What are you doing this weekend?

Whale of an Opportunity!

THAR BE WHALES ON THE HORIZON!
Whale Watching out of Half Moon Bay!

 

The annual gray whale migration is one of the world’s most magnificent and accessible wildlife spectacles. Each Fall, thousands of gray whales migrate from their summer feeding grounds around Alaska down to the waters of Baja California where they breed and calf. In the Spring, the whales and their calves migrate back up North for the Summer.

Their migration pathway follows closely along the California coast, providing us with outstanding opportunities for coastal whale watching.

Whale Watching With MSI

 

Join MSI on a very special whale watching adventure! We will set sail from Half Moon Bay in search of migrating gray whales, humback whales, blue whales, dolphins, porpoises, seabirds and other majestic marine wildlife in their home waters. A great family outing! 

When: Saturday, May 3          8:30am ~ 12:00pm

Where: Pillar Point Harbor, Princeton by the Sea
1 Johnson Pier
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Cost:
FREE with sponsorship donation of $100 or more
Individual Rate: $50 per person

ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED: REGISTER HERE

Restrictions: Minimum age is 8 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

 

Earth Day on the Bay Countdown part 4!

EDOTB complete headerWe will be counting down to Earth Day with special blog post’s all week, so check back here every day for the spotlighted Earth Day activity.

PLUG IN AMERICA!

Plug In America

Plug In America

As part of Earth Day on the Bay on April 19, you can see environment-friendly electric cars up-close.  You might have seen some on the road but did you know that there are more than 180,000 of them in the US?  These aren’t golf carts or somebody’s hobby project.  They are complete, highway-capable cars from major manufacturers that people use daily like any other car.  Come at your leisure to see and learn about this kind of car.  An expert from non-profit PlugInAmerica.org will be on-hand to explain and answer questions about environmental benefits, charging at home, charging away from home, range, clean energy, incentives, performance, and more.

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Electric Cars in Action

 

RAFFLE SNEAK PEAK PRIZE #4!

Whale of a sleepover!

Whale of a Sleepover

Sleepovers are a special way to enjoy MSI and our Aquarium after hours – imagine you and 11 of your friends and family snuggling down in MSI’s Marine Science Center (MSC) under the watchful eye of our replica Orca whale, and knowing sharks are swimming nearby in their tank. Enjoy fun activities throughout the evening including an aquarium tour, “belly biology” on the dock, take a plankton sample and view it in the plankton lab, a pizza dinner, a movie on the MSC’s huge projection screen, and breakfast when you wake up the next morning.

Details: Ages 9 & above; all children must be accompanied by two adults; must be booked in advance for a mutually agreeable date; sleeping gear (sleeping bags, pillows, etc.) not included. Arrival time is no earlier than 6pm and check-out time is no later than 9am. Not available on Sunday evenings. Valid through June 2013.”

Raffle is to be held at 2:30pm on April 19 on our beach.

Raffle tickets will be sold on site at Earth Day on the Bay.

Participants do not need to be present to win.

Raffle tickets are $1 each.

 

Earth Day on the Bay Countdown part 3!

EDOTB complete headerWe will be counting down to Earth Day with special blog post’s all week, so check back here every day for the spotlighted Earth Day activity.

BANANA SLUG STRING BAND!

Banana Slug String Band

Banana Slug String Band

Live lunch time entertainment courtesy of the marvelous Banana Slugs String Band!  The Banana Slug String Band is a group of lovable musicians, songwriters, and educators from the coastal redwoods of Northern California who blend music, theater, puppetry, and audience participation to create a lively learning environment.  With vocals, guitars, mandolin, bass, harmonica, banjo, and percussion, Slug songs range from rockin’ boogies to gentle ballads; folk songs to reggae and rap.

Lunch Time Goodies!

 

Curry Up Now and The Melt food trucks will be available to curb your lunch time cravings

Curry Up Now – Indian street food

The Melt – all things grilled cheese, unique bread and cheese combinations

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Curry Up Now and The Melt

 

RAFFLE SNEAK PEAK PRIZE #2 and 3!

Staff Give-a-way Canvas Print

Raphael

“Raphael” was photographed in Roatan, Honduras and made into a beautiful 24″x32″ Canvas Print. Donated by one of our staff, Raphael would love to find a great wall to call home.

Giants tickets!

Giants Tickets

Giants Tickets

2 Giants Tickets for May 14, 2014! Tickets are Row 0, seats 11 and 12! Donated by our friends at Sims Metal Management.

Raffle is to be held at 2:30pm on April 19 on our beach.

