The EcoCharter is an ecologically focused teambuilding and enrichment event that uses the Bay as a venue for learning, exploring and having fun. During the 2 hour voyage your guests will have the opportunity to do a variety of activities including; sightseeing, Interacting with live animals, and enjoying the open water.
Teambuilding Voyage

Work with our crew to do a variety of marine research techniques, all of which take cooperation, communication, and in some cases lots of enthusiasm. Our educators and facilitators will work with your group to build trust and camaraderie in an exciting and dynamic environment. Breakout spaces on our 90’ vessel provide a unique setting to learn about nature and build relationships among your team.

Research Voyage

During the Research Voyage your group will have the opportunity to help our staff collect data about the fish and other organisms that live in the bay. This service program will have your group working along-side the crew measuring and recording size and type of fish you will help catch  The information your group helps collect will become part of the Institute’s fish data program which has been recording the fluctuation of the bay’s  elements for over three decades.

Other Event Highlights
  • Deploy a net to catch a sample of fish from the Bay.

  • See and touch a leopard shark and dozens of other species from the bay such as a bat ray, jellies, starry flounder and more while they swim in our onboard tanks.

  • Bring up a sample of mud from the bottom of the Bay, and examine what interesting invertebrates inhabit the bay floor.

  • Peek into the world of plankton, made large with our shipboard microscopes hooked up to large flat screens.

  • Meet our captain and even steer the ship! 


Discovery EcoCharters are two hours voyages that can be scheduled to take place Monday thru Saturday between 8am and sunset.  For availability please contact our office at or by calling 650-364-2760 x10.



Most voyages depart from Marine Science Institute’s home port in Redwood City. Discovery EcoCharters may also depart from San Francisco, Richmond, Antioch, or other Bay Area locations by special arrangement and at an additional cost. 



Pricing for the 2-hour EcoCharter that departs from Redwood City varies. All participants must be age 5 and older.

  • Nonprofit organizations (501c3):  sliding scale of $1,500-$2,000.

  • Corporate groups up to 30 people: $2,000

    • A portion of this is tax-deductible, and will be used to sponsor an upcoming Discovery Voyage for one school class, significantly reducing their cost-share for marine science education. Please contact MSI for tax deduction information.

  • Corporate groups 31-60 people:  $4,000

    • A portion of this cost is tax-deductible, and will be used to sponsor 100% of the cost of an upcoming Discovery Voyage for two classes from low-income schools. Please contact MSI for tax deduction information.

  • Special pricing is available for tours that depart from locations other than Redwood City.

Be sure to ask us about the 4-hour Discovery Voyage marine science education program for your child’s school.

Our hands-on activities have a way of bringing groups together to see, learn, and understand the complexity of the
San Francisco Bay Estuary. This voyage of discovery is sure to create memories that will last for a lifetime.