The Research Experience & Education Facility (REEF)

Program Image: 

Young girl and boy holding baby shark

Program for

K12 Teacher
K12 Student
Elementary Student
Jr High/Middle School Student
High School Student
Community College Student
Undergraduate Student

Experience Type

Research Experiences
Academic Preparation
Class Visits


One-time experience


Marine Science Institute (MSI)

The REEF is an interactive aquarium facility located at UCSB’s Campus Point, which is the centerpiece of MSI’s O2C Program. Using the Next Generation Science Standards, UCSB undergraduate interns introduce P-20 students to diversity in the Santa Barbara Channel, hands-on exploration of our local marine ecosystem, and UCSB research in habitats throughout the world. The REEF is also available to after school programs and is open to the general public during Open Door hours on Fridays and Saturdays, and supports an ever-growing number of on-campus classes and labs.