Creature Feature: Look for this dying giant on the beaches this fall and winter

Bull kelp is an integral part of the marine ecosystem found right off our coasts here along the San Francisco Bay area. In particular, it provides shelter and food for many marine species. The populations of the sea urchins, sea otters and bull kelp are interestingly intricately intertwined. An overpopulation of sea urchins can decimate a bull kelp forest by overgrazing. However, sea otters, which prey on sea urchins, help keep the urchin population in check resulting in healthy bull kelp forests. Since bull kelp is an annual plant look for it to start washing up along the beaches in the fall and winter, as it begins to die off for the season. These dead pieces also provide shelter and food

A Bay Area favorite school field trip -- MSI's Discovery Voyage -- is discounted for September

What? Is summer really ending and school starting soon? It’s hard to believe teachers are busy prepping their lessons and planning field trips, while students and parents flock to purchase backpacks, pencils, jeans – all the back-to-school essentials. To kick-off the 2017-18 school year, the Marine Science Institute is offering discounts on all Discovery Voyage (boat) programs booked for the month of September! To get your discount, please contact School Programs Coordinator, Jodi Stewart. (If you’ve already booked a September Discovery Voyage don’t worry, you’ve already secured your discount!) To learn more about our Discovery Voyage please click here. Last school year MSI made science come

Teachers Look to Nature: A BayLines Original Article

This past March, San Francisco Bay Area teachers delved deeper into biomimicry, marine science activities, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) at Marine Science Institute’s seventh annual teacher event, “Ship to Shore – All you need to know and more!” Teachers participated in two mini-workshops which included the exact same hands-on activities that students do during MSI programs. The teachers examined marine animals, made observations, investigated animal adaptations and recorded their findings. The teachers then looked for ways to apply their observations and findings to solve a human problem. Educating teachers to help them incorporate NGSS and environmental education into th

Teachers Look to Nature: A BayLines Original Article

This past March, San Francisco Bay Area teachers delved deeper into biomimicry, marine science activities, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) at Marine Science Institute’s seventh annual teacher event, “Ship to Shore – All you need to know and more!” Teachers participated in two mini-workshops which included the exact same hands-on activities that students do during MSI programs. The teachers examined marine animals, made observations, investigated animal adaptations and recorded their findings. The teachers then looked for ways to apply their observations and findings to solve a human problem. Educating teachers to help them incorporate NGSS and environmental education into th

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