grades k and up

The Shoreside program, based at our facility in Redwood City, offers a variety of hands-on activities that challenge students and ignite their curiosity. Students learn respect and stewardship for the Bay with inspiring experiences led by expert marine educators.

This program includes two to five stations chosen from the six options listed below, unified by a central theme. Students explore these topics using scientific methods and equipment. They interact with artifacts and live animals while developing teamwork and critical thinking skills.

Bay Fish:

Using a beach seine, students work together as a team to collect various fish from the Bay. Students study live fishes using observation, touch, and tools. They identify different species and recognize their characteristics while learning about each animal’s adaptations and roles in the San Francisco Bay ecosystem. 

Station Options

Students get a close look at leopard sharks, which they observe and touch in our aquarium. They learn how these cartilaginous fish survive and thrive in the San Francisco Bay by studying shark artifacts and learning about their unique adaptations.

Benthic Invertebrates:

Using a Peterson Mud Grab, students collect a sample of sediment from the bottom of the Bay (the benthos). They explore their sample, touch the mud, and discover live invertebrates.  


Students use a plankton net to gather samples directly from the Bay, which they view using microscopes in our Plankton Lab. Students learn about these important organisms and their major global role.

Marine Mammals:

Students learn how mammals survive in an aquatic habitat by participating in hands-on activities and exploring artifacts from local mammals, including a 45-foot grey whale skeleton and a life-size replica of an orca. 


Students collect multiple water samples using a Van Doren bottle to study and compare. They discuss what influences water quality, and how it can affect the organisms living in it. 

Two Station Program

2 Hours 

Up to 30 students-- 2 instructors -- $375*
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Three Station Program

2.5 Hours 

Up to 30 students-- 2 instructors -- $400*

31 to 45 students -- 3 instructors -- $500*

Four Station Program

3 Hours

Up to 30 students -- 2 instructors -- $425*

31 to 45 students -- 3 instructors -- $525*

46 to 60 students -- 4 instructors -- $625*

Five Station Program

4 Hours 

61 to 75 students -- 5 instructors -- $750*
*Sliding scale available depending on need
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We are currently only offering the Four Station Program which runs for 3 hours.

The maximum number of participants has been decreased to 36 until further notice. 

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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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