Field Trips


Field Trips

For nearly 40 years, Ocean Institute educators have excelled in using the ocean as their classroom to inspire students to learn. Long before Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math became popularly-known as STEM, the Ocean Institute immersed K-12 students in Standards-based marine science experiences, taking advantage of a natural fascination with the ocean to drive life-changing learning opportunities.

At the Ocean Institute, Experience is the Teacher. Our programs range from immersing students in historical reenactments to empowering students to build robots for undersea exploration and everything in-between. We realize each child is as diverse as each grain of sand on our nearby beaches. Our educators have a wealth of teaching experience to meet your students’ needs and encourage them to engage in scientific inquiry and engineering design.

Science is filled with endless questions, constant experimentation, exciting discoveries, and unimagined possibilities. The science and research we are conducting here is very real and done in collaboration with institutions like Scripps and the Smithsonian. We seek to deepen the understanding of the past choices, present circumstances and future possibilities; strengthening the bonds of the communities we serve; and facilitating solutions to our common problems.

We invite you to contact us and explore how we can work with you to sow the seeds for a lifetime of discovery in your students.


Free teacher membership
Admission, discounts & early registration, and special events!

The Ocean Institute is excited to offer a free individual membership to all teachers! 

The membership includes year-round admission to the Ocean Institute, discount on activities such as whale watching, early registration for special events, and 10% off at the Laurena G. Chambers Gallery Book and Gift store. 

Visit us this summer to be inspired by our STEM offerings, and get some ideas to take back to your classroom! 


Teacher Appreciation Day

Thank you to the teachers who joined us for our Teacher Appreciation Day on Saturday, April 23.

The teachers enjoyed lunch and learned about Ocean Institute’s exciting STEM-driven programs and how Ocean Institute is ready for NGSS!

Following lunch, the teachers moved cargo like a sailor, tested their team building by crossing a river with platagators, and analyzed water samples on our Maddie James Seaside Learning Center. These are all authentic-learning activities their students would complete during a field trip to the Ocean Institute.