Dear Teachers and Group Leaders,

We are excited that you are considering bringing your students to the Catalina Island Marine Institute. Our goal is to make your trip one that your students will remember for the rest of their lives. The website will give you a thorough overview of our programs and hopefully answer any questions you may have. If not, please feel free to contact us.

Being able to choose classes from our program that fit your school district’s current curriculum is one of our strengths. With a focus on Marine Science, Island Ecology, and Adventure, we strive to meet each school’s individual scholastic needs. Additionally, with the new national focus on teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in our schools, CIMI’s curriculum is more relevant than ever. It’s a program that we believe in, and one that has positively impacted more than 1 million students since 1978. Our teachers regularly offer the feedback that their outings at Catalina are the most standards-aligned field experiences they have ever engaged in.

Individual exploration and discovery are at the heart of CIMI’s educational philosophy. In addition to its academic value, another major benefit of attending CIMI is the Camp Experience. While camp is fun, exciting, and educational, it also teaches children practical life skills. By working in small teams to accomplish goals, they learn to get along with others in a group living situation and forge stronger friendships. The very nature of the experience encourages personal responsibility, initiative, and independence. Camp is an opportunity to develop character and teachers often laud the soft skills that their students develop while at camp.

We look forward to chatting with you about our unique program and hope that we get the opportunity to share our vibrant and engaging hands-on program with you and your students in the near future. We hope to see you on Catalina Island soon!

Where can parents send mail?

We operate 3 facilities on Catalina Island so please be sure choose the correct site…

cimi toyon bay
Catalina Island marine institute

Toyon Bay

P.O. Box 796
Avalon, CA 90704

cimi cherry cove
Catalina Island marine institute

Cherry Cove

P.O. Box 5015
Avalon, CA.

cimi fox cove
Catalina Island marine institute

Fox Landing

P.O. Box 1920
Avalon, CA 90704

You will need to mail your letter a week prior to your camper’s visit for them to actually receive it during their time on Catalina. Mail also runs on “island-time” — so plan ahead and add 1-2 days to normal mailing times. Care packages are discouraged.

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