Cabrillo High School Aquarium receives large grant for tidepool project

Posted at 8:00 PM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 01:34:20-04

The Cabrillo High School Aquarium is getting a $100,000 grant from the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors.

The Coastal Resource Enhancement Fund grant will go toward the aquarium’s Interactive Tidepool Project.

The school says it originally expected to receive $85,331, but the supervisors were so impressed by the students’ presentation, they increased the grant money.

The project to install a new touch tank exhibit is expected to cost a total of $250,000.

The aquarium has already received a $54,000 pledge from the Lompoc Unified School District and a $25,000 matching grant from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation.

An artist’s rendering of the Interactive Tidepool Project. (Image courtesy Cabrillo High School Aquarium)


Anyone interested in donating to the program can mail checks to the Cabrillo High School Aquarium at 4350 Constellation Rd., Lompoc CA, 93436 or contact Aquarium Director Greg Eisen at

The aquarium’s 6,000-square foot facility opened in 2002 and has more than 20 live and static displays. It is maintained by Cabrillo High School students who host several open house events for the public each school year.

Students tend to a tank in the Cabrillo High School Aquarium. (KSBY photo)