Member News & Events

Membership

(213) 744-7504
member@californiasciencecenter.org

Members, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe, healthy and continuing to learn. During these challenging times, your vital support enables the California Science Center to continue inspiring science learning in everyone as a trusted educational resource—THANK YOU!

Escalators and stairs leading from Edgerton Court to Disney Science Court. Stairs feature LEGO brick art print on side panels and aircraft are seen displayed overhead
Image attribution
Aurelia D'Amore Photography
Not a Member?

We welcome your support and involvement as a Member. Visit our Membership page for details about gift levels and benefits.

Two young girls enjoy a science activity with a Science Center staff member
Image attribution
Nathan Alexander
Current Members

To review your current Membership status and your entitlements balance, please log in.

Enjoy the latest feature story from The Nucleus

A Science Center First! Eel Skin Graft Procedure

Image
A diver works in the Kelp Forest Zone of Ecosystems, surrounded by fish, as guests watch.
Image attribution
Robert Canfield Photography

This past fall, our Living Collections team returned a Moray Eel into the Kelp Tank of the California Science Center’s Ecosystems gallery. Normally, this would have been no big deal, as our team moves animals between exhibits and back-of-house areas quite frequently. However, this particular individual is very special.

Her journey began when she was examined and found to have a mass that developed on her head which began to affect her buoyancy in 2017. Our veterinarian at the time performed surgery to remove a majority of the mass. She healed slowly but nicely and was returned to the Kelp Tank. However, the mass grew back, and in 2019 our current veterinarian, Dr. Brittany Stevens, was able to successfully remove more of it.

Image
Eel recovered after surgery

Unfortunately, her healing process after the second surgery hit repeated obstacles and her outcome began to look bleak. The skin around her incision site from the surgery was not healing properly and not closing the wound as expected. This eel needed multiple treatments to help her body heal itself. After months of battling what seemed like a dismal prognosis, Dr. Stevens had a great idea for a novel medical procedure that would be ground-breaking for future animal health practices if successful.

During the procedure, Dr. Stevens grafted a segment of skin from the eel’s tail onto her incision site on her head to encourage new growth. To our knowledge, this is the first time a skin graft has been successfully performed on a fish! The skin graft allowed her body to heal itself and now she is a flourishing "normal" eel. While she does look a bit different with a sizeable portion of the top of her head missing due to her surgeries, she is not just surviving, but thriving, within the Kelp Tank habitat.

Our hope is that she continues to serve as an ambassador for science learning and innovation, and that her story goes on to help lots of fish that may face similar challenges. We are also very proud of our dedicated Living Collections team that nursed the Moray Eel back to health over many months and made this success story possible!

California Science Center
Parking at the Science Center is now automated!

Valued Members of the Science Center are eligible to receive a limited number of complimentary parking validations based on your Membership contribution level. After parking your car, be sure to stop by the Membership Services Window at the Box Office at the beginning of your visit and before 5:00 p.m. to guarantee validation of your parking and to avoid waiting in line at the end of the day. You will also receive your Member stickers to facilitate your discounts at the ExploraStore and Trimana food services.    

When planning your visit you can see the Exposition Park events calendar here to consider when planning your visit to the Science Center.

(Please note that parking validations are not valid on Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Banc of California Stadium event days.)