The mission of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies is to encourage responsible and creative decisions in society by providing an objective source of marine and environmental science and fostering an understanding of the natural world among people of all ages.

Our affiliated faculty conduct research in all aspects of the environment. Wrigley Institute scientists investigate biological adaptations to climate change, study interactions among humans and natural systems, and connect science to environmental policy. We also offer unique educational programming and work with foundations and the public to enhance environmental awareness.


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Saturdays at the Lab

May 28 – September 3, 2016 (excluding July 23rd)
Saturdays 10am-12pm

The WMSC holds an open house on Saturdays during the summer for visitors who want to see the inside of a working marine lab. This is a two-hour tour, open to the public. Visitors can check out a touch tank, research exhibits, a science lecture and a tour of a hyperbaric chamber (unless the chamber is being used for treatments).

USC Family Science Explorers

August 12-14, 2016

Join USC faculty, staff, and researchers at WMSC on Catalina Island. Snorkel in a Marine Life Refuge with marine scientists, hike the “off the beaten track” trails of Catalina, explore the Interior, and watch the sunrise and sunsets. Look for marine mammals while you kayak and some local critters while you hike! Relax, unwind and learn all at the same time!