Summer is the time to explore and enjoy the outdoors!


Marine Science Camp for K-8th grades is a wonderful way for children to excite their curiosity and enthusiasm for learning about, and caring for, the environment. Whether they are getting introduced to marine science, or are diving into a subject that they are already passionate about, campers are inspired by interactions with live animals and taking part in science in action. This summer program engages budding biologists with creative, active and hands-on projects that keep their bodies and minds active. Lead by our experienced science instructors, campers discover local habitats and animals at our Redwood City site and while aboard our research vessel, the Robert G. Brownlee. Make science come alive this summer!

Please read the Summer Marine Science Camp FAQs for important information such as modifications for COVID-19, what to expect at camp, and much more.


Apply for financial support via the Marine Science Camp Scholarship Fund.


If any sessions say SOLD OUT, please register for the waitlist at no cost by continuing with the online registration process. Waitlist registrations are recorded in order in which they are received. Click here to learn how the waitlist works.


entering K - 1st grade


$550 per 1-week session

(includes 1 day on boat, 4 days at MSI)


June 28-July 2 SOLD OUT

July 12-16 SOLD OUT

July 19-23 SOLD OUT


8:30 AM - 3:30 PM



entering 2nd - 5th grade


$1200 per 2-week session

(includes 2 days on boat, 8 days at MSI)


June 14-25 SOLD OUT

June 28-July 9 SOLD OUT

July 5-16 SOLD OUT

July 19-30 SOLD OUT

August 2-13 SOLD OUT


8:30 AM - 3:30 PM


entering 6th - 8th grade

Cost: $700 per 1-week session

(incudes 2 days on boat - no overnight,

2 days canoeing, 1 day at MSI)


June 28-July 2 SOLD OUT

July 12-16 SOLD OUT

July 26-30 SOLD OUT


8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Mon - Fri

June 14-August 13

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Grades K - 8th

Price varies per camp

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Summer Marine Science Camp cancellation and refund policy: 

20% of total program fees and the $3.41 processing fee are non-refundable for cancellations made at any time. Cancellations between May 3 and two weeks prior to your camp start date result in a refund of 50% of total program fees. Cancellations within two weeks of your camp start date are non-refundable. Cancellations due to medical emergencies will be assessed on an individual basis. If federal, state or county COVID-19 mandates prevent MSI from operating Marine Science Camp programs, registrants may opt to donate program fees, defer program fees to the ACTIVE account to be used as a credit, or receive a full refund. Scholarship donations are non-refundable.

All sessions will consist of stable groups of no more than 12 students with dedicated staff members. Each group will remain separated to avoid intermixing of other students and staff, and big group gatherings.


All staff and participants are required to wear masks.

Face covering exceptions will be made to those with sensory complications or other issues which make wearing masks or face coverings challenging.