Call of the Sea provides field experiences in a distinct, phenomena-rich setting.  While our programs are suspended during the Covid 19 pandemic, please visit these sites for online Marine Biology and Ocean Literacy learning resources.

NOAA Estuary Curriculum

NOAA Educational Resources

Monterey Bay Aquarium Science at Home

USC Sea Grant resources for learning at home

PBS Secrets of the Ocean Realm Educational Pages and Quizzes

Lessons on the Science of Navigation

Watch a 50-second video for a glimpse of on-the-water field experiences.


Elementary, middle, and high school students have 3-hour field experiences in the phenomena-rich setting of SF Bay


Students ages 12-18 learn marine science and sailing in 5-day summer voyages along the California coast


Co-create and provide customized educational programs for nonprofits, schools, and youth groups

Scholarship supported 3hr Sails for Title I Schools

Title I schools can have an on-the-water school field trip partially funded by our scholarship drive. Check the scholarship box when you complete the registration form for Bay Explorations.

Teachers Sail

Call of the Sea is committed to empowering teachers with ocean environmental literacy.

If you’re the lead teacher on a field trip that’s already been scheduled, you can sail on a Community Sail for free. It’s a perfect opportunity to experience a sail on our vessel, meet our Head Educator, and learn more about what to expect. Please email to be added to the captain’s manifest.

We’re committed to district-wide impact across the Bay Area. We invite you to organize an Educator Sail for your school district.  Email to check for dates.

At Call of the Sea, students connect with their coast. The importance of ocean environmental literacy, ecology, maritime history, and teamwork are discovered through experiential learning aboard the classic schooner Seaward.

Our crew of professional educators and mariners create space for students to observe, inquire, and discover their waterfront in an unforgettable experience.

We strive to make these programs available to students of all backgrounds, and provide scholarships to families and schools with financial need. Scholarships would not be possible without the generous support of our donors and sponsors.

Learning Objectives

  • Engage with exciting natural phenomena like seals, birds, and maybe even whales.
  • Explore our local estuary make connections between the water cycle and the natural systems of San Francisco Bay, the coast, and the ocean.
  • Explain observations and ask questions at the intersection of human and natural systems through hands-on inquiry.

After Your Sail

  • Make claims based on evidence from on-the-water experiences about what actions to take as environmental stewards.
  • Be inspired to extend these claims into actions.