Since 1997, the Corps has operated and managed the SEA Lab, our hands-on science center dedicated to marine conservation and education programs, located in Redondo Beach.

Each year, SEA Lab staff, Corpsmembers and volunteers educate school children and visitors about marine life and the importance of protecting our oceans.

History of the SEA Lab

The site was originally founded in 1974 as the Edison Marine Research Laboratory to develop a state-of-the-art fish protection system that was used at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Twenty years later, Southern California Edison, together with Earth Island Institute, decided to convert the site into a coastal science education center. LA Conservation Corps was selected to develop and manage the new SEA Lab as one of its programs.

In addition to its in-center programs, the SEA Lab extends its offerings into the community through summer camp programs, community service projects and the Traveling Tidepool mobile exhibit. All of the activities are operated by college students trained by the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, who receive help from more than 50 dedicated local volunteers.

For more information about any of our programs or activities at SEA Lab, please contact Maria Madrigal at 310.318.7432, or

Native Plant Nursery

The SEA Lab’s native plant nursery grows coastal native plants used for local habitat restoration projects.

Corpsmembers gain valuable skills as they participate in all the steps of the growing process from collecting seeds to planting the native vegetation in and around the South Bay area.

If you’ve attended an ocean-friendly landscaping workshop sponsored by West Basin Municipal Water District and want to schedule your plant pick-up, please complete the following form.

To learn more about our nursery or to purchase plants, call 310.318.7432.