Marine Camp 2016: Underwater Investigator Sneak Peak

The Underwater Investigator camp for entering 6th-8th graders is a week-long program that is sure to inspire curiosity about the various fields within marine science. This summer campers will explore a different marine science field each day, including marine ecology and conservation, biodiversity, physical and biological oceanography, biomimicry, and will even learn what it takes to be an aquarist. They will practice scientific data collection on land by using real scientific equipment and they will also create their own quadrat, a research tool used to collect data to survey the biodiversity and health of a habitat. Campers will also spend a fun day canoeing to nearby Bair Island where they will investigate mud-dwelling invertebrates, examine the hydrology of the slough, and check out native and non-native plants that make this wetland such a unique habitat.

Their camp week culminates in a fun 2-day-long trip aboard our research vessel, and campers and staff even sleep aboard the boat! Campers will board the boat at 9am on the Thursday of their camp week and participate in various marine science studies as they venture to Sausalito for field trip activities. They will then have free time playing games and exploring the area while we barbecue dinner. Campers will then board the boat and watch a movie as we head to the Marina Bay Yacht Harbor for the overnight portion. On Friday campers will use scientific equipment to sample fish from the Bay, examine invertebrates from the mud, and study plankton underneath a microscope. This fun-filled week is packed with action!

Currently all of the Underwater Investigator sessions are full but campers can still be registered for the waitlists.

UNDERWATER INVESTIGATOR SCHEDULE:

June 20-24

July 11-15

July 25-29

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Marine Camp 2016: Naturalist Sneak Peak

Our Naturalist program is for entering 4th and 5th graders who have attended an Explorers camp. The Naturalist campers will dive deeper into life and processes of the San Francisco Bay and Pacific coast, learn research methods and discuss current issues in our world’s marine ecosystems. By learning how to be naturalists, these devoted marine scientists will become familiar with the skills and passion needed to be a life scientist during their fast-paced camp week.

Naturalists have an amazing and fun week ahead of them. Activities include:

  • Preserved sea star dissection to examine the water vascular system.
  • Creating a quadrat, a tool used to quantify the number of species and amount of new species within a designated area. This tool is essential for studying biodiversity and the health of an area. Campers will keep the quadrat they create!
  • Learning how to take fish data by identifying and taking measurements on the fish caught. This data goes into a database which other organizations have access to.
  • Examining Phyla and the features of different groups of animals which made scientists group them together.

… and much more!

All Naturalist camps (except for the shortened July 5th camp week) have:

  • 2 days at our site to study live animals from our aquarium and to engage in other science projects both indoors and outside
  • 2 field trips (reached by school bus) that feature different habitats (shortened July 5th week has 1 field trip)
  • 1 day aboard our ship that includes fishing, studying plankton, sampling mud, and learning about nautical navigation
  • 2 staff plus a volunteer for every 15 campers
  • Flexible curriculum that engages multiple learning styles

Naturalist campers will be visiting two field trip sites: the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center and the Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve. On both of these excursions campers will learn about the habitats, perform experiments to better understand the conditions of each location, and examine animal life.

There are 4 weeks of Naturalist camp available during the summer. If your entering 4th or 5th grade camper has attended an Explorer camp during a previous summer we encourage them to join this fast-paced program. Campers also have the option of being in an Explorer camp earlier in the summer and signing up for Naturalists later on to compound the information and dive deeper into marine science.

Join us for this awesome experience as campers dive into marine science and explore our local marine habitats. Camps run Monday through Friday, 8:30am-3pm with extended care available until 5:30pm.

NATURALIST SCHEDULE:

July 5-8 *special overnight opportunity available

July 18-22

August 1-5

August 8-12

*We have a special option for the shortened 4th of July camp week of Naturalists: an optional overnight is available on the Thursday (July 7th) of camp for an additional $50. Campers will bring their overnight materials (clothes, sleeping bags, etc) and we will camp in the MSC. Food will be provided. Campers will watch a marine science themed video TBD, tow for night plankton and examine under a microscope, learn how scientists navigated using the stars, and more!