Raffle tickets will be sold on site at Earth Day on the Bay.

Participants do not need to be present to win.

Raffle tickets are $1 each.

 

Earth Day on the Bay Countdown part 2!

EDOTB complete headerWe will be counting down to Earth Day with special blog post’s all week, so check back here every day for the spotlighted Earth Day activity.

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HOYO NEGRO PRESENTATION!

1:30pm-2:30pm in the MSC

Hoyo Negro could be the most important Paleo-indian site discovered in the last decade.  This now submerged site in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula provides the preface for a yet untold story about humans’ and beast’s constant struggle to survive on a prehistoric landscape so different from today’s.  The skeleton of a human rests at the floor of a large chamber inside an underwater cave with remains of extinct Pleistocene megafauna, such as giant ground sloths and saber-toothed cats.  Come see the informative presentation on this archeological treasure trove courtesy of the Hoyo Negro Project.

Princess Naia

Princess Naia

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10:15am-11:30am and 3:00pm-4:30pm in the MSC

The Beneath the Waves Film Festival seeks to raise public awareness with regards to ocean conservation and marine science through the use of visual and digital media such as videos.  They also seek to promote science communication and scientific literacy by encouraging and inspiring scientists, ocean enthusiasts, and members of the general public to produce, promote, and communicate research and conservation through open-access, engaging short films.

RAFFLE SNEAK PEAK PRIZE #1!

PIER 39 FUN PACK

Pier 39 Fun Pack

Pier 39 Fun Pack

“PIER 39 is committed to providing a fun, action-packed experience for our visitors to enjoy.”  PIER 39 Fun Pack contains discount offers to PIER 39′s shops, restaurants and attractions, and FOUR PIER 39 Premier Passes. Each Premier Pass includes one free Blue & Gold Fleet San Francisco Bay Cruise or RocketBoat ride, one free ride on the San Francisco Carousel, admission to Aquarium of the Bay and admission to 7D Experience. Validation for two hours of free parking in the PIER 39 Parking Garage is also included.

Raffle is to be held at 2:30pm on April 19 on our beach.

Raffle tickets will be sold on site at Earth Day on the Bay.

Participants do not need to be present to win.

Raffle tickets are $1 each.

 

Earth Day on the Bay Countdown part 1!

Earth Day Is Coming! Earth Day Is Coming! 

Saturday April 19, 10am-5pm

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We will be counting down to Earth Day with special blog post’s all week, so check back here every day for the spotlighted Earth Day activity.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

A special big starfishy, leopard sharkiness, mud hug thank you to our sponsors!

Kohl’s

Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company

Turner Designs

Lyngso Garden Materials

Port of Redwood City

Sims Metal Management

Expansion Capital Group

Provident Credit Union

Child Care Careers

San Mateo Harbor District

And thanks to The Melt, Curry Up Now, Trader Joe’s, Raley’s, and Whole Foods Market® for providing staff and volunteers with meals, beverages, and snacks for Earth Day on the Bay!

TRANSLATING THE TIDES GALLERY

Translating the Tides’ contest winning youth art and poetry gallery

Rainbow bird april calendar
Translating the Tides is a contest through the Marine Science Institute in which students can win prizes for themselves and their classroom.  Students can showcase what they have learned by sharing artwork or poetry with us and their program sponsors. Earth Day on the Bay will highlight the wonderful efforts of the 2012-2013 winners by posting the students original artwork  in our gallery.  Some of their artwork can be seen at http://sfbaymsi.org/TTT/tttindex.html in the form of desktop calendars.

Earth Day EcoVoyages!

Earth Day Eco~Voyages

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Enjoy a 2 hour voyage

Earth Day on the Bay 

April 19th, 2014 10am-5pm

Climb aboard our floating classroom for an exploration of the San Francisco Bay like no other! Our 90′ Research Vessel the Robert G. Brownlee  promises you will remember this trip for a lifetime!

After an introduction to this magical estuary, you can help us set a net to sample what fish are swimming through the waters below. We’ll help you identify and even touch the fish we see… we might catch a shark, bat ray or any of over one hundred other surprising fish. We will than pull up a bottom sample and investigate what amazing creatures might be hiding inside the mud. Last but not least, we’ll peer into the world of plankton, the super engine that drives this whole fantastic ecosystem!

2 hour voyages available at 10am, 1pm and 3pm

Advanced registration required. $40 for adults, $20 for children (5-12)

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Must be at least 5 years old to attend, and ALL children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. Closed-toe shoes required.

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