California Coast Room
California Living Museum brings the California coast to Kern County with first major exhibit since 2012
The California Living Museum has opened the California Coast Room, its first major exhibit since 2012. Just off the zoo’s gift shop, guests can now marvel at more than 100 moon jellies that dramatically move about a giant aquarium. Ocean sound effects and bubbles projected on the walls round out the aquatic-themed display.
Across the room, a 10-foot, docent-led aquatic touch tank housing numerous sea creatures like snails, crabs, urchins, sea slugs and sea stars for guests to explore.
The new exhibit allows CALM to further its educational mission, giving guests the unique opportunity to engage with species native to California’s coastline that they may have never seen before, said Steve Sanders, chief of staff of the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office, which runs CALM. The zoo annually attracts more than 25,000 schoolchildren who visit through school field trips.
“We know that many, many children in our community have never had the opportunity to visit the central coast and explore the many creatures found in the intertidal waters there,” Sanders said. “So, we wanted to bring the coast here to Kern County.”
The California Coast Room is two years in the making and was made possible in part by the generosity of dozens of donors. A second phase of the project — interpretive signage and interactive games along the room’s south wall — will add to the learning experience when it is completed later this year.
The California Coast Room is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.