The Institute's mission is to cultivate a responsibility for the natural environment and our human communities through interdisciplinary science education. We achieve this goal through innovative marine science education programs that:
Place students of all ages in direct contact with
the natural environment;
Emphasize the interdependence of all living things, their connection to the physical environment, and the special responsibilities of humans to the environment;
Facilitate active learning through the use of observation,
critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in a cooperative setting,
Instill confidence, encourage involvement, and inspire accomplishment by providing positive role models.