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Sharks @ the Beach & CNSM Live!

The CSULB Shark Lab and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics jointly present: Sharks @ the Beach & CNSM Live!

Join us on Saturday July 21, 2018 for an afternoon of shark & science & math fun! Admission is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend.

  • View special video footage featuring the CSULB Shark Lab
  • Participate a Q&A session with Shark Scientist Chris Lowe and guests
  • Tour the Shark and Marine Labs
  • View the sun via solar telescopes
  • Challenge yourself with Math puzzles
  • Experience a simulated ocean oil spill and clean-up
  • Take a hands-on tour of our Museum Collections of mammals, birds, and reptiles
  • Try Science Learning Center activities and exhibits
  • Meet our partners in science from Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and the California Science Center
  • Do mentored Physics experiments

Admission is free; donations are greatly appreciated. Snacks will be available for purchase during event.

1:00pm to 5:00pm in the Hall of Science building.


Arrive early! Free parking is available in the Foundation parking lot, but space is limited. Additional parking is available on campus for $9.

An alternative parking lot is available for guests with a valid DP/handicap placard who require an accessible pathway; please see the Visitor Information Center on Beach Drive BEFORE 2PM for a parking permit for lot E10 at no cost.

Free Parking in Foundation Parking Lot

Parking for Event
Free parking is located in the Foundation parking lot off of State University Drive. Once parked, use the crosswalk to cross East Campus Drive. Turn right, and then take the stairs/ramp on your left. Once at the top of the stairs/ramp, turn left before you reach the University Student Union (USU). Take the stairs up. Entrance to the event will be in the Hall of Science (HSCI) on your left.

Accessible/ADA Parking Lot

ADA Parking for Event
For guests with a valid DP/handicap placard who require an accessible/ADA pathway, parking permits are available at the Visitor Information Center (VIC) on Beach Drive. Please present your valid DP/handicap placard to the attendant, who will give you a permit for lot E10 at no cost. Lot E10 is located off of West Campus Drive. Once parked, the event entrance is directly east past the Bookstore. Please note that these permits will only be available until 2:00pm.

Some of the Experiences We Will Share with You

Dr. Chris Lowe and the CSULB Shark Lab team
Meet Dr. Chris Lowe and his CSULB Shark Lab team of graduate and undergraduate students. The mission of the Shark Lab is to study the physiological and behavioral ecology of marine animals, emphasizing the effect of human activity on the ocean; to utilize and develop innovative technology to answer challenging questions important for the conservation and restoration of depleted populations; and to train the next generation of marine biologists.
semi-enclosed tank bay
Tour the Shark Lab's facilities, which include a semi-enclosed outdoor tank bay that has a 10,000 gallon recirculating system including chillers, protein skimmers, and cartridge filters. The tank bay has several large polyurethane tanks for holding gamefishes, sharks, skates and rays.
Marine Lab
Tour the Marine Lab's facilities, which include an 18,000 gallon recirculating seawater system which supplies tanks in both indoor and semi-enclosed outdoor spaces with a constant supply of clean water at local environmental temperatures. Thus it has the ability to keep locally collected live marine animals (algae, invertebrates, and fishes) for classroom and research purposes.
Science Learning Center activities
Try Science Learning Center activities and exhibits. The Science Learning Center provides unique learning experiences for elementary and middle school aged students in local communities through exhibits and activities that encourage questioning and hands-on investigation.
Dr. Ted Stankowich and the CSULB Mammal Lab team
Meet Dr. Ted Stankowich and his CSULB Mammal Lab team of undergraduate and graduate students. The goal of the Mammal Lab is to understand how animals make decisions during predator-prey encounters and to understand what ecological factors influence the evolution of animal behavior and morphologies. The Mammal Lab studies the behavior of skunks and coyotes in the wild using robotic models, sounds, and smells and use museum specimens (skulls and pelts) to investigate the evolution of mammalian defenses like armor, spines, tusks, and antlers.
rhino skull
Take a hands-on tour of our Museum Collections of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Our collections are used for scientific research on environmental quality, conservation, species diversity, species relationships, animal behavior, development, and other topics. They are also used for laboratory instruction of CSULB students and in educational displays for visitors.
solar telescopes
View the sun via the solar telescopes from our Department of Physics and Astronomy. Solar telescope are special purpose instruments that detect light with wavelengths in, or not far outside, the visible spectrum. Please note that the solar telescopes will not be available on an overcast day.
student experimenting with momentum transfer of toy cars
Do physics experiments mentored by members of our Department of Physics and Astronomy. Physics is not something that only happens in a science lab. Charging your cell phone by plugging it into an electrical outlet, stopping your car or bike with your brakes, and producing sound with your vocal cords when you speak are all examples of physics in everyday life. These experiments will help you understand how matter and energy behave in the world around you.