Support Marine Science Education

Support Marine Science Education

Sadly, the Central Coast Aquarium has been impacted by COVID-19. However, due to the help of many generous donors we are once again able to open our doors to the public.

Our Mission: To cultivate a community dedicated to ocean stewardship through education, engagement, and action. Central Coast Aquarium (CCA) is committed to transparency in philanthropy.

Did you know that exhibit hall admission fees and education program fees cover only about 65% of our operational needs in a year? And, that 65% includes all proceeds from the gift shop! Therefore, CCA must continue to raise funds to cover the gap in funding in order to keep the public exhibit hall open 6 days a week year round, provide excellent animal care for the over 250 animals in our collection, and have the ability to offer scholarships to schools ensuring a diverse group of students get the benefit of marine science education.

Every dollar you donate goes directly to fund these three areas. We appreciate every single donation. CCA staff team actively write grants each year. If you have ideas for grant funding, please be in touch!


Donate with a Credit Card: Click on the link below and donate by credit card using Square. Please make a note about how you would like your donation to be designated!

Donate with a Check: Write a check to Central Coast Aquarium and mail to: Central Coast Aquarium, PO Box 460, Avila Beach, CA 93424

Donate through Planned Giving: By leaving a legacy gift to support marine science education at the Central Coast Aquarium in your will or estate plans, you will help ensure that we continue to provide high quality PreK to Grade 12 marine science education along with dynamic public education and excellent animal care in our Exhibit Hall well into the future. You can name Central Coast Aquarium as a beneficiary in your will, a qualified IRA, or life insurance plan and your gift will have a lasting impact.

You also may chose to donate stocks or securities to the Central Coast Aquarium.

Consult your lawyer, accountant, or financial adviser for specific advice or assistance. If you do include Central Coast Aquarium in your estate plan, please inform us so that we can ensure your wishes are carried out in exactly the manner you have intended.

Sample Bequest Language: “I give, devise, and bequeath (describe dollar amount, property to be given, or percentage of estate) to the Central Coast Aquarium, Tax ID 77-0479110, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation having its principal place of business in Avila Beach, County of San Luis Obispo, State of California. This gift may be used by Central Coast Aquarium to support the organization’s highest priorities.”

Donate through Amazon Smile: Did you know that you can give to the Central Coast Aquarium simply by shopping on Amazon? It's easy!

Option One: In order for CCA to receive the donation, please remember to sign in to every time you shop! If it's your first time using Amazon Smile, sign in to and search for and select Central Coast Aquarium under "Pick Your Own Charitable Organization." After that, .05% of the cost of your purchase goes to CCA.

Do you have other ideas about making a donation? Would you like more information about specific needs at the Aquarium? Contact us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Central Coast Aquarium is a registered 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization. For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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50 San Juan Street, Avila Beach, CA 93424