Catalina Island Marine Institute

Locations: Toyon Bay, Fox Landing & Cherry Cove, Catalina Island
Snorkel beach group.

Learning Through Unique Opportunities for Discovery

Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) is a Guided Discoveries program that is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of children through unique opportunities for discovery. Students in grades 4-12 are able to snorkel over rocky reef, interact with live organisms in marine science labs, and tackle high ropes challenges in the ultimate field trip adventure.

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years of providing unique programming


students served since 1979

3-Day Field Trip

Grades 4-12

Spend three days immersed in science and adventure! Students will learn about marine science, island ecology, and themselves as they snorkel, hike, and explore our science labs.

Kids watching staff member holding fish.

5-Day Field Trip

Grades 4-12

Extend your stay to increase the learning (and the fun)! A five-day trip allows students to spend more time engaging with the environment and each other, making for a truly memorable experience.

Kayak group waving on water.


Year after year, teachers, parents and administrators return to CIMI with their students and children. Here’s why they say it’s worth it.

CIMI provides opportunities for kids to be out of their comfort zone, pushed past limits, and have opportunities to be unplugged from life while gaining love and knowledge of the ocean.

Teacher, Santa Ynez Valley Charter

The camp was 100% successful in challenging the kids and getting them outside of their comfort zone, hence acting as a catalyst for both personal growth and relationship development. Great experience.

Parent, Hope School

After nine trips, I still enjoy it and learn new things. This is the best trip we have each year!

Administrator, Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory

Check out our summer camp program!


Our Impact

In 2019, CIMI was able to serve:







Girls jumping into water.

Support Our Mission

Join us in making a difference. Your donation will help a child to succeed in science, gain self confidence, and foster their sense of wonder.