Marine Science Institute:
Environmental Science Camps for Youth!

Marine Science Institute is a subsidiary program of Mountain and Sea Educational Adventures which is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. MSI is located at camp Whites Landing on Santa Catalina Island. With over 20 years of experience specializing in imparting a deep personal appreciation for marine biology and environmental science, we are proud to offer life changing outdoor educational programs to the youth of California and all of the Southwestern United States.

We Have Been Inspiring World Changers Since 1997!

Our Marine Science Programs:

Bringing your students to one of our premier locations gives them the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the exciting world of natural science. Click on one of our exciting programs below to learn more…

  1. Marine Science Island Camp
  2. Marine Science Ship Camp
  3. Class Field Trips
  4. Group Retreats

A Passion for Building Character in Youth!

MSA is passionate about building character in youth, each camper who attends our life-changing programs has the unique opportunity to develop aspects of themselves they may never even have known about before!

Our hands-on field biology activities reinforce what students have been learning in class during the school year. Campers learn to keep a field journal, and to conduct actual field science during their camp program activities. This kind of one-on-one encounter with the natural world imparts a deep love and appreciation for the environment, through personal experience – something that cannot be replicated inside the classroom!

Program Overview

Activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, trawling for plankton and hiking the various trails of the island, give students the opportunity to take what they have learned in the brief lecture before hand and use the scientific method to conduct their own actual field research assignments. In this way, your students learn to see ‘thinking like a scientist’ as a way to enrich their experience of interacting with the natural world that surrounds them.

Your students quickly discover that field science as taught by MSA is an opportunity to allow their senses to blossom; as they use their own eyes, ears and other faculties as instruments in their scientific observations and investigations. MSA camp counselors encourage each student to write a conclusion after each session, as well as develop hypotheses about the patterns they have observed during their time in the field.



Teacher: Ms. Eudave
(Pasadena Rosebud)

“The activities are both educational and fun. The instructors were wonderful.”


Teacher: Mr. Knoles
(Providence School)

“(MSI) is providing an exceptional experience for kids.  The hands on experiential education is super meaningful and well done.  The inspirational integration is such an awesome aspect of the camp.  Your staff are rock stars and they work well with the kids.  We are super grateful for your staff and for the heart of what you do.”


Teacher: Mr. Davis
(Orangevale Adventist)

“The staff was great to work with.  They were passionate and knowledgeable.  The director was fantastic and great to work with. THANK YOU MSI!”

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