The Ocean Institute has become nationally known for its hands-on marine science, environmental education and maritime history programs. More than 115,000 K-12 students and 6,000 teachers annually participate in the Institute’s 61 award-winning, immersion style programs.
To learn oceanography and science, students voyage onto the ocean to feel and taste the salty sea spray, sort through live specimens, sea creatures, and deep sea fish, observe migrating whales and collect scientific data. To learn maritime history and literature, students spend an entire night aboard the brig Pilgrim – each student hauling lines, hoisting sails, standing night watch and swabbing decks. Furthermore, students get further appreciation for ocean issues facing our world today. Discussions on sea pollution and how we can save the ocean is part of the ocean education.