FIELD TRIPS AND MOBILE PROGRAMS

For Schools, Groups, Learning Pods, Homeschools, and Camps

The Marine Science Institute provides a scientific experience built on California standards-based activities and a memorable voyage into nature for students of all economic backgrounds. The Marine Science Institute puts students in physical contact with the SF 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.

Spinner Dolphins

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ACADEMY @ HOME

for pod groups

MSI brings live animals to your group at a safe location of your choosing 

SINGLE DAY PROGRAMS

These are MSI’s traditional programs that have been altered to allow for social distancing and other COVID-19 protections.

DISCOVERY VOYAGE

Students embark on a  four-hour expedition of the San Francisco Bay aboard the 90-foot research vessel, the R.V. Robert G. Brownlee. Using research equipment and teamwork, students participate in hands-on science activities collecting live samples and specimens, discovering the life in the estuary and how humans are connected to it.

Grades: 4th and up

Program Length: 4 hours

COVID CAPACITY RESTRICTIONS: 24 participants

NGSS Connections (Science Content Standards Set by CA Sate Education Board for Public Schools) 

4th and 5th Grade Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI): LS1.A (Food Web or Adaptation Theme), LS1.C (Food Web), LS1.D (Adaptation), LS2.A (All themes), LS2.B (Food Web), ESS2.A (Human Impact or Biodiversity), ESS2.E (Human Impact), ESS3.C (Human Impact or Diversity or Adaptation), PS1.A, PS3.D (Food Web)

6th thru 8th Grade DCI's: LS1.B, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS2.A (Food Web or Biodiversity), LS2.B (Food Web), LS2.C (Human Impact or Biodiversity), LS4.C, LS4.D (Biodiversity), ESS2.A, ESS2.C (Human Impact), ESS3.C (Human Impact or Biodiversity), PS3.D

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SHORESIDE

The Shoreside program takes place at our beachfront facility in Redwood City, and offers a variety of hands-on activities that challenge students and ignite their curiosity.

Grades: K and up

Program Length: 3 hours

COVID CAPACITY RESTRICTION: 36 participants

 

NGSS Connections (Science Content Standards Set by CA Sate Education Board for Public Schools) 

K - 2nd Grade Disciplinary Core Idea's (DCI): LS1.A (Adaptation), LS1.B, LS1.C (Food Web), LS1.D (Adaptation), LS3.B, LS4.A (Food Web), LS4.D (Biodiversity), ESS2.C, ESS2.D, ESS2.E (Human Impact or Biodiversity), ESS3.A, ESS3.C (Human Impact or Biodiversity), PS2.A, PS3.B, ETS1.A (Adaptation)

3rd - 5th Grade DCI's: LS1.A (Food Web or Adaptation), LS1.B (Biodiversity or Adaptation), LS1.C (Food Web), LS1.B (Adaptations),  LS2.A (All themes), LS2.B (Food Web), LS2.B (Adaptation), LS3.A (Food Web or Adaptation), LS4.A (Food Web), LS4.B (Food Web, Biodiversity, or Adaptation), LS4.C (All themes), LS4.D (All themes), ESS3.C (Food Web, Biodiversity, or Adaptation), PS1.A, PS3.D (Food Web)

6th - 8th Grade DCI's: LS1.B (Biodiversity or Adaptation), LS1.C, LS1.D, LS2.A (Human Impact, Food Web, or Biodiversity), LS2.C (Human Impact, Food Web, or Biodiversity), LS4.C (Biodiversity or Adaptation), LS4.D (Human Impact, Food Web, or Biodiversity), ESS2.C (Human Impact), ESS3.C (Human Impact or Biodiversity), PS3.D

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INLAND VOYAGE

Inland Voyages deliver living marine animals from various habitats directly to the class with the Marine Science Institute’s mobile aquarium. 

