Public Programs

The EOS Center is committed to engaging people in learning how the ocean and estuary affect our lives and the environment we live in today, how we can solve environmental problems now, and what may change in the future depending on what we choose to do today. We offer engaging public programs, professional development and volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, students, teachers, environmental professionals and the scientific community.

We are able to offer programs free or for a modest cost thanks to grants and the generosity of private foundations, corporations, businesses and individuals. Join our email list to receive notifications about upcoming events and programs at the EOS Center.

Please contact Erin Blackwood (415-338-3757) our Education & Outreach Coordinator for more information about EOS Center Outreach, