoyama)

It’s time to tame your animal instincts in a whole new way by getting up close and personal with the places where fish and fowl and all sorts of other critters hang out. But this time put a spin on it. Los Angeles zoos and aquariums aren’t just places to learn about animals. They’re places in which to gather where you can get to know the inhabitants as well as your neighbors in all kinds of activities ranging from a competitive race to a place for merriment to everything in between. Take a gander at five fantastic events taking place in the months ahead.

Native Garden Workday/Beach Cleanup

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M. White Drive
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 548-7562
Aug. 3 and first Saturday of each month
www.cabrillomarinemuseum.org

All marine debris doesn’t take care of itself simply by vanishing, so the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium takes a morning each month to gather concerned members of the community who are ready to take action by cleaning up the place. However, that doesn’t mean all work and no fun. In fact, participants make lasting friendships while learning a lot about the plant and animal life in this part of Southern California. Your less-informed friends might just want to get in on this socially-oriented conservation effort the next time these folks get together to do some more good for the San Pedro and surrounding community.

Creature Camp Out!

Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-4211
Aug. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18
www.lazoo.org

Have a hoot, literally, by partaking of the Creature Camp Out — evenings especially designed for families wanting to get to know residents of the Los Angeles Zoo up close and personal in the middle of the night. In August, the zoo closes for the day to regular guests, and special guests get the chance to camp out near the animals just as if these families were on safari in some far-away land. Pretending that’s so, the action takes place in our own urban backyard smack in the middle of Griffith Park. Home is a tent put up just for your protection against the elements and a continental breakfast is served upon awakening in the early morning hours just in time for more adventures.

(credit: Tad Motoyama)

(credit: Tad Motoyama)

Brew at the L.A. Zoo

Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-4211
Aug. 9
www.lazoo.org

Local craft and microbreweries invade the zoo for a evening, making this visit to see the animals more of a party than just a sightseeing tour of this multi-faceted venue that also includes botanical gardens located in lush and often untamed Griffith Park. In case you’re wondering, there will be grub on hand in the form of pub fare as well as a nice selection of musical entertainment to spin a good mood for all in attendance. So why not sing along with the resident critters on this special night in early August when all of LA will be out howling in tune to a rousing good time?

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(credit: Aquarium of the Pacific)

(credit: Aquarium of the Pacific)

Aquarium of the Pacific 5K Run/Walk

Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 951-1630
Sept. 8
www.aquariumofpacific.org/events

For the second year in a row, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach hosts a very special 5K Run/Walk. The scenic course, a coastal loop around the Rainbow Harbor, leads runners and walkers around the Aquarium and along the surrounding shore. Not only does the registration fee get you into the race, but also into the aquarium once you’ve paid your dues on the track. Pre-registration is online (see above) and participants are privy to all kinds of bounty just for taking part in this community race. So, ready, set, go and try to medal in the second annual Aquarium of the Pacific 5K Run/Walk.

(credit: Aquarium of the Pacific)

(credit: Aquarium of the Pacific)

Job Shadow: Marine Biologist

Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 951-1630
Oct. 30, Nov. 2
www.aquariumofpacific.org/events

There is something very fishy about the educational program for middle and high school students at the Aquarium of the Pacific called Job Shadow: Marine Biologist. This is a terrific way to explore options for those intrigued by this particular career calling. Three-hour programs give eager girls and boys the opportunity to listen to an aquarist talk about his or her job, visit where that professional and his or her colleagues work, feed various sea creatures including the 350,000-gallon tropical reef habitat and the rays and watch with awe as the experts feed the giant Pacific octopus living on the premises. And those are just some of the amazing adventures to be absorbed while shadowing a certified marine biologist in his or her very own place of business.

Related: Best Zoos And Aquariums In OC

Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.

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