NEWS

SEA Lab FAQs

What happened to the SEA Lab? 

The Los Angeles Conservation Corps Board of Directors and staff made the difficult decision to bring the SEA Lab program and site in Redondo Beach to a close on June 22, 2019.   

  • For more than 20 years, the SEA Lab team of Corpsmembers and staff greeted hundreds of thousands of school-aged students from school trips, rescued and rehabbed thousands of fish and marine animals, maintained a native plant nursery, raised abalone, organized beach clean-ups and much more. The decision to shutter the program’s doors was reached after in-depth deliberation between the Corps staff and Board of Directors, in close communication with local partners.  
  • The change of ownership of the building that had been home to the SEA Lab for many years prompted the Corps to take an in-depth look at the financial and programmatic realities of running an aquarium and best serving the community and Corpsmembers.  
  • The Corps is proud of the many successes that the dedicated SEA Lab staff garnered for the community, sea creatures, and Corpsmembers it served. As the Corps closes out this chapter of the organization’s history, we will move forward in a spirit of celebration and remembrance.  

Who can we contact? 

If you have a conservation project that might be a fit for future Corpsmembers that you’d like to discuss with the LA Corps, please email us at info@lacorps.org or contact Bo Savage, Deputy Director of Operations at 213-362-9000 x238. 

What’s next for SEA Lab Corpsmembers? 

We are exploring options for keeping Corpsmembers involved in programming in the Redondo Beach area through strategic partnerships with community based organizations and will be continuing to explore opportunities for a presence in the South Bay in the coming months/years with the City of Redondo Beach and our current partners.  Our SEA Lab Corpsmembers are extraordinary, passionate, inspiring young adults who have incredible goals ahead of them, many of which they say were sparked by their education, mentorship and empowerment at the SEA Lab. Several are recent recipients of the LA Corps’ Russell Kantor Next Steps Fund Award, and will be connected to the Corps throughout the coming year and as a part of our nonprofit’s alumni network. We are assured that many good things are ahead for each of them and will share their success stories on our social media over the coming years. If you would like to help a Corpsmember on their development and goals, visit www.lacorps.org/makeadifference.  

What’s happening to the SEA Lab’s animals? 

We have been finding new homes for our SEA Lab animals with our long-time partners. If you have a suitable home in mind, please contact us at info@lacorps.org.  

What if I have a conservation project I’d like to see happen in the Redondo Beach area or other areas of the community? 

Depending on the service you need, we can send a crew of Corpsmembers with supplies and a staff supervisor. For more information, contact Bo Savage, Deputy Director of Operations at 213-362-9000 x238. 

Where else is the LA Corps working on conservation projects? 

Our nonprofit serves the greater Los Angeles area. We have a number of sites across the community, from Compton to the San Fernando Valley. Click here to see our locations: www.lacorps.org/locations  

How can I refer a young adult to become a Corpsmember? 

Every day, hundreds of young people between the ages of 18 and 24 get paid to learn new skills and take classes with the LA Conservation Corps. If you know someone who would be a good fit for the Corps, share with them this link: www.lacorps.org/enroll to learn more about applying and our weekly Wednesday orientation held at our South LA Center at 7:30am. 

If you have a younger person in mind, please refer young people between the ages of 14-21 to our Clean & Green program at www.lacorps.org/cleanandgreen to join our summer program. 

How can we thank Maria for her decades of service? 

We are so grateful to the continued support, hard work, long hours and unwavering commitment Maria Madrigal has shown over the past year (and for the almost 20 before!); she will be greatly missed and we are wishing her only the best as she begins a new journey in her life. Please send your well wishes to Maria by June 30th to: info@lacorps.org and we will compile them in a thank you card for her. 

How can we help? 

Thank you for supporting the SEA Lab over the past 20 years. The SEA Lab has been a program of the LA Conservation Corps, a nonprofit that has been in Los Angeles since 1986 with the mission to provide at-risk young adults and school-aged youth with opportunities for success through job skills training, education and work experience with an emphasis on conservation and service projects to benefit the community. To learn more about how to support the LA Corps, visit www.lacorps.org/makeadifference. 

What’s next? 

The SEA Lab team will hold its final Redondo Beach Bluffs Habitat Restoration Volunteer Day and Naturalist Sketching: Seasonal Changes of the Redondo Beach Bluffs on June 22nd. All events can be found on eventbrite and at www.lacorps.org/events.  

In addition, the LA Conservation Corps will be hosting a farewell celebration of its partners, staff and Corpsmembers this summer to thank everyone for the many ways they supported the beloved SEA Lab program, its animals, visitors, youth Corpsmembers and the surrounding community.