Copyright 2001-2012, California Science Center

Chuck Kopczak

Forest Zone

Rain forests, coral reefs and kelp forests sustain an amazing number of plants and animals. But why? Ecologists try to understand the intricacies of these diverse ecosystems by exploring, and so can you.

Exhibit Highlights

Kelp Forest
Take a trip to our living, growing kelp forest. Walk through a tunnel at the bottom of a 188,000 gallon tank, and gaze into the kelp as though you were walking along the ocean floor. In this nutrient-rich habitat you’ll see many of the plants and animals you’d find off the Southern California coast, from leopard sharks and garibaldi, to bat rays and moray eels.
Rain Forest
Our future plans for this zone include a living Southeast Asian Rain Forest, which will invite you to roam through another diverse ecosystem.