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.


February Break Camp

February Break Marine Science Camp is a 4-day learning adventure, exploring Pacific Coast and San Francisco Bay marine habitats.

Tues-Fri, February 21-24
9 - 3 PM.

Whale Research

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!

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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.

Field trips and mobile programs

The Marine Science Institute provides a scientific experience built on California standards-based activities and a memorable voyage into nature for students of all economic backgrounds. The Marine Science Institute puts students ages pre-K to College, in physical contact with the SF Bay and coast environments to help cultivate their natural sense of curiosity, enrich their understanding of science, and foster a responsibility to protect the environment.

Discover all our field trip options  here.

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Discovery Voyage

Monday - Saturday

8 am - 12 pm, 1 pm - 5 pm

Grades 5 and up

$1,350 - 2,650 per trip*

*Sliding scale available depending on need. Click here to apply for sponsorship
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Inland Voyage

Monday - Saturday

50 minutes per session

Grades K and up

$450* for first 1-3 sessions

*Sliding scale available depending on need. Click here to apply for sponsorship
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Tidepool Expedition

Monday - Saturday

2.5 hour program

Grades 3 and up

$550 - 750 per trip*

*Sliding scale available depending on need. Click here to apply for sponsorship

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 

Afternoon Ecology


3:30 - 5 PM

Grades K - 5th

$50 per session

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Advanced Ecology

Thursdays or Saturdays

Times Vary

Grades 4 - 8


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November Camp

Tue-Fri, February 21 - 24

9 - 3 PM

K -5th grades


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

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Public Outings


Times Vary

Age is event dependent

$30 - $100

Birthday Parties

Monday - Saturday

Times Vary

Ages 5 and up

$440 - $2000

Staff Retreats

Monday - Saturday

2 hour voyages

Ages 5 and up

Starting at $1500

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