Weekday afternoon programs are split into two groups to help parents navigate kids schedules.

For our K-2nd grade scientists who end school early we offer programs twice a week (choose Tues or Thursday)

For our K - 5th grade biologists who need a later drop off time we offer week long programs (daily "drop in" style now availble)

Who: Grades K-5th (Ages 5-11) 

When: Weekly (Mon - Fri)

Upcoming Start Dates:  

Session 3: Marine Science Exploration

Monday, Oct. 19 (daily registration available)

Session 1: Bay vs. Ocean Animals

Monday, Oct. 26 (daily registration available)

Session 2: Bay Area Ecosystems

Monday, Nov. 2 (daily registration available)

Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm (Drop off 3:15-3:30pm) 

Cost: This is an open enrollment course which is prorated weekly (less $40 each week out from start date). Original cost $200/learner 

Description: This "afterschool" educational  program (accepting new learners weekly at a prorated cost) is designed to foster the natural curiosity of young minds. Students learn about local habitats around the San Francisco Bay while working in a team with their peers. Over the course of each session, students will use real scientific equipment to catch animals and collect data in a fun and exciting way. The Marine Science Institute offers three sessions each with a unique theme. These sessions may be taken independently, or as part of a 3-week educational series. 

Who: Grades K-2nd (Ages 5-7) 

When: Tuesdays or Thursdays

Duration: 3 weeks (once a week)

Upcoming Start Dates: 

Session 2: Ocean Animals

Tuesdays, 10/13 - 10/27

Thursdays, 10/15 - 10/29

Session 3: Marine Habitats

Tuesdays, 11/3 - 11/17

Thursdays, 11/5 - 11/19

(No class Veterans Day, Wednesday Nov. 11)

Session 1: SF Bay Animals


Time: 1:45pm-3:15pm

Cost: This is an open enrollment  course which is prorated weekly (less $40 each week out from start date). Original cost $120/learner 

Description: This "afterschool" educational program (accepting new learners weekly at a prorated cost) focuses on young children's sense of wonder and imagination while helping them explore the marine world safely. Each day students will get to interact with amazing sea creatures, partake in crafts and games, and most importantly socialize with friends. 

Newly Added

for ages 5-11

When: Mondays - Fridays

Run Dates: Oct. 5 - Nov. 20
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Cost: $45/learner 

Sign up 1 day at a time


Saturdays now have two exciting educational programs to engage learners from 5 - 13!   

We are offering two sessions (2 sessions/3 Saturdays each) each with a unique theme. These sessions may be taken independently, or as part of a 6-week educational series. 


What: Marine Ecology

Who: K-3rd grade (Age 5-8)

When: Saturdays

Session 1 Bay Animals

10/10, 10/17, 10/24 

Session 2 Ocean Animals

11/7, 11/14, 11/21

Time: 9:30-11:30am

Cost: $165 per session

Description: Students will interact with and learn about the animals that live in the San Francisco Bay Estuary and local Pacific Ocean habitats. They will have the opportunity to handle live animals, as they learn about their different adaptations. Students will be using teamwork to cooperate in small socially distanced groups. Students will also engage in a marine themed craft each day.

What: Advanced Ecology

Who: 4th-8th grade (Ages 9-13)

When: Saturdays

Session 1: Scientific Method
10/10, 10/17, 10/24 

Session 2: Biomimicry

11/7, 11/14, 11/21

Time: 9:30-11:30am

Cost: $165 per session

Description: Students will work cooperatively in a team and interact with live animals. This program has two sessions that can be taken either as a series or independently. Advanced Ecology focuses on the higher concepts of Scientific Method and Biomimicry.

This weekly; once-a-week program (accepting new learners weekly at a prorated cost), explores Pacific Coast and San Francisco Bay marine habitats and includes three trips aboard our research vessel in South San Francisco Bay. Academy participants will have an in depth investigation of local marine ecosystems and learn how similar animals from different habitats have unique adaptations to help them survive.

Over the course of this extensive and immersive program, students focus on the San Francisco Bay habitats, local wetlands, the Pacific Coast and oceanic habitats, explore taxonomy, and form and function.​

Who: Grades 2-5th (Ages 7-11) 

When: Starting every Monday, Wednesday , or Friday through November 20th

Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm (Drop off  8:30-9:00am, Pick-up 3:00-3:30pm) 

Cost: This is an open enrollment course which is prorated weekly (less $120 each week out from Sept. 14). Original cost $1200/per learner.

Start Week/Date/Cost: 

Wk 2: Mon. 9/21, Wed. 9/23, Fri. 9/25

Wk 3: Mon. 9/28, Wed. 9/30, Fri. 10/2

Wk 4: Mon. 10/5, Wed. 10/7, Fri. 10/9 

Wk 5: Mon. 10/12, Wed. 10/14, Fri. 10/16

Wk 6: Mon. 10/19, Wed. 10/21, Fri. 10/23

Wk 7: Mon. 10/26, Wed. 10/28, Fri. 10/30

Wk 8: Mon. 11/2, Wed. 11/4, Fri. 11/6

Wk 9: Mon. 11/9, Wed. 11/11, Fri. 11/13

Wk 10: Mon. 11/16, Wed. 11/18, Fri. 11/20


double check program start dates and costs through the register here link

Please review our Marine Science Academy FAQs page.


Questions? Contact programmanager@sfbaymsi.org

All sessions will consist of stable groups of no more than 12 students with dedicated staff members. Each group will remain separated to avoid intermixing of other students and staff, and big group gatherings.


All staff and participants are required to wear masks.

Face covering exceptions will be made to those with sensory complications or other issues which make wearing masks or face coverings challenging.

" We were so glad to be able to get a place for my son at MSI camp. The loss of school and other kinds of social events has brought many kids, including mine, a sense of despair. Marine Science Institute helped give him a happy summer, despite the hardships of the pandemic. " ~ Marine Explorers Camp Mom

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