Catalina Island Marine Institute

The Catalina Island Marine Institute provides an educational experience quite unlike most others for the lucky children who get to take part in the program. CIMI is run by Guided Discoveries, a nonprofit organization that puts together a variety of camps and educational itineraries for kids of all ages. Catalina Island Marine Institute summer camps get kids involved with hands-on learning in the field of marine biology. They will also have the opportunity of taking part in scientific labs, water testing, boat rides, dissections, and much more. For any parents who have children expressing an interest in marine biology, this would be an amazing gift to be able to impart to them.

The Catalina Island Marine Institute runs three-day, five-day, and weekend trips during the school year. These are on top of the Catalina Island Marine Institute summer camps. All of the CIMI trips and camps take place at one of three locations: Fox Landing, Cherry Cove, and Toyon Bay. Cherry Cove is located at the isthmus at Two Harbors, Fox Landing juts out into the sea on the eastern side of the island, while Toyon is the closest to Avalon, the only real town on the island and the center of most tourist activities. Whether you are interested in one of the school year or summer trips, you will choose between three and five days. Children are put into one of two camps: Junior Sea Camp and Sea Camp. Junior Sea Camp is for children ages 8 to 13 and Sea Camp is for kids between 12 and 17. Both groups remain under close supervision as they engage in fun and exciting labs and experiments. This is not your everyday class curriculum. Rather, students have the chance to witness dolphins and whales, go hiking, sailing, and kayaking, as well as take part in a range of suitable social activities and athletic competitions.

The older age group has a more rigid class schedule (if you can call it that) and the classes normally run between two and four hours. Again, social studies, math, and history can wait. At the Catalina Island Marine Institute, classes include music and art, rock climbing, scuba diving, and leadership development. Returning students will have the opportunity to take more classes as they complete courses and receive certifications.

There are a lot of things to do on Catalina Island, whether you are planning a day or weekend trip or a full vacation. You will not have to look far to find plenty of dining and shopping, and the beaches are chocked full of water sports and activities. Diving, snorkeling, boating, and hiking are just a few of the available activities on the island. Kids can enjoy either the three or five-day Catalina Island Marine Institute summer camps while their parents are on vacation. These camps provide a truly memorable and priceless experience for kids and young adolescents as they get to learn leadership skills and challenge themselves to take on learning in a group setting. Being in the water on rafts, snorkeling, hiking the hills, and getting hands-on with the sea life make CIMI a truly distinctive educational program.

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