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Marine Camp 2016: Ocean Explorers Sneak Peak

Entering 2nd-5th graders have two camp options: Wetland Explorers (discussed in a blog from 2 weeks ago found HERE) or Ocean Explorers, a camp of similar structure but focusing on a different habitat. Ocean Explorers camp is about “whole world’s ocean” and how we are connected to it. Campers will learn about various habitats such as the highly productive kelp forest, the harsh sandy beach, the ever-changing rocky shore and the dramatic open ocean which is strongly characterized by physical factors. Diverse populations of marine algae and animals are found along the rocky coast as well as in the open ocean. Wind, sunlight, tides and other physical factors create a complex environment, and the animals that are a part of northern California’s coastal community have incredible adaptations for survival.

Ocean Explorer camp, as well as MSI’s other camp options, is geared toward California’s science standards taught during the school year, and is fun and interactive. Hands-on lessons, animal touching, games, crafts, songs and more are themed toward the material to engage campers to embrace the communities along our nearby coastline.

All Ocean Explorer camps have:

  • 2 days at our site to study live animals from our aquarium and to engage in other science projects both indoors and outside
  • 2 field trips (reached by school bus) that feature different habitats
  • 1 day aboard our ship that includes fishing, studying plankton, sampling mud, and learning about nautical navigation
  • 2 staff plus a volunteer for every 15 campers
  • Flexible curriculum that engages multiple learning styles

Campers will be going on two field trips during their week at camp: Bean Hollow State Beach and the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center. Bean Hollow (along the coast about 17 miles south of Half Moon Bay) offers ample opportunity for tide pool exploration and other activities. Campers will be able to find hermit crabs, black turban snails, sea anemones, purple shore crabs, sea stars with 5-6 arms, and more! This region also offers a coastal walk where campers can spot common native and non-native coastal plants, and even find a harbor seal haul-out where these marine mammals are commonly seen resting on the rocks.

The second field trip is a visit to the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center in San Francisco. Located near Crissy Field, this facility has been transformed from old Coast Guard Buildings and is found along the beach. Campers will explore the region looking for crabs along the shoreline and taking part in crab population surveys. They will also drag a plankton net through the water and compare the coastal plankton to that found in the south Bay at our facility. Campers will also take part in a marine debris project with the Ocean Conservancy; they will contribute to a survey in which they will account for and tally the number of trash items found. The data will be entered into a database and submitted to the Ocean Conservancy, which will be compiled and become a part of a report for the city of San Francisco and contribute to the global project placed by the Ocean Conservancy.

Join us for a week full of fun, lessons, games, and interactive activities that are sure to excite your camper and inspire their love for the life within the California coastline and open ocean. Camps run Monday through Friday, 8:30am-3pm with extended care available until 5:30pm. Camp July 5th-8th still has spots available!

OCEAN EXPLORER SCHEDULE:

June 13-17 – FULL

June 20-24 – FULL

June 27-July 1 – FULL

July 5-8

July 11-15 – FULL

July 18-22 – FULL

July 25-29 – FULL

August 1-5 – FULL

August 8-12 – FULL

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Marine Camp 2016: Wetland Explorers Sneak Peak

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Opportunities are abound in the Wetland Explorer camp for 2nd-5th graders. This camp explorers our local habitats and the animals that inhabit our incredible backyard. Campers will explore the life found in our local estuary, marshes, sloughs and mudflats. With Bair Island Ecological Reserve across the waterway from Marine Science Institute, campers will be inspired and curious about the vast array of wildlife this area offers. This shoreline habitat makes the Bay ecosystem healthier by providing homes for diverse animals that live only in this habitat, migratory birds that use the marsh as a pit-stop along their route, and by acting as a sponge by filtering pollutants and heavy metals from run-off.

During their week learning about the San Francisco Bay’s wetlands, Wetland Explorers will discover the animal life that calls our estuarine habitat home. This camp is geared toward California’s science standards taught during the school year, and is fun and interactive. Campers will touch animals and participate in hands-on activities, games, crafts and songs tailored toward the material.

