Catalina Island Marine Institute Outdoor Science School

Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) at Fox Landing is a unique outdoor science school (501(c)(3) nonprofit), providing an exciting outdoor educational experience for 4th through 12th grade students from public and private schools. It is one of three outdoor science schools on Catalina Island operated by the nonprofit corporation, Guided Discoveries.

Our focus on hands-on experiential science, utilizing state of the art labs and equipment, increases science literacy and environmental stewardship. CIMI’s expert instructors guide students through island terrestrial biology, marine biology labs and field activities designed to stimulate minds, build character, develop social skills, and most importantly, create excitement about science.

During our three and five day programs, students and teachers participate in a variety of hands-on labs and field activities. The Fox Landing campus has many great program areas that are well maintained by our resident staff.

Labs and Field Activities

  • Snorkeling
  • Fish
  • Sharks, Rays & Skates
  • Invertebrates
  • Marine Mammals
  • Plankton
  • Algae (Seaweed)
  • Kayaking
  • Island Ecology Hike
  • Astronomy Hike
  • Evening Campfire
  • Night Snorkel

The Fox Landing Campus

The campus features comfortable cabins situated in 3 distinct areas and a large indoor dining hall with inside and outside seating. Additionally the site contains state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, aquariums, display areas and recreational facilities that are well integrated with the natural beauty of Catalina Island’s land and sea environments.

  • Private Cove and Pier
  • Cabins
  • Dining Hall
  • Science Labs
  • Touch Tanks & Aquariums
  • Amphitheater
  • Snorkeling Gear
  • Kayaks
  • Recreational Field, Gaga Pit, Volleyball & Basketball Courts
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