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Senior Mondays

The First Monday of Each Month

Lots of science fun!
Lots of science fun!
Explore the exhibits!
Explore the exhibits!
Enjoy a lecture!
Enjoy a lecture!

The first Monday of every month, seniors 65 and better can enjoy the Science Center exhibits, a show in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater and a lecture on the quietest day of the month for only $8! No coupons or additional discounts are accepted. The Fleet's doors will open at 9:30 a.m. on the first Monday each month to get Senior Monday started early. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the galleries and special senior discounts in Craveology and the North Star Science Store.

Sharp Minds Lecture Series for Adults
Join local scientists to learn about a variety of topics as they share their latest research in a friendly and exciting environment. Sharp Minds lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. on the first Monday of the month (except Labor Day) and are held in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.

The Sharp Minds lecture is free with purchase of the noon theater ticket. Tickets are required to attend the lecture and can be requested at the Ticket Counter. 


Date: June 5, 2017

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theater Show: Journey to the South Pacific

Lecture Topic: Be a Force for Nature: Tackling Ocean Conservation One Fish at a Time

What is aquarium sustainability? Zoos and aquariums are making conscious efforts to create emotional connections through animals, inspiring guests to make environmental changes after visit. SEA LIFE® Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California Resort is using its recent accreditation through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to maximize conservation practices through every aspect of operations. Careful choices in collection planning and breeding impact our animal collection, while conservation actions, both behind the scenes and in guest view, hope to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.


Marie Collins received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Millersville University in Pennsylvania. After spending multiple summers in the Marine Science Consortium in Wallops Island, she obtained an interest and specialization in Marine Science. Her Master’s degree is in Zoo and Aquarium Leadership with a concentration in conservation education. With 14 years of experience at various non-profit and for profit aquariums, and an interest in cephalopods, she has been the Displays Curator at SEA LIFE® Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California resort for the past 4 years. Her focus is on sustainability of animal collections and conservation projects throughout the company. 

Lori Walsh was a classroom teacher in Virginia for many years but wanted to focus on conservation and science education. She has worked in various science centers, zoos and aquariums for the past seven years. She received a Master’s degree in Science Education with a specialization in Informal Education from CSULB. Lori currently manages education and conservation at the SEA LIFE® Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California Resort. She is passionate about inspiring staff and guests to make conservation changes in their daily lives. 


Date: July 3, 2017

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theater Show: The Living Sea

Lecture Topic: Turning Tides: The Causes, Effects and Consequences of Climate Change on Our Oceans

The topic of climate change is one of the most hotly debated and complicated issues that our modern age faces. From the complex processes that cause climate change, to the varying effects it has on different ecosystems and animals, it is difficult to determine exactly how climate change will affect our Earth. In this lecture, we will discuss how increased carbon dioxide emissions can lead to increased ocean temperature and a reduction in ocean pH. Further, we will look into some of the consequences these changes can have on various marine animals, ecosystem and the ocean food chain.


Ashley Rankin is a San Diego local who has grown up with a passion for the ocean and its animals. Following her passion, she recently attained her Master’s degree in marine biology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography where she focused on the effects of ocean acidification on a local species of crabs. With a desire to spread her knowledge of the troubles the oceans are now facing, she began work at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife where she taught 1st–12th grade students about the processes and consequences of climate change, a task that has given her hope for the future of our oceans. 


Date: August 7, 2017

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theatre Show: Dream Big

Lecture Topics: Planetarium Exploration: A Large Scale Structure of the Universe

The Heikoff Giant Dome Theater is the world’s first IMAX® Dome Theater and is also an incredible planetarium. The hemispheric screen immerses you in the action and creates the illusion of being suspended in space. In this lecture, we will explore how our solar system is just one of many in the Milky Way Galaxy, and how our Galaxy is just one of millions in the observable universe. Where are these other galaxies and where is our place in the universe? Join us this month to find out!

Lecturer Bio:

Lisa Will earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Astrophysics from UCLA in 1993 and her Ph.D. in Physics from Arizona State University in 2000. She was a member of the faculty at Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ from 2000–2007. She was also a visiting faculty member at Arizona State University from 2000–2008. In 2007, she returned to her native California by accepting a position at San Diego City College, where she is now a Professor of Astronomy and Physics. In 2012, she became the Resident Astronomer at the Fleet Science Center, where she presents the monthly “Sky Tonight” planetarium show and hosts other astronomically-related events. Her research includes investigation of the nature of dust grains in space and innovations in astronomy education. She is obsessed with Sherlock and Doctor Who and has been a proud geek girl since watching Star Trek and Star Wars as a child.


No lecture in September due to the holiday.