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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 four 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.

Beach Seine 

Beach Seine*: Working together, students use a 50-foot beach seine net to discover the variety of fishes and invertebrates that live close to shore. (*This activity is not a station, and is only included on programs with the Bay Fish station).


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K and Up Shoreside Pricing:


Two Station Program -- 2 Hours 

Up to 30 students-- 2 instructors -- $375*


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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Bay Fish:

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. 


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 a sample directly from the bay, which they view using microscopes in our Plankton Lab. Students learn about these important organisms and their role in the ecosystem. 

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 to study and compare. They discuss what influences water quality, and how it can affect the organisms living in it. 

Shoreside Program Forms and Information 

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*Book Now links to an email to request program and dates. 
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500 Discovery Parkway

Redwood City, CA 94063

Tel: 650-364-2760

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