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Education Through Exploration

Catalina Island is a beautiful natural laboratory. Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) is an outdoor science school, providing an exciting outdoor education experience for 4th through 12th grade students from public and private schools. Our program is offered at three locations on Catalina Island – operated by the nonprofit corporation, Guided Discoveries – including Toyon Bay, Fox Landing, and Cherry Cove. During our three- and five-day field trip programs, students and teachers enjoy a variety of experiential science labs and adventure activities in Marine Science and Island Ecology. CIMI is a STEM-based program and a Subsidiary of Guided Discoveries, Inc., a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit corporation.

  • Hands-On, Minds On
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Self-Esteem Building & Teamwork
  • Marine Biology & Island Ecology
  • Life Skills & Peer Relations
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Toyon Bay

Toyon Bay is an ideal site for an educational camp and outdoor adventure experience. Located two-and-a-half miles by water from the city of Avalon, it was originally built in 1929 as a private boarding school and briefly used as a training facility for the OSS.

Toyon Bay campus features state-of-the-art science labs, classrooms, aquariums, and recreational facilities for fascinating marine science, as well as adventure activities including snorkeling, ocean kayaking, hiking, climbing wall, and more!

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Cherry Cove

CIMI at Cherry Cove boasts open-air laboratories, classrooms, aquariums, and recreational facilities that foster a once-in-a-lifetime educational camp experience. Built in the 1920’s as a private camp facility, CIMI at Cherry Cove is just over a mile from from the town of Two Harbors.

At Cherry Cove, students learn about marine life in our experiential labs and field activities, as well as enjoy adventure experiences such as tide-pooling, hiking, snorkeling and ocean kayaking. End the trip with a group campfire and you’ve got one unforgettable experience!

Fox Landing

Fox Landing provides a unique blend of recreational facilities with state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, aquariums, and display areas. Students participate in marine science labs and field activities to explore marine life, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, high ropes, evening campfires, and more!

Found just five miles from the city of Avalon, CIMI at Fox Landing is an ideal site for outdoor education. Originally built in the 1920’s as a YMCA camp facility, Fox Landing boasts an ideal combination of attributes for the educational camp experience.

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Our school programs have limited available spots for fall and winter 2020.
Call us at 800-645-1423 for more information.
Catalina Island Marine Institute also offers a Summer Camp Program called
Catalina Sea Camp To Learn More... Click HERE
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Our Directors

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Dave Work

Catalina Island Marine Institute Site Director

Jeff chace
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Jeff Chace

Program Director, Toyon Bay

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Ben Kasowski

Food Service Director, Toyon Bay & Fox Landing

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Charlie Cogger

Maintenance Director, Toyon Bay

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Britt Swanwick

Program Director, Cherry Cove

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Food Service Director, Cherry Cove

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Heather Peterson

Program Director, Fox Landing

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Michael Highfield

Maintenance Director, Fox Landing

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