All Wetland Explorer camps have:

  • 2 days at our site to study live animals from our aquarium and to engage in other science projects both indoors and outside
  • 2 field trips (reached by school bus) that feature different habitats
  • 1 day aboard our ship that includes fishing, studying plankton, sampling mud, and learning about nautical navigation
  • 2 staff plus a volunteer for every 15 campers
  • Flexible curriculum that engages multiple learning styles

The first field trip is to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park in San Francisco. Here campers will tour the only square-rigged ship left in the San Francisco Bay area, the Balclutha. Built in 1886, the Balclutha was a cargo ship that traveled around the world and now resides in San Francisco as a National Historic Landmark. Campers will learn sea shanties and learn how the San Francisco Bay became one of the world’s largest and most important seaports. Campers will also explore birdlife and invertebrates through activities with binoculars and on the docks at the aquatic park. Kelp crabs, giant bay anemones and nudibranchs as large as your hand will fascinate Wetland Explorers as they compare the invertebrate life in this North Bay area with that found on our docks in the South Bay.

The second field trip is to the Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve, which includes the only extensive wetland along the coast of the San Francisco peninsula. This area hosts extensive flat hiking trails where campers will utilize binoculars and bird field guides to spot some of the 60 species of birds that nest in the marsh (and 200 that fly through it!) and the importance of the marsh as a breakpoint along the Pacific Flyway. They will also use field guides to identify and differentiate between native and non-native plant species. We can even spot harbor seals as they surface, or leopard shark fins as they search along the bottom for food during low tide!

The Wetland Explorer camp is an excellent option for young scientists to learn about our nearby marine habitats. All Instructors have a degree in Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Education or a related field, and many have field research experience and will emphasize different aspects of the curriculum. Each instructor has their own unique teaching style so no two weeks of camp are the same.

Join us for this unique experience as campers explore the science that is practically in their backyard. Camps run Monday through Friday, 8:30am-3pm with extended care available until 5:30pm.

WETLAND EXPLORER SCHEDULE:

June 13-17

June 20-24

June 27-July 1

July 11-15

July 18-22

July 25-29

 

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Marine Camp 2016: Plankton Pioneers Sneak Peak

Campers entering Kindergarten through 1st grade have an exhilarating week ahead of them as Plankton Pioneers!

This camp introduces your budding biologist to the wonders of our amazing local marine life, both in the San Francisco Bay and in our world’s ocean. They will experience the animals and habitats first hand through a variety of fun-filled interactive activities. Campers will learn about and touch live animals in a safe and exciting environment, and participate in themed crafts, games, songs and stories. These activities spark excitement about nature and will inspire campers to appreciate our local life!

Each day of camp has a different theme, enabling campers to explore different aspects of marine science. Plankton Pioneers will also create fun crafts, including decorating their own reusable tote bag with marine animal designs and creating their own jelly to play with. They will also spend a day on board our 90’ research vessel, surveying animals from the San Francisco Bay! This ship was designed specifically for teaching programs in the San Francisco Bay. Join us as we go fishing, survey mud and invertebrates, study plankton, sharks, and so much more!

Camps run Monday through Friday select weeks from 8:30am-1pm. Extended care is available until 5:30pm.

Camp availability:

June 13-17 – FULL

June 27-July 1 – AVAILABLE

July 5-8 – AVAILABLE

August 1-5 – FULL

August 8-12 – FULL

Space is available – join the Plankton Pioneers today!

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Fall Programs and Upcoming Events

Join us for a sunset low tide walk on October 25th! Details below!

Line up of Fall Events

Afternoon Ecology

Fall 2014 Session

Sept 29 – Nov. 3
Mondays, 3:30pm – 5pm, Ages 6-11
Six 1.5 hour classes – cost is only $120 per student

Animals : Bay vs. Ocean

Marine Biology studies the life in salt water! This session, students will explore the many species of animals that rely on salt water environments, both from the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Comparisons will be made between estuarine and oceanic animals’ adaptations, habitats, and feeding strategies. Students will get the opportunity to handle live animals, including fish, invertebrates, and even a shark! They will also get a chance to use real scientific equipment to catch these animals and study the water in which these animals live. All these activities will have the students working in small groups using teamwork and draw pictures of their favorite animals in their log books each day.

Register Here for Fall Session!


Other Upcoming Events!

Canoe Paddle in Redwood Creek

Saturday, September 6     9:00am ~ 2:00pm
Saturday, September 27     9:00am ~ 2:00pm  PART 2 OF COAST WEEK SERIES

Coastal Clean Up Day at Gray Whale Cove

Saturday, September 20              9am~12pm        PART 1 OF COAST WEEK SERIES!

