Sea Grant’s Island Explorers Program exposes students to marine science and other disciplines through classroom use of curriculum materials. The student-centered science curriculum is characterized by hands-on marine science and uniquely focuses on Southern California coastal environments. It is multidisciplinary and multifaceted, introducing students not only to marine biology, but also to geography and geology, physics, chemistry, and ecology. To support teachers and homeschool education in the use of these curricula, USC Sea Grant provides teachers with lesson plans and in-person and online workshops with scientific experts.      

Island Explorer Lessons

Below are links to the Island Explorers Curriculum. They are downloadable by individual unit or by the entire curriculum here.

Note: Lessons were developed in 2008; are currently being updated to reflect NGSS