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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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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!

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Explore the wonders of science year-round with our engaging camps! Dive into hands-on activities and interact with live animals in our dynamic sessions. Led by experienced instructors, our camps offer immersive experiences in various scientific themes. Whether it's summer, intersession, or school breaks, embark on a journey of discovery.

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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!

Field Trips

Dive into the wonders of marine science with Marine Science Institute's Field Trips and Mobile Programs! Explore the beauty of the San Francisco Bay and coast through our flexible offerings, whether on the water, at our site, in the field, or in the classroom. Aligned with California science standards, our programs blend academic rigor with hands-on learning, fostering curiosity and environmental stewardship. Plus, we provide extra financial assistance to ensure accessibility for all. Click here to see our complete list of field trips, perfectly curated for pre-K (under 5) to college

Popular Field Trips

Discovery Voyages

Monday - Saturday

8 am - 12 pm or 1 - 5 pm

Grades 4 and up

Max 60 students


Monday - Saturday

2 - 3 hrs

Grades K and up

Max 60 students

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Canoes in Sloughs

Monday - Saturday
March - September

9 - 2 PM

Grades 6 and up

Max 37 participants

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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