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Our success is bringing science and environmental education to the Bay Area.

The Marine Science Institute provides engaging and interactive hands-on adventures with San Francisco Bay Area marine life. Led by a team of expert marine science educators, these experiences impact students of all ages, inspiring respect and stewardship for the marine environment.

Whale watching excursion

Public Events

Public and Family Style events happen most Saturdays. Come out on our ship, in our canoes, to the coast for tide pool excursions, whale watching, the fun never ends!


February Break Camp

Jr. scientists embark on a 4-day learning adventure, exploring Pacific Coast and San Francisco Bay marine habitats. Campers spend the day touching live animals, using scientific research equipment, team building, and most importantly being safe but having fun.

campers touching live marine animals

Afternoon Ecology

Our "afterschool" educational programs are perfect for K - 5th graders. It is designed to foster the natural curiosity of young minds. Classes happen Thursdays, 3:30 - 5 PM.

Camps and Classes

Looking for ways to introduce or keep kids interested in science? Check out our line up of in-person camps and classes. From specialized afterschool programs, seasonal camps, and little learner opportunities, MSI has something for everyone.

Upcoming classes 

February Camp


February 20-23

9 - 3 PM

K -5th grades


fishing off the beach
Afternoon Ecology


3:30 - 5 PM

Grades K - 5th

$60 per session

looking at invertebrates
Advanced Ecology

or Saturdays

Times Vary

Grades 4 - 8


Special Event Opportunities

Individual and private group opportunities support learning, group dynamics, team building, and of course fun,  in a beautiful setting. Check out the enormous availability MSI has on-site, off-site, and on the water with these special events. 

Popular Events

Public Outings


Times Vary

Age is event dependent

$35 - $100

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Under the Sea w/ ME

Thursdays or Saturdays

Th: 2 - 3 pm
Sa: 10:30 - 11:30 am

Ages 3 - 5

$45 - $225

corporate group puling in fish net
Staff Retreats

Monday - Saturday

2 hour voyages

Ages 5 and up

Starting at $1500

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