Grades: Pre-K and Up

Program Length: 50 min per session booked

COVID CAPACITY RESTRICTION: 12 participants per session booked (can do 5 sessions back-to-back)

 

NGSS Connections (Science Content Standards Set by CA Sate Education Board for Public Schools) 

Fish and Sharks

K - 2nd Grade Disciplinary Core Idea's (DCI): LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS3.B, LS4.D, ESS2.C, ESS3.A, ESS3.C, ETS1.A

3rd - 5th Grade DCI: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.D, LS3.A, LS4.B, LS4.C, LS4.D, ESS3.C

6th - 8th Grade DCI: LS1.B

Rocky Shore

K - 2nd Grade DCI: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS3.B, LS4.D, ESS1.A, ESS1.C, ESS2.C, ESS2.D, ESS2.E, ESS3.A, ESS3.C, PS3.B, ETS1.A

3rd - 5th Grade DCI: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.D, LS3.A, LS4.B, LS4.C, LS4.D, ESS3.C, PS2.B, PS4.A

6th - 8th Grade DCI: LS1.B

Bay and Ocean Invertebrates

K - 2nd Grade DCI: LS1.B, LS4.D, ESS1.C, ESS2.C, ETS1.A

3rd - 5th Grade DCI: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.D, LS3.A, LS4.B, LS4.C, LS4.D, ESS3.C, PS2.B

6th - 8th Grade DCI: LS1.C, LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.C, LS4.C, LS4.D, ESS3.C

Kelp Forest

K - 2nd Grade DCI: LS2.A, LS4.D, ESS1.C, ESS2.C, ETS1.A, ETS1.B

3rd - 5th Grade DCI: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.D, LS3.A, LS4.B, LS4.C, LS4.D, ESS3.C, PS3.D, PS4.A

6th - 8th Grade DCI: N/A

Marine Mammals

K - 2nd Grade DCI: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS3.B, LS4.D, ESS3.A, ETS1.A

3rd - 5th Grade DCI: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS2.A, LS3.A, LS4.B, LS4.D

6th - 8th Grade DCI: N/A

Marsh and Mudflats

K-2nd Grade DCI: N/A

3rd - 5th Grade DCI: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.D, LS3.A, LS4.B, LS4.C, LS4.D, ESS1.B, ESS1.C, PS2.B

6th - 8th Grade DCI: N/A

Sandy Beach

K - 2nd Grade DCI: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS3.B, LS4.D, ESS1.A, ESS1.C, ESS2.C, ESSW2.D, ESS2.E, ESS3.A, ESS3.C, ETS1.A

3rd - 5th Grade DCI: LAS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.D, LS3.A, LS4.B, LS4.C, ESS3.C, PS2.B, PS4.A

6th - 8th Grade DCI: N/A 

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TIDEPOOL

Students journey to the tide pools to explore the rugged habitat and the resilient animals that call this ever-changing coastal environment their home.

Grades: 3rd and up

Program Length: 2.5 hours

COVID CAPACITY RESTRICTION: 1:12 Instructor to student ratio

 

NGSS Connections (Science Content Standards Set by CA Sate Education Board for Public Schools) 

3rd - 5th Grade Disciplinary Core Idea's (DCI): LS1.A (Food Web or Adaptation), LS1.B (Adaptation), LS1.C (Food Web), LS1.D (Adaptation), LS2.A (Food Web or Adaptation), LS2.B (Food Web), LS2.C (Adaptation), LS2.D (Adaptation), LS3.A (Food Web or Adaptation), LS3.B (Adaptation), LS4.B (Adaptation), LS4.C (Human Impact or Adaptation), LS4.D (Human Impact or Adaptation), ESS3.C (Human Impact), PS2.B, PS4.A

 

6th - 8th Grade DCI's: LS1.B, LS2.A (Food Web), LS2.C, LS4.D (Human Impact), ESS3.C (Human Impact), ESS3.D

 

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CANOES IN SLOUGHS

Discover our local wetland, the wildlife within it, and how humans impact it through Marine Science Institute’s immersive Canoes in Sloughs program.

Grades: 6th and up

Program Length: 5 hours

COVID CAPACITY RESTRICTION: 24 participants

 

NGSS Connections (Science Content Standards Set by CA Sate Education Board for Public Schools) 

6th - 8th Disciplinary Core Idea's (DCI):LS1.B, LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.C, LS4.D, ESS2.C, ESS2.D, ESS3.B, ESS3.D, PS1.A, PS2.A, PS3.A, PS3.B, ETS1.B

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All groups will contain no more than 12 students with a dedicated staff member. 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 or other complications which make wearing masks or face coverings challenging.

MSI GIVES BACK

All MSI programs are automatically subsidized.

Our development team works hard to secure funds for teachers. If you need additional financial assistance please contact us. We may be able to offer extra scholarships.  

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