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Donate...It Makes a Big Difference!


Your investment in Marine Science Institute helps educate more than 60,000 people of all ages each year in marine science and environmental stewardship through our School Programs, Family Events, and Marine Science Camps.

If you donate $60 or more through a third-party platform (such as through your employer) you are eligible to receive Membership benefits. Please note there is a delay between your donation date through a third-party platform and when MSI receives notice of the donation. If you have donated through a third-party platform and have not received confirmation of your donation from Marine Science Institute, please contact

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Your Investment...

Your investment of over $1000 provides either

A 4-hour Discovery Voyage aboard our marine science research vessel on the San Francisco Bay, including for 2 full classrooms of students from low-income schools.

A Wonders of Watersheds program, a special three-field trip experience focused on watersheds and water quality for an entire class.

Your investment of $1000 provides either

A Canoes in Sloughs program for a middle school class.

A Biomimicry Discovery Voyage aboard the R/V Robert G. Brownlee for an entire class from a low-income school.

Your investment of $500 provides either

A week of camp for an elementary school student from a low-income family.

A Shoreside program at MSI for 45 students.

An advanced Ocean Lab program at MSI for a 30 students.

Four classroom visits with fascinating fishes, invertebrates or sharks

An exploration of the tidepools in Half Moon Bay or the marsh and beach at Pescadero State Beach for 45 students.

Your investment of $250 provides

Food for our entire aquarium for 10 months.

Your investment of $100 provides

Food for our hungry baby Leopard sharks for 5 months.

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Tribute Gifts

A Tribute Gift is a great way to recognize a special person or family. For each individual Tribute Gift of $25 or more, we will promptly send a beautiful, personalized tribute card to you, or to the person or family you indicate, to notify them of your thoughtful donation.

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Planned Giving

A bequest is one of the most common types of planned gift. You can specify your bequest to Marine Science Institute as a particular dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, the residue of your estate or a specific asset such as real estate or securities.

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Stock Donations

Are you interested in making a charitable gift that may yield double tax benefits and additional savings? If so, a gift of appreciated stock may be the right option for you.

A gift of stock may provide more benefits than a cash gift. 

Special Event Opportunities

Become an Earth Day Sponsor

Our biggest public event of the year is celebrated globally every April. Join our event by supporting the education you love best. Become an Earth Day on the Bay sponsor.


Irene Wong, Director
The David and Lucille Packard Foundation

"It is so inspiring and such a wonderful example of the work you do to educate the next generation of marine stewards!"

For more information on donating to MSI, please email

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