Marine Science Institute

Rating: 4.85 stars   87 reviews

Address:

500 Discovery Pkwy Redwood City CA 94063 USA

Mission:

MSI's mission is to cultivate a responsibility for the natural environment and our human communities through interdisciplinary science education.

Results:

MSI has been conducting watershed education programs on and around the San Francisco Bay and Coast for 42 years. We estimate that a total of 1 million students have enriched their understanding of science and the environment through our programs, and as a result are living their lives with a greater sense of responsibility for the environment. MSI currently works with 50,000 students of all ages each year. At least 75% of teachers rebook our services year after year. Most our growth can be attributed to word of mouth promotion by satisfied teachers and other educators. More than 3,000 teacher surveys collected in the last 3 program years reveal an extremely high satisfaction rate. Teachers rated MSI with a nearly perfect score of 3.9+ on a scale of 1-4. On those same surveys, teachers also scored our programs an average of 3.3 on a scale of 1 - 4 when asked “How likely is this program to increase your students’ understanding of science?” The most common remark by teachers is about how impressed they are at MSI’s ability to engage students in active learning of science, and capture the attention of even the toughest cases of wandering minds or disinterested students. Students we taught in our early years are now in their 50’s. They have passed on their love and appreciation of the environment to their children and grandchildren. Teachers who went through our program when they were students come back to us to provide the MSI experience for their students. Science teachers using the Institute programs have been awarded Presidential Science Teaching recognition, and then commented, “It all began on that ship on the Bay”.  Many MSI “alumni” students and staff play active roles in environmental conservation or in other sciences. Some are even captains of industry.

Target demographics:

Students of all ages and schools throughout Northern California

Direct beneficiaries per year:

55,000

Geographic areas served:

Northern California

Programs:

MSI serves 55,000 students each year by making them marine scientists for the day by putting them in touch with their local habitat and using scientific equipment on our 90-foot research vessel and hands-on programs on our San Francisco Bayside beach.

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650-364-2760
www.sfbaymsi.org

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Reviews for Marine Science Institute

Rating: 5 stars  

My children have attended summer camp at MSI for the last 3 years and loved it. They came home everyday full of stories about what they saw and learned, and they were able to apply the knowledge directly when we visited the nearby Monterey Bay Aquarium. Great job Felicia and team! We can't wait to come back next summer!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Marine Science Institute comes out to our school every year for their Inland Voyage program. My students always are engaged while they are here presenting their lessons. The reach students who would not normally be able to see live marine organisms. It is a wonderful program!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My fifth grade students took the voyage last year out on the Bay and it was extremely beneficial to their learning. My students ranged from never having been on the Bay to some that go out monthly, but very few actually knew about the life in the Bay. The students walked away with language they continued to use in the classroom and a deeper understanding of our ecosystem. This was absolutely a phenomenal trip and we will be doing it again this year.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Our school LOVES Marine Science institute. One of the great things about them is that when we bring our groups, all special education students, they learn so much!! The hands on experiences really help our students absorb information.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been taking my 2nd/3rd grade students to MSI for almost 25 years, as part of our study of the Ecology of San Francisco Bay. It is one of the highlights of our year. It is an engaging, hands-on experience, with well-trained, enthusiastic, knowledgeable instructors who enjoy working with kids. The children often attend the summer camps and/or return for visits with their families.

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How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

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How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My 33 5th graders had an extraordinary learning experience on their Discovery Voyage. They learned, and retained, so much from every station, and their conversations were in-depth. For both me and the children, this trip is our absolute favorite. Former students mention the amazing time they had and their specific memories when they come back and visit me.

Thank you for providing a high-quality learning opportunity for the children. You are unparalleled!

Best regards,
Pam Smith
5th Grade
Walnut Grove Elementary
Pleasanton USD

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My 4th graders took the most amazing field trip to Pescadero Beach last year where they were met by docents from the Marine Science Institute. The program is titled Marshes and Beaches but it is so much more. They learned many concepts that are important in the Next Generation Science Standards. The students observed internal and external structures that allow species to survive in specific envronments. They observed the layers of the rock in the cliffs as evidence of changes over time. They looked at human impact on the area and so much more. The hands on activities were exciting for the students and kept them engaged even with the competition from the gorgeous scenery and enticing water. It is now on my must-do field trip list.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My older son volunteered at MSI, my younger son went to summer camps at MSI. Both of them enjoyed their experiences. MSI staff are knowledgeable, creative, fun and supportive.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

MSI is one of the best field trips you will ever to take your students on. They are so well organized, informative, and fun. I go within the first 3 weeks of school (I teach K). Parents are nervous about their child leaving the school campus so early in the year inspiring them to be chaperone drivers. The MSI instructors are very good and well prepared, so chaperones play a small role once we get to the bay. The parents actually have time to do some bonding and our class really comes together after our field trip. Thanks MSI for teaching us about the bay, about protecting our resources, and for starting our year off right. P.S We also had MSI come out once and do the tidepool program at school. That was excellent also. The kids loved touching all the animals.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

After many, many years of full time teaching, I now teach arts and sciences part time. Retirement is almost here! I was lucky enough to attend the Teacher Night at MSI for 2015, and see how they have revamped and updated their curriculum for the new STEM standards and practices. I am so glad to have been able to bring some of our teachers with me. We learned a LOT. Much of what we experienced is now in our classrooms.
We will have 6 classes participating in MSI programs this year. The MSI instructors are so well educated, work wonderfully with children of all ages (our participants will be ages 10-14yrs), and seem to run on endless energy! The program content is of interest to the students, and is made so understandable by the MSI instructors. Everything MSI does is hands-on; they create lifelong memories and lifelong learners.
We are most grateful for MSI's commitment to financial assistance for schools who want to participate in their programs. The sponsors make a big difference in the lives of our families and the education of our children.
Thank you, MSI, for all you do, for your continued growing, for keeping us aware of our environment and how to be responsible caregivers for our Bay and the creatures who call it home.

 
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