Weekday afternoon programs are split by age groups to support all areas of development and to challenge students.

Who: Grades K-5th (Ages 5-11) 

When: Weekly (Mon - Fri)*

Upcoming Start Dates:  

Session 1: Bay Area Habitats

Tuesday, Dec. 1 - Fri, Dec. 4 (daily registration available)

Session 2: Marine Science Exploration

Monday, Dec. 7 - Fri, Dec. 11 (daily registration available)

Session 3: Bay vs. Ocean Animals

Monday, Dec. 14 - Fri, Dec. 18 (daily registration available)

Time: 3:45pm-5:15pm (Drop off 3:30-3:45pm),

pre-care available 2:45-3:45pm (must register in advance)

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. 

Bay Area Habitats:Students explore the many different ecosystems that are found in their own backyard around the San Francisco Bay Area. Each day, students learn about a different local ecosystem by participating in activities and interacting with animals from that habitat. 

Marine Science Exploration: Students learn about the tools that marine scientists use in the field to gather information and conduct surveys. As junior scientists, they gain confidence in using scientific equipment as they catch animals, take data, care for animals in our aquarium, and dissect a squid.

Bay vs. Ocean Animals: Students interact with and learn about the animals that live in the San Francisco Bay Estuary and local Pacific Ocean habitats. They have the opportunity to use real scientific equipment to catch and handle live animals, as they make comparisons between Bay and ocean animal adaptations. 

Who: Grades 4th - 8th (Ages 9-13) 

When: Weekly (Mon - Fri)*

Upcoming Start Dates:  

Session 1: Scientific Method

Tuesday, Dec. 1 - Fri, Dec. 4 (no Monday class)*

Session 2: Biomimicry

Monday, Dec. 7 - Fri, Dec. 11

Session 3: Scientific Method

Monday, Dec. 14 - Fri, Dec. 18 

Time: 3:45pm-5:15pm (Drop off 3:30-3:45pm),

pre-care not available

Cost: $200/learner

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. Sessions focus on the higher concepts of Scientific Method and Biomimicry.

Scientific Method: Students will take an in-depth look at the scientific method and practice applying it to real hands-on field research. They will learn the process of the scientific method. They will collect animal population data from species they catch in the San Francisco Bay at the Marine Science Institute. Students will use this data to formulate graphs in an effort to identify any potential trends. They will gain experience in presenting as they share their final graphs with their peers.

Biomimicry :  Biomimicry is the practice of taking inspiration from nature to create solutions to meet human needs in a sustainable way. Over the course of this program students will be introduced to the concept of Biomimicry, and study real rocky intertidal animals as inspiration for sustainable design. Using the information they have learned about coastal animals, students will apply this knowledge in designing their own sustainable research station in small socially distanced groups and presenting it to their peers.

Newly Added

for ages 5-11

When: Mondays - Fridays

Run Dates: Nov. 5 - Dec. 18
Time: 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM

Cost: $45/learner 

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

 

What: Marine Ecology

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

When: Saturdays

Theme: Bay Area Habitats

12/5, 12/12, 12/19

Time: 9:30-11:30am

Cost: $165 per session

Description: Students explore the many different ecosystems that are found in their own backyard around the San Francisco Bay Area. Each day, students learn about a different local ecosystem by participating in activities and interacting with animals from that habitat. 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

Theme: Biomimicry
12/5, 12/12, 12/19 

Time: 9:30-11:30am

Cost: $165 per session

Description: Biomimicry is the practice of taking inspiration from nature to create solutions to meet human needs in a sustainable way. Over the course of this program students will be introduced to the concept of Biomimicry, and study real rocky intertidal animals as inspiration for sustainable design. Students will work cooperatively in a team and interact with live animals. 

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:

Mondays (January 11, January 25, February 1, February 8, and February 22. No program on January 18 or February 15)

Wednesdays (January 13, January 20, January 27, February 3, February 10, February 17, and February 24)

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

Cost:

Monday Academy $500

Wednesday Academy $700

This is an open enrollment course which is prorated weekly (less $100 each week out from Jan. 11/13.)

Start Week/Date/Cost: 

Wk 1: Mon. 1/11, Wed. 1/13

Wk 2: Mon. no class, Wed. 1/20

Wk 3: Mon. 1/25, Wed. 1/27

Wk 4: Mon. 2/1, Wed. 2/3

Wk 5: Mon. 2/8, Wed. 2/10

Wk 6: Mon. no class, Wed. 2/17

Wk 7: Mon. 2/22, Wed. 2/24

 

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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