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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.

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Earth Day on the Bay

Join us for Earth Day on the Bay, Saturday April 20th, a celebration of marine discovery and environmental stewardship! Dive into scientific explorations, identify Bay species, and enjoy eco-friendly fun for the whole family.

Waves of support from elo, and the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress 

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Public Events

Embark on a Saturday adventure with our public and family-style events! Sail, paddle, or explore the coastline with tide pool excursions and whale watching. Dive into Shark Days, shoreside dissections, and marine animal touch experiences. Whether it's the open sea or marine life wonders, there's endless fun for all!

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Field Trips

Dive into nature with Marine Science Institute's Field Trips and Mobile Programs! Our hands-on experiences, welcoming students from all backgrounds, align with California standards, fostering curiosity and environmental stewardship through direct contact with the San Francisco Bay and coast. Join us for an immersive learning experience that leaves a lasting impact!

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

$60 per session

Advanced Ecology

or Saturdays

Times Vary

Grades 4 - 8


Summer  Camp


June 10 - August 9

9 - 3 PM

K -8th grades

price varies per session

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

$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

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Staff Retreats

Monday - Saturday

2 hour voyages

Ages 5 and up

Starting at $1500

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