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.
Discovering our Bay for 50 years
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On the water, in the field, or in the classroom, the Marine Science Institute puts students in physical contact with the bay and coast environments to help cultivate their natural sense of curiosity, enrich their understanding of science, and foster a responsibility to protect the environment.
Our success is bringing science and environmental education to the Bay Area
A PERFECT PLACE FOR YOUR BUDDING BIOLOGIST
MSI offers summer camps for groups from kindergarten to high school. MSI’s camps put kids in touch with nature, giving them a chance to experience coastal habitats, see what it’s like to be a marine scientist, and interact with live marine creatures. MSI's camps opens kid’s eyes to how science can be fun, exciting and interesting, while inspiring them to be stewards of the environment.
"My son LOVED this camp. I’ve never seen him so excited and interested about learning about the environment and marine life.”
~ Camp Parent
~ Parent and Teacher
Our 90 ' research vessel, the Robert G. Brownlee, takes students out on the water for an immersive and hands on look at life under the SF Bay
405 tons of shoreline restored
1,159 Marine Science Campers
49 years of discovery voyages
1,360,000 people educated since 1970
59,644 students served
386 participating schools
7,600 volunteer hours
285 Brownlee Voyages