grades k and up

Inland Voyages deliver living marine animals directly to the class with the Marine Science Institute’s mobile aquarium. Students learn about local marine environments and the organisms that live in them through a combination of hands-on investigation and inquiry-based learning activities. We offer seven different program options focused on habitats or animals, which can be customized with a theme to fit each class’s needs.

Bay Fish:

Students closely observe and touch live fishes and a leopard shark from the San Francisco Bay Estuary. They compare and contrast bony and cartilaginous fishes, and the adaptations that help them to survive in an aquatic environment.

Bay & Ocean Invertebrates:

Students explore and examine invertebrates found in the San Francisco Bay Estuary and Pacific Ocean. They touch and identify creatures from each habitat and compare and contrast the animals’ adaptations for survival in their respective environments.

Marshes & Mudflats:

Students discover the importance of salt marsh habitats to the San Francisco Bay ecosystem and to the migratory birds that use them. They also explore the fishes and invertebrates that rely on mudflats, and the relationship between the marshes and mudflats.

Station Options
Sandy Beach:

The Sandy Beach habitat-focused program examines on life above and below the sand. Students learn how animals like sea turtles use the beach to lay their eggs, while others such as snails and sand crabs rely on the protection of burrowing beneath the sand.

Marine Mammals:

Students discover what all mammals have in common, and how marine mammals are uniquely suited to surviving in aquatic environments. They explore artifacts and discuss the feeding and survival strategies of different types of mammals.

Rocky Intertidal:

Students focus on the influences of tides on the rocky shore, and the animals that survive in the harsh conditions of the tidepool habitat. They handle live fishes and invertebrates, and examine how they are adapted to life in the rocky intertidal.

Kelp Forest:

Students study the structure of kelp, and about the rich community that depends upon kelp forest habitat. They touch live animals and explore artifacts that demonstrate the importance of kelp both ecologically and for human uses.

Inland Voyage

Each program has 2 stations

can accommodate up to 30 students max per session

$540*/base price for 1 - 3 programs 
plus travel fee of $1.50/mile 

$150* for each additional program, up to 5 programs

Teacher may select 2 different topics to be presented in one day

*Sliding scale available depending on need
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50 Minute Programs


The maximum number of participants has been decreased to 12 until further notice. 

5 programs max a day.

Contact for pricing.

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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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