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Learn about the sanctuary and participate in activities to help protect this undersea treasure. A variety of events are offered throughout the year. kayker

Calendar of Events

Check out a current schedule of sanctuary and marine-related events!

Sanctuary Classic

Sanctuary Classic

July - Early September
Where: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

A nationwide fishing and photo contest especially for kids and families with great prizes in different categories.


Coastal Cleanup Day

When: Mid-September

Volunteers come together annually to pick up trash and debris from California's coastal beaches and watersheds.


When: Last weekend in January
Where: Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, CA

Fun and informative activities and displays celebrating whales and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in the “Whale Watching Capital of the World!”

The Great Annual Fish Count

When: Mid-June

Volunteer divers and snorkelers are trained to document fish diversity and population trends in marine sanctuaries.

Snapshot Day

Snapshot Day

When: Mid-April

Volunteers test water quality throughout the sanctuary's watersheds one day each spring.


First Flush

Held during the first major storm of the year, volunteers analyze water quality to characterize "first flush" storm water runoff.

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