• The tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument

    Cabrillo

    National Monument California

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  • Lighthouse Will Be Closed for Seismic Retrofit April 7 through May 16

    The Lighthouse is undergoing a Seismic retrofit and will be closed from April 7 - May 16. Visitors can still access the Assistant Keepers Quarters exhibit from the south door, Lighthouse Comfort Station, and Kelp Forest Overlook. Call 619-557-5450.

  • Visitor Center Scheduled to be Closed May 19 through June 16

    The Visitor Center will be undergoing a Seismic Retrofit and will be closed. Visitors will still be able to access the Auditorium, Ballast View and the East Patio. These dates are subject to change. Please call 619 557-5450 for updated information

For Kids

Junior Ranger Badges
A Junior Ranger badge is waiting for you!
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Be a Junior Ranger!

Cabrillo National Monument is a great place for kids of all ages – there’s plenty to learn!

The Junior Ranger Program is a fun way to find out more about the park, and is a chance to earn a Junior Ranger badge. When you arrive, go to the Visitor Center and ask for a FREE "Just For Kids" newspaper. Visit the different areas of the park to learn more about 16th century exploration, ships and aircraft, whales, natural and military history. When you are done, bring the newspaper back to the Visitor Center and discuss your answers with a Park Ranger or Volunteer – and be awarded a Junior Ranger badge!

Please note: Because of the activities, our Junior Ranger program must be completed while you are actually in the park - it cannot be completed at home and a Junior Ranger badge mailed. Plus, part of the fun is receiving the Junior Ranger Oath and Badge from a real Park Ranger! We hope you will come to Cabrillo National Monument and embark on your own Junior Ranger voyage of discovery!

 
Park Ranger with Junior Ranger Badge
Complete the activity and earn a Junior Ranger badge!
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Also, pick up your free copy of the new Climate Change Junior Ranger at the Visitor Center or download your very own here. Booklet must be printed double-sided.

Did You Know?

Bayside Trail

Did you know that the coastal sage scrub habitat found at Cabrillo National Monument is one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world? Only 10-15% of the original habitat now exists. Once the dominant ecosystem, the coastal sage scrub community now only exists in small remnant pockets.