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Marine Science Floating Labs

For Grades 3 through College

The marine science program is a half-day field trip conducted in the San Diego Bay on a boat outfitted with oceanographic equipment specifically for student use. All marine science activities incorporate major components of the state science framework.

Marine science floating labs offer a unique learning experience. Students participate in teams as they manipulate oceanographic equipment, make observations, and gather data and specimens from the ocean waters and sea bottom of San Diego Bay. The curriculum includes hands-on study of marine science, observations in the marine environment and use of oceanographic scientific equipment.

The study cruise program enables students to learn about oceanography with actual observations and experiences on the bay. It provides an opportunity to study marine organisms in their offshore habitat, and increases the student's content knowledge of the marine environment.

Aligned with California Science Content Standards, these extended marine science activities are designed for students grades 3 through college. The curriculum can be modified to serve all grade levels upon request.

How much does it cost?

This program will serve a maximum 40 people (including students and teachers). The fee for this program is $400 to $650.

If you are a teacher, parent, or school administrator in San Diego or its outlying suburbs, you may contact the San Diego Country Office of Education/Outdoor Education office for reservations and information.

These trips are offered from November through May, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, 1:00 to 5:00 PM, or 5:30 to 9:30 PM.

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In downtown San Diego, visitors find an eminently walkable destination laid out on an easy-to-navigate grid of lettered and numbered streets. With more than 44 diverse hotel properties clustered downtown, there's a wide range of hotel choices. Downtown neighborhoods like Little Italy, the East Village and the waterfront Embarcadero offer ample opportunities for strolling, shopping and dining. The historic Gaslamp Quarter alone offers over 100 restaurants, 35 bars and nightclubs and dozens of charming boutiques to explore.

Downtown San Diego's art and cultural options include the USS Midway Museum, Maritime Museum of San Diego, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The New Children's Museum, Balboa Theater, San Diego Repertory Theater, San Diego Opera and San Diego Symphony. At the end of a long day, visitors catch one of downtown's people-powered pedi-cabs if they don't feel like walking.

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Cruise the Big Bay

When it's time to hit the beach, car-free travelers can hop aboard Flagship Cruise's San Diego Bay-Coronado Ferry at Broadway Pier for a quick 15-minute cruise across scenic San Diego Bay. Ferries leave on the half-hour and run between 9:00 AM and 9:30 PM. (10:30 PM. on Friday and Saturday).

Upon docking at the Coronado Ferry Landing, visitors have access to the enchanted isle of Coronado where they find small town charm along manicured Ocean Avenue, at the historic Hotel del Coronado and on Coronado Beach - consistently voted the Top Family Beach in North America by the Travel Channel.

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