Join the Marine Science Institute for a 2-hour exploration of the San Francisco Bay aboard the 90-foot research vessel, the R.V. Robert G. Brownlee and discover the life in the estuary and how we are connected to it. Working as a team, participants deploy a 16-foot trawl net to bring fishes on board, set a Peterson Mud Grab to collect a sample of sediment from the bottom of the bay (the benthos) to examine closely to discover live invertebrates, and lastly observe and discuss live plant and animal plankton using a microscope and digital display. Must be at least 5 years old to board; all children must be accompanied and supervised by a registered adult; close-toed shoes required. All attendees must pre-register. Any unregistered attendees will not be allowed to participate. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian; thus, parents or guardians must pre-register themselves and each additional person (second parent, siblings, any extra persons). Health and safety protocols require all participants to wear mask and practice social distancing. Our facilities have been prepared with your family and our staff’s safety in mind. Participants are subject to health and safety screenings upon arrival, including a health questionnaire, temperature check, and mandatory handwashing. MSI Event Cancellation and Refund Policy: No refunds for cancellations made within two weeks of the program start date. MSI will fully refund fees if the session is cancelled*. Please note our events still take place rain or shine including our Discovery Voyages unless deemed a safety issue by the ship's Captain. *Program cancellations due to federal, state, or county COVID-19 mandates will result in credit transfer to a future program.