On this epic California coastal adventure, unlock the mysteries beneath the Pacific’s shimmering surface. Dive into marine science as you paddle through the narrow sloughs of San Francisco Bay, immersing yourself in the thriving marshes that encircle this breathtaking waterway. Find rugged cliffs and sweeping vistas in Big Sur State Park, and catch the thrill of conquering the ocean’s waves on a surfboard. At night, share stories under the starry night sky with newfound friends. From the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, where education meets wonder, to the enchanting Channel Islands, where unparalleled biodiversity awaits discovery, this journey is a science enthusiast’s dream. Engage in conservation and science education programs down the California coast on an adventure that promises exploration, education, and a deep connection to the stunning landscape.
Pacific Marine Biology
July 19 - August 1, 2024
*Airfare purchased separately
- Participate in Conservation and Science Education Programs Up and Down the California Coast
- Venture to the Enchanting Channel Islands, and Learn About the Endangered Island Fox
- Paddle Your Way Through San Francisco Bay Salt Marshes and Channel Island Sea Caves
- Hike the Majestic Cliffs and Breathtaking Vistas of Big Sur State Park
- Learn About Marine Life at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Discover the Tidepool Mysteries Unveiled by the Receding Tide
- Learn to Surf on Iconic California Wave Breaks
- 10 Hours of Community Service
Marine Science & Conservation
From the San Francisco Bay, to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, to the Costal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay. Delve into the diverse world of marine biology with seasoned experts. Join hands with dedicated conservationists who share a passion for preserving these natural wonders.
Set out on a thrilling adventure as you hike, surf, canoe, and kayak your way through the breathtaking landscapes and seascapes of California!
Camp out in some of the most picturesque campgrounds on the Pacific Coast. Learn how to pitch a tent, cook on camp stoves, and practice the Leave No Trace principles while exploring wilderness ethics.
Summer weather in California can vary greatly. Expect warm weather throughout the itinerary (80 to 90s). The coastal areas can be milder and in the mountains, the days are generally warm, but the evenings can sometimes be chilly. All throughout the state, you may encounter fog (San Francisco), and chilly nights (Big Sur) Daytime temperatures can be as warm as 100°F and nights as cool as 40°F.
The projects range from more educational, learning about data collection and marine science to hands-on conservation projects. Students may be collecting water samples one day, and picking up some hand tools to clear invasive species the next. They are engaging, and all mixed with picturesque views and lots of fun.
You will sleep in tents, in State Parks, and in beautiful private campsites. All campgrounds are “front-country,” meaning you will be close to the group van at every site. All campgrounds have restroom facilities and running water for cooking, washing hands, etc. Many campgrounds have showers on-site as well. You will sleep in groups of 3-4 in tents supplied by ARCC. Please make sure you check the California Coast Clothing & Equipment List and remember to bring your own sleeping bag and pad.
Each group will travel together, with their two leaders, in a 15-passenger van. If you would like to bring music for these rides, feel free to bring a music player or CDs. If you bring an iPod or MP3 player, make sure to bring a radio adapter, as most of our vans do not have an MP3 jack.
The group will work together to create each menu and prepare the meals throughout the duration of this trip, with occasional meals out during travel days.
Vegetarians and medical dietary requirements (i.e. allergies) are catered for. It does help if we are informed of this prior to the departure date.
We suggest bringing spending money of roughly $75/week. Most cash should come home, but you will want some personal money to pay for airline baggage fees at the airport, souvenirs/gifts, laundry, extra snacks, and emergencies (lost items, clinic visits, etc.). A small amount of cash and ATM cards usually work best.
If you are traveling to California from somewhere in the United States and are under the age of 18, airlines do not require photo identification. It is a good idea to travel with a picture I.D. if possible, but it is not necessary to bring a passport. A school identification card with your photo on it is best, but a library card or credit card with your name on it is also helpful. If you are traveling to California from somewhere outside of the United States, you will need to bring your valid passport.
Although you will not be doing traditional backpacking on this trip, it is important that you bring a backpack as your main piece of luggage. Throughout the trip, the group will be navigating through airports, on and off buses, up and down stairways, and taking short walks on unpaved paths to their campsites. The group will be able to move much more efficiently if everyone is carrying their belongings on their back.
Have questions? Speak to one of our Program Directors, give them a call at (415) 332.5075 , they love talking about their trips!