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Public Events

Marine Science Institute hosts public events 2-3 times monthly. Join us as we explore the San Francisco Bay and California Coast and the animals that call them home. 

Marine Science Institute does not operate a visitor center and is not currently set up to handle drop in visitors.
To schedule a program related site visit please email

Shark Day

5/16 10-11:30AM & 10:30-12PM

Our special Shark Day invites one and all to learn about these amazing creatures, from the great whites that swim just off our ocean shores, to the gentle leopard sharks that are common in our Bay. We will be feeding and touching our local leopard sharks in our teaching aquarium, and examining the vital role of these top predators.



MSI, Redwood City

Shoreside Fish

6-20 10 - 12PM

A Shoreside at MSI promises to be a fun morning of exploration and discovery! At our beach front facility participants will work as a team to pull in a large seine (net) to catch local fishes, identify common Bay fish, touch and examine local sharks, and learn the difference between bony fish and cartilaginous fish (sharks and rays).



MSI, Redwood City

Canoes in Sloughs

6/6 9AM - 2PM

We don't get to canoe very often so don't miss out. We'll explore Bair Island, a rare example of an undeveloped wetland ecosystem, enjoy lunch from our canoes, and take a little bit of time for some creek cleanup! Children must be 5 or older to attend and all children must be accompanied by an adult.



MSI, Redwood City

Oceans Day EcoVoyages

6/6 10AM & 1PM

Join us for an exploration of the San Francisco Bay from our Big Blue Boat! SF Bay Estuary is full of fish, sharks, rays, invertebrates, and plankton all waiting to be explored. With two voyages to choose from there is no excuse to miss the fun! Children must be 5 or older to attend and all children must be accompanied by an adult.



MSI, Redwood City





Marine Science Institute is closed for programs. We will reevaluate our steps daily following guidance from the CDC and San Mateo County Health. 

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500 Discovery Parkway

Redwood City, CA 94063

Tel: 650-364-2760

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Marine Science Institute is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) not for profit organization © 2019 All Rights Reserved  

Inspiring respect and stewardship for the marine environment through experiential learning

Thank you to our generous supporters who donated more than $25,000