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Afternoon & Saturday 

Afternoon Classes

Afternoon Ecology


3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Grades K -5th

$60/learner daily

Afternoon Ecology is an "afterschool" educational program perfect for K - 5th graders. It 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. This program has a variety of themes that can be taken either as a series or independently. Themes include Bay Area Habitats, Marine Science Exploration, and Bay vs. Ocean Animals.

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Advanced Ecology


Th 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Sa 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Grades 4th - 8th

per session

Advanced Ecology is a 5-week; once-a-week educational program tailored to 4th - 8th graders who are ready for more complex science theories.


Fall Season: Scientific Method

Saturdays  | September 23 - October 21

Students take an in-depth look at the scientific method and practice applying it to real hands-on field research. They learn the process of the scientific method while working cooperatively in a team and interacting with live animals. Participants collect animal population data from species they catch in the San Francisco Bay at the Marine Science Institute. Students use their 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.

Winter Season: Biomimicry

Thursdays  | January 18 - February 15

Saturdays  | January 20 - February 17

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 are introduced to the concept of Biomimicry and study real rocky intertidal animals as inspiration for sustainable design. Students work cooperatively in a team and interact with live animals. 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.

Spring Season: Climate Change

Thursdays  | April 18 - May 16

Saturdays  | March 9 - April 

This introductory climate change program engages students at any level. During the program, students will learn key concepts, that build throughout the program. To gain further understanding, they work in teams to engage in hands-on experiments. Throughout the weeks, students interact with live animals that thrive in the San Francisco Bay Area and discuss how these animals are impacted by climate change.

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Interested in younger program options?

Check out Under the Sea with Me, the perfect marine animal introduction for tiny scientists aged 3 – 5.

Classes take place Thursdays from 2:00 - 3:00 pm, or Saturdays from 10:30 - 11:30 am.

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