ONLINE INLAND VOYAGE

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

Marine Science Institute is here to support teachers and parents by offering engaging, online group lessons that bring science to life! MSI Online Inland Voyages are interactive, inquiry-based programs taught by expert marine science educators, bringing the wonder of local marine habitats of the San Francisco Bay and Northern California Coasts directly to your students. Exploration is done completely remote, using footage from the MSI aquarium and in the field, Google slides, Nearpod, and Zoom. Teachers may also select the virtual meeting platform if desired.

CLASSROOM SUBJECTS

SF Bay Fish

Students explore and learn all about the incredible fish species in the San Francisco Estuary habitat.

Grades: 2nd grade and up

NGSS Connections: LS4.C, LS1.A, LS1.B

Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Asking Questions and Defining Problems

  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • Patterns

  • Structure and Function

  • Stability and Change

Students will:

  • Gain understanding of scientific processes

  • Demonstrate observational skills by identifying animals and habitats features

  • Explain animal connections to the estuary environment

  • Observe and identify animal adaptations

  • Explain how specific adaptations help animals thrive in their unique marine habitat

SF Bay Invertebrates

Students discover and learn all about the unique and various marine animals residing at the muddy floor of the San Francisco Bay.

Grades: 2nd grade and up

NGSS Connections: LS4.C, LS1.A, LS1.B

Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Asking Questions and Defining Problems

  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • Patterns

  • Structure and Function

  • Stability and Change

Students will:

  • Gain understanding of scientific processes

  • Demonstrate observational skills by identifying animals and habitat features

  • Explain animal connections to the estuary environment

  • Observe and identify animal adaptations

  • Inquire and discuss how specific adaptations help animals thrive in their unique marine habitat

SF Bay Sharks and Rays

Students explore sharks and their cartilaginous relatives with an emphasis on the relationship these animals have to their San Francisco Bay and coastal environments.

Grades: 2nd grade and up

NGSS Connections: LS4.C, LS1.A, LS1.B

Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Asking Questions and Defining Problems

  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • Patterns

  • Structure and Function

  • Stability and Change

Students will:

  • Gain understanding of scientific processes

  • Demonstrate observational skills by identifying animals and habitat features

  • Explain animal connections to the estuary and coastal environments

  • Observe and identify animal adaptations

  • Inquire and discuss how specific adaptations help animals thrive in their unique marine habitat

Rocky Shore

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

Grades: K and up

NGSS Connections: LS2.A, LS1.A, LS4.C, PS4.A

Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Asking Questions and Defining Problems

  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • Patterns

  • Structure and Function

  • Stability and Change

Students will:

  • Gain understanding of scientific processes

  • Demonstrate observational skills by identifying animals and various shoreline habitat zones.

  • Explain animal connections to the rocky shore environment

  • Observe and identify animal adaptations

  • Inquire and discuss how specific adaptations help animals thrive in their unique marine habitat

Ocean Lab (2 online session program)

Students learn from marine biologists how to think like scientists, brainstorm with their classmates, and make detailed observations by examining organisms from the rocky intertidal ecosystem.

Grades: 6th grade and up

NGSS Connections: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.C, LS4.A, LS4.C

Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Asking Questions and Defining Problems

  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • Patterns

  • Structure and Function

  • Stability and Change

  • System and System Models

Students will:

  • Gain understanding of scientific processes

  • Gain understanding of Taxonomy

  • Develop understanding by identifying Phyla key features

  • Demonstrate observational skills by identifying animals and unique adaptations

  • Define and explain key habitat features

  • Inquire and discuss how specific adaptations help animals thrive in their unique marine habitat

Plankton Exploration 

Plankton are amazing and often underappreciated. These (usually tiny) drifters are the building blocks of aquatic life providing food, photosynthesis, and the majority of Earths oxygen.

Grades: 2nd - 5th grade

NGSS Connections: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.C, LS4.A, LS4.C

Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Asking Questions and Defining Problems

  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • Patterns

  • Structure and Function

  • Stability and Change

  • System and System Models

Students will:

  • Gain understanding of scientific processes

  • Develop understanding of photosynthesis

  • Demonstrate observational skills by identifying animals and algae and their unique adaptations

  • Define and explain key habitat features

  • Inquire and discuss how specific adaptations help animals thrive in their unique marine habitat

Sandy Beach

Students take a virtual journey to the sandy beach to explore this ever-changing habitat. Students will learn more about the resilient animals that call this ever-changing coastal environment their home.

Grades: K and up

NGSS Connections: LS2.A, LS1.A, LS4.C, LS4.D, PS4.A

Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Asking Questions and Defining Problems

  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • Patterns

  • Structure and Function

  • Stability and Change

  • System and System Models

Students will:

  • Gain understanding of scientific processes

  • Demonstrate observational skills by identifying animals and various shoreline habitat zones.

  • Explain animal connections to the sandy beach environment

  • Observe and identify animal adaptations

  • Inquire and discuss how specific adaptations help animals thrive in their unique marine habitat

Kelp Forest

Students take a virtual journey to the kelp forest. Students explore this important habitat and the unique animals that call this coastal environment their home.

Grades: 2nd and up

NGSS Connections: LS2.A, LS1.A, LS1.C, LS4.C, LS4.D, ESS3.C

Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Asking Questions and Defining Problems

  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • Patterns

  • Structure and Function

  • Stability and Change

  • System and System Models

Students will:

  • Gain understanding of scientific processes

  • Demonstrate observational skills by identifying animals and their behaviors beneficial for this habitat

  • Explain animal connections to the kelp forest environment

  • Observe and identify animal adaptations

  • Inquire and discuss how specific adaptations help animals thrive in their unique marine habitat

Mon-Sat

55 Minute Classes

Grades K and Up

$50 for 15 students or $75 for 30

class requirements

  • internet

  • smart device or computer with audio/visual capabilities

*Sliding scale available depending on need
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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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