Shark Day

Saturday, October 4     10:00am ~ 12:00pm

Elkhorn Slough Safari by Pontoon Boat

Saturday, October 11       9am ~ 11:30pm

Sunset Low Tide Walk

Saturday, October 25     Time: 4:30pm~6:30pm

San Francisco SPECIAL Discovery Voyages

Saturday, November 22     Time: 1:00pm~3:00pm and 3:00pm~5:00pm

 

EVENTS REQUIRE ADVANCED REGISTRATION : REGISTER HERE 

Check out the current edition of BAYLINES our quarterly newsletter! Read, learn and join this summer of fun with Marine Science Institute!

Upcoming Events

Seashell Succulents

ABALONE SUCCULENT WORKSHOP!

Join EcoMonster for a summer succulent workshop to make your very own mini garden to take home. Beautiful succulent cuttings provided by Licorice Landscapes.
All supplies and materials will be provided:
-Abalone shells, recycled cups, mugs and other containers
-a HUGE variety of succulent cuttings and soil
-lots of fun trinkets to select from for your mini themed garden
You will take home one finished arrangement in an abalone shell at the end of the workshop.

When: Saturday, August 9          10:00am ~ 12:00pm

Where: Marine Science Institute (MSC)
500 Discovery Parkway
Redwood City, CA

Cost:
MSI Member cost is $25. Non-member price is $30. Space is limited, so RSVP now for a family eco-fun craft!

ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED: REGISTER HERE

Restrictions: Minimum age is 6 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Other Upcoming Events!

SHARK DAY       

Saturday, August 16     10:00am ~ 12:00pm
Saturday, October 4     10:00am ~ 12:00pm

CANOE PADDLE IN REDWOOD CREEK   

Saturday, September 6     9:00am ~ 2:00pm
Saturday, September 27     9:00am ~ 2:00pm  PART 2 OF COAST WEEK SERIES

COASTAL CLEANUP DAY

Saturday, September 20              9am~12pm        PART 1 OF COAST WEEK SERIES!

ELKHORN SLOUGH SAFARI BY PONTOON BOAT
Saturday, October 11       9am ~ 11:30pm

SUNSET LOW TIDE WALK
Saturday, October 25     Time: 4:30pm~6:30pm

SAN FRANCISCO SPECIAL DISCOVERY ECOVOYAGES
Saturday, November 22     Time: 1:00pm~3:00pm and 3:00pm~5:00pm

EVENTS REQUIRE ADVANCED REGISTRATION : REGISTER HERE 

Check out the current edition of BAYLINES our quarterly newsletter! Read, learn and join this summer of fun with Marine Science Institute!

Desktop Calendar August

August’s Translating the Tides Winner!

CONGRATULATIONS CHELSEA!

Chelsea has won  a family membership to the Marine Science Institute, and Chelsea’s classroom’s has been awarded $100 to go towards another exciting program here at MSI!

Leopard Shark Scientific Diagram

Click on the image to save to your computer and than set it as desktop background

ENJOY!

Marine Science Institute is proud to present our winners for the Translating the Tides contest 2012-2013!

Every month we will showcase our winners artwork in the form of a beautiful desktop calendar!

Check back for monthly artwork!

Exciting Summer Events and Newsletter

Baylines Banner Summer 2014

SUMMER IS OFFICIALLY HERE!

 

Summer is finally here and MSI is excited to offer NEW EVENTS and the current edition of BAYLINES our quarterly newsletter! Read, learn and join this summer of fun with Marine Science Institute!

JUST ADDED TO OUR SUMMER LINE UP!

ABALONE SUCCULENT WORKSHOP!

Join EcoMonster for a summer succulent workshop to make your very own mini garden to take home. Beautiful succulent cuttings provided by Licorice Landscapes.
All supplies and materials will be provided:
-Abalone shells, recycled cups, mugs and other containers
-a HUGE variety of succulent cuttings and soil
-lots of fun trinkets to select from for your mini themed garden
You will take home one finished arrangement in an abalone shell at the end of the workshop.

When: Saturday, August 9          10:00am ~ 12:00pm

Where: Marine Science Institute (MSC)
500 Discovery Parkway
Redwood City, CA

Cost:
MSI Member cost is $25. Non-member price is $30. Space is limited, so RSVP now for a family eco-fun craft!

ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED: REGISTER HERE

Restrictions: Minimum age is 6 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

 

Stewardship Monday: Ocean Art!

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