Program Details

Marine Science


Explore the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and discover the beauty of the region, commonly referred to as the “Galapagos of the North”. Students will learn about this biodiversity hotspot and practice the skills and methods used by real scientists to understand it! Get up close and personal with the diverse marine life of the channels by studying the tiniest of microscopic plankton to the massive humpback whale. Hike the islands to see endemic foxes, birds and plants, found nowhere else. Get hands-on experience with the wild and beautiful world of marine invertebrates. Combining marine biology, oceanography, zoology, and island ecology with fun activities like snorkeling and kayaking makes this a truly unforgettable adventure. Jump in today!

Program Date
Jul 9th - Jul 13th 2020 5 Days
Jun 29th - Jul 3rd 2020 5 Days
Jun 22nd - Jun 26th 2020 5 Days
Apr 25th - Sep 29th 2019 210 Days
Marine Program (Student) $1595
Marine Program (UCSB Drop-Off/Pick-Up) (Student) $1495
Advanced Marine Program (Student) $1885
Advanced Marine Program (UCSB Drop-off/Pick-Up) (Student) $1785

Itinerary (Sample Itinerary)

  • Depart for Santa Barbara
  • Lunch in route
  • Dinner at UCSB
  • Overnight at UCSB Dorms
  • Breakfast on campus
  • UCSB Tour + overview lecture with UCSB Faculty at Marine Auditorium
  • Lunch on campus
  • Visit the Marine Science Institute + Touch pools
  • Depart for Santa Barbara Marina
  • Board and spend the night on the Truth Aquatics Live-Aboard Vessel
  • Arrive at Channel Islands
  • Breakfast on board
  • Morning competency test for swimming and kayaking. Split into smaller groups for daily activities
  • Kayaking, Hiking, and Snorkeling
  • Lunch + Collection Dive
  • Research: fish ID survey, invertebrate sketch, plankton tow + biomass, near and offshore data, water quality, etc.
  • Dinner and bedtime
  • Breakfast on board
  • Kayaking, Hiking, and Snorkeling
  • Lunch on board
  • Build on research projects from previous day
  • Dinner and bedtime
  • Breakfast on board
  • Travel back to Santa Barbara Marina
  • Possible whale watching + dolphin sightings
  • Lunch
  • Trip home
  • Evening arrival

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