Program: Discovery Voyage

Baylands Ecology, California History, Ecology, Living With Our Environment, Water Science
Join the MSI crew for a four-hour expedition of the San Francisco Estuary aboard the 90-foot research vessel, the Robert G. Brownlee. Your group will spend a half-day as scientists, discovering the estuary's ecosystem and discussing their own roles within it.

Students will collect and examine plankton, run hydrology tests, and observe wetland ecology from the ship. They will delve through mud samples, discovering the fascinating invertebrates that thrive at the Bay's bottom. Students will also use a trawl net to catch a wide variety of fish species, including sharks and rays! They will then identify the fish with a dichotomous key before releasing and may help volunteers measure fish for MSI's monitoring program. This program offers students the chance to enjoy the natural vitality of this area while learning valuable scientific skills.
Field Trip
4 hours
Fee Description
Fees are on a sliding scale from $1000 - 2000 depending on group size and financial need. More sponsorship may be available to schools that demonstrate greater financial hardship.
4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
Life Science - 4-2, Life Science - 4-3, Earth Science - 4-5, Investigation and Experimentation - 4-6, Life Science - 5-2, Earth Science - 5-3, Earth Science - 5-4, Investigation and Experimentation - 5-6, Earth Science - Shaping Earth's Surface - 6-2, Earth Science - Energy in the Earth System - 6-4, Earth Science - Ecology - 6-5, Investigation and Experimentation - 6-7
Areas of Service
No restrictions
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