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ALL ABOARD FOR NATURE! Trip # 4: Santa Monica Beach & Heal the Bay Aquarium

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Union Station

800 North Alameda Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Free beach bus! Enjoy a trip to Santa Monica Beach and Aquarium from Union Station, on ALL ABOARD FOR NATURE! Public Lands Day L.A.

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Nature for All presents a free bus trip to Santa Monica Beach from Union Station (Downtown Los Angeles). We have a special direct bus thanks to our awesome partners at Community Nature Connection! Riders will have a 1-hour VIP tour of Heal the Bay Aquarium under Santa Monica Pier. Then you’re free to enjoy several hours on your own: have lunch, relax at the beach all day, or stroll the beach path, rent a bike, check out the pier, see Tongva Park, go shopping... make it your own beach day along the coast! Then we board the bus at 3:30 pm and return to Union Station. See schedule below.

Limited to 50 seats, reserve now!

Schedule (subject to change):

  • 8:00 am All Aboard for Nature! Morning Festival begins at Union Station. Enjoy activities and honored speakers. Visit booths and fill your passport to win raffle prizes!
  • 8:00-9:00 am TRIP CHECK-IN. Show your Eventbrite ticket (phone is fine), at the Trip Check-in table to confirm your reserved seat, and find out where to meet your group. If you do not have a ticket, we will be taking a Wait List if any seats open up. Note: If you are not checked in by 9:00 am, we will have to release your seat(s) to those on the Wait List.
  • 10:00 am TRIP DEPARTS on Community Nature Connection bus
  • 11:00 am Arrive at Santa Monica Pier
  • 11:30 am Heal the Bay Aquarium VIP Tour
  • 12:30 pm Free time: Enjoy Santa Monica! Beach time, walk the pier, rent bikes, Downtown Promenade, Tongva Park
  • 3:30-4 pm Gather and depart on bus. Note: If you miss the bus, you are responsible for your own return transportation.
  • 4:30-5 pm Return to Union Station.

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What to bring:

  • Your lunch & snacks, or buy lunch at Santa Monica Pier or Third Street Promenade (many food options). Sunscreen, hat, water bottle.
  • Beach gear: Towel, swimsuit, sandals, sand toys, bag for wet clothes, change of clothes.
  • Cash! Enter our fundraiser raffle & win great prizes including REI & Patagonia goods.

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Liability Waiver & Minors:

  • When registering online, all participants need to click & accept the terms of the liability waiver. Waiver forms will also be available at the event.
  • Participants under 18 must have a guardian or group guardian on the trip.
  • For guardians of minors and groups, please download the liability waiver and have your minors' guardians sign the form and bring them when you check in for the trip.

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Heal the Bay Aquarium: Under the Santa Monica Pier, come see what Heal the Bay’s work is all about: Protecting the animals that call the Bay home. With over 100 local species on exhibit, hands-on activities for kids, and educational program, Our Urban Watershed, Heal the Bay Aquarium is the perfect place to immerse yourself in marine science without getting your feet wet.

Afterwards enjoy a variety of activities:

  • Hit the Beach! Roll out your towel and enjoy the surf and sand.
  • Santa Monica Pier: The world-famous pier offers a variety of entertainment, dining and shopping experiences, including the thrill rides of Pacific Park, a historic 1922 Carousel, an old-fashioned soda fountain, musicians, artists and vendors. Bike rentals are nearby.
  • Downtown Santa Monica Promenade - Shopping Food and more!
  • Tongva Park: Walk to this Instagram-worthy park named after the indigenous Tongva people, who have lived in the Los Angeles area for thousands of years. Creative landscape architecture, paths, sculptures, plantings and playground. Just south of Colorado Ave, between Ocean Ave. and Main St.

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Locations:

Union Station: 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Union Station is Downtown Los Angeles' transit hub. It's easiest to arrive by transit, bike, scoot or walk. Paid parking is available but we encourage you to make this a multi-modal/transit day!

Heal the Bay Aquarium - 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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This is just one part of the ALL ABOARD FOR NATURE! Public Lands Day L.A. event, presented by Nature for All on September 28, 2019. First we’ll kick off with a family-friendly Morning Festival at Union Station. Then we’ll head out for five transit trips: to the beach, the mountains, the L.A. River and parks around Los Angeles County. Find details on the event website. Share the Facebook event. You’re invited!

#ALLABOARDFORNATURE! Photo Contest

Share your experience with the hashtag #AllAboardforNature, tag us @lanatureforall and post your photos to enter our social media raffle to win prizes! We want to see all the fun you had getting outdoors on National Public Lands Day! You may also email photos to bryan@lanatureforall.org to be featured on our social media! Contest winners will receive free swag, and all submissions grant Nature for All permission to use photographs.

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