Marine Science Programs
Educational Programs aboard the American Pride a member
of the American Sail Training Association.
through April we enjoy a spectacular marine event-the annual migration of the Gray Whales. We keep a
sharplook-out for other marine animals, while we explore marine ecology and
ecosystem awareness. Included is a fish/squid dissection, a touch tank, helm control, knot tying and helping
raise the sails.
Minimum 55 to Maximum of 100 persons.
Bring your students an ocean of adventure aboard
the tall ship American Pride. This program offers students first-hand access to nature's classroom. The
activities your students will participate in focus on the primary habitats of the coastal and marine environment,
highlighting their unique biological and geological characteristics and the importance of human relationships with
As we set sail from Long Beach, students will raise sails, take a ships tour to
acquaint them to their new home and begin their scientific explorations. Students will explore the waters of
Catalina by kayak and snorkel in search of the many animals that call its waters home. We will be looking for
fish, marine mammals and invertebrates and discussing their many adaptations. The last expedition of
your trip will occur around Two Harbors. A nature hike across the isthmus brings with it many of Catalina’s native plants and animals, as well as a chance to get
knee deep in nature at the mud flats. Students will have close encounters of the “wet and rocky” kind at the
tidepools with the array of algae and animals that call this habitat home. After visiting our fishy friends,
students will observe a fish dissection to learn about its physical adaptations and compare its anatomy to the
The American Pride is equipped with a variety of tools to further your
student’s scientific exploration of Catalina and its critters. Tools we will be using include: a microscope,
on-board aquarium and touch tank, bottom sampling equipment, collection nets, water quality testing equipment
and remotely operated vehicles outfitted with underwater cameras .
Prior to sailing, teachers are given a manual to prepare their students for their
experience aboard the American Pride and are encouraged to work with the ship's staff to create an
experience for their students that connect with class work. Through these efforts, teachers and students alike
bridge the gap between the classroom and the dynamic marine and terrestrial world on and around Catalina
You and your class can enjoy A
3, 4 or 5 fun-filled days aboard, getting your hands wet! Each additional day is another opportunity for hands-on
science, kayaking, and snorkeling at a different cove!
All activities align with
California and National Science Standards.
3-Day Program $295/pp
4-Day Program $395/pp
5-Day Program $495/pp
Book your passage by calling the Children's Maritime
Institute at (714) 970-8800. Dates fill quickly, so book
Please be aware of our class minimums and
maximums and suggested grade levels. You will be responsible for the minimum number
of students. One teacher per class is complementary per program.
Some scholarships are available to eligible students.
Please call for more details.