Science Education

Educational Programs Available at SCMI

All of the programs available through SCMI can be developed to focus on individual class or instructor requirements. Our staff is capable of modifying any program to tailor it to your educational needs. In all programs, the pertinence of the topic at hand is related to the larger environment in order to emphasize the interdependence of the ecological system as a whole. Our demonstration cruises collect data for an ongoing study, so the students are introduced to field research through the testing of water samples, data collection, and species identification. The following programs are a very general list of what is available to educational institutions. For more information contact us at or Carrie Wolfe at

Marine Ecology Demonstration Cruise (College and University)

This demonstration cruise compares the offshore environment to the inshore marine environment within the harbor in order to better demonstrate the ecological differences between the two. This demonstration allows hands on experience, and leads into the topics of pollution, food webs, niches, diversity, and ecosystems.


The emphasis of this program is to demonstrate ocean sampling techniques and their application. Hands-on subsampling techniques provide demonstration of the physical, biological and chemical analyses of the environment and their application to the study of oceanography.

Environmental Monitoring Program

This program has developed a 5-12 grade level marine environmental education and water quality measurement program in the southern California bight. SCMI researchers and interns train students in water pollution monitoring methodology. The goal of this program is to educate young people about natural resources and to allow them to become directly involved in monitoring their environment.

Marine Tetrapods

This demonstration cruise encompasses an overview lecture on marine mammals, birds, pinnipeds, cetaceans and sea turtles. Emphasis is placed on the vulnerability of these species, the impact of pollution and man, and the importance of conservation and protection of the environment.

Catalina Island Marine Biology

The close proximity of this island allows the comparison between the mainland and island marine environment. The lecture encompasses the natural history of fishes and invertebrates common to Catalina island, and contrast to the species composition of the mainland. The Wrigley Marine Science Center is also available for education and research.

Lab and Educational Facilities

  • Oceangoing Research Vessel
  • Wet and Dry Laboratory
  • Flowing Seawater System
  • Classroom and Meeting Rooms
  • Microscopes and Video Microscopes
  • Machine Shop
  • Warehouse and Staging Area
  • Waterfront Berthing Space
  • State-of-the-Art Scientific Gear and Equipment

Courses are conducted in our own classroom, at the SCMI Terminal Island Facility, or as field trips and your educational facility.

For course schedule and cost information please contact Carrie Wolfe at or  (310) 519-3172 x 981