BML is currently not offering docent led public tours and visiting hours. We look forward to welcoming visitors back soon.


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Public Tours

Docent led public tours and visiting hours are currently suspended. We look forward to welcoming visitors back soon.

Group Tours

Group tours are scheduled on other weekdays up to four times a week. Group tours must be reserved and scheduled in advance. Tour size is limited to 45 adults or 30 children. A minimal fee is charged for group tours.

For more information about arranging group tours please contact (707) 875-2211 or

Docent Led Tours

Since 1976 Bodega Marine Laboratory volunteer docents have led interpretive tours for all ages. Public Education features at BML include numerous marine aquarium displays. Upon entering BML's West Wing, visitors experience a 24-foot-long display, containing many colorful local fishes and invertebrates, and a small kelp forest. Past that is a harbor aquarium, holding residents of our local estuary, Bodega Harbor. Next to that is a round aquarium that displays anemones and other organisms in our nearshore subtidal habitat. Elsewhere around the facility are smaller display aquaria featuring local and, occasionally, unique marine creatures. A tidepool mesocosm display allows visitors to experience the biodiversity and dynamic energy of the northern California coast.

We thank our volunteer docents

Our docents introduce BML to over 12,000 people annually. We are extremely grateful to our docents for their dedication to BML and enthusiasm for marine science interpretation:

Lynn Fischl, Rita Pampanin, Roger Patton, Diane Perry, Jo Ann Puglisi, Barbara Shubin, Allyson Stewart, Marcus Sugihara, Peg Thompson, and Jeffrey Zankel.