Marine Science Institute

Rating: 4.85 stars   87 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Technology, Education, Environment

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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www.sfbaymsi.org

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Reviews for Marine Science Institute

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Both of our children have participated in MSI summer programs multiple times, and every summer they learn new things and have a fantastic experience! I highly recommend it to anyone!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

MSI is my favorite bay area institution for taking my 6-year-old son, who loves marine animals and wants to be a scientist. They make science fun and local. What could be better?

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first met the Marine Science Institute team when I signed up for a mixed ages experience of San Francisco Bay on their boat. It was a terrific experience seeing the various ways they have of teaching about what lives in the waters and mud of the bay.

Delighted with my experience I sponsored a twelve-year old girl for a week of camp. She was thrilled and says it is the best thing she has ever done. The following fall she began to take her school work more seriously and made such good grades that she was added to the Honor Roll. The MRI experience wasn't the entire reason for her renewed interest in her school work, but I believe it opened her eyes to what doing science is like. She met the excellent staff including the scientists aboard and could imagine doing it herself after college.

I highly recommend MRI for their learning experiences and your donor dollars. This is an excellent group to support knowing you will be making a difference for the many children served.

Caroline Beverstock, Atherton, CA

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We have had some wonderful opportunities as a family, and for our children, to explore and learn about Marine life thru the Marine Science Institute. The events and camps are absolutely wonderful and reasonably priced and we and our daughter have great memories. She loved the overnight camp. The staff and volunteers are very caring and knowledgeable. We are looking forward to our son being old enough this year.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Love the Marine Science Institute. It is a unique place to learn about marine life in the bay area. My kids first discovered MSI on a field trip and then I have signed them up for summer camps there. Now one of my sons wants to be a marine biologist. What a great way to open up the world to marine science!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

MSI offers an engaging, hands-on experience with well trained, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable instructors who just love to working with children, and it shows in the time and effort that is put in to each of their programs so that they make learning fun, and the kids retain the information.
They have a unique learning experience that gave my daughter the love and enthusiasm for Environmental Issues, both at home and abroad.
She went from Summer Camper, to Intern to her dream job as a full-time staff member.
Can't say enough great things about MSI, just so very happy that they are a part of our life and out community!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

“This is and has been an amazing program for many years, Even with limited resources,they consistantly have the best hands on and teaching staff around. From their camper programs to Boat trips and the enthusiastic staff, this is truly a gem in the bay area. We are so lucky to have programs like this that teach our young people about Marine Science and the needs and care of our Bay and the animals that live there. Your support will help keep this worthwhile program going for generations to come.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep doing what your doing, your staff is one of the best, and most enthusiastic I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

As a teacher, I thought this program was excellent. My students and I learned so much from the pre-trip school visit. We learned even more on the actual visit, and the post-trip school visit solidified the learning experience. Like the Chinese proverb states, " I hear, I forget, I see, and I remember, I DO and I understand." That is what this program guarantees to provide.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Me and my family have gone on several of MSI bay cruises. They are the best, most organized trips and totally kid oriented handson. The first time we netted for fish, we had many, the second time we went we didn't catch many fish but it didn't matter because the staff had so many other activities to entertain the kids (and adults). It has been one of our favorite activities and have taken and referred many of our friends. The staff is very well prepared and knowledgable. It was very enjoyable,

We also have visited the center during shark day. Although the center isn't very big, they seem to be able to entertain the kids all day with hands on activities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it with more tanks and have activities for the kids every weekend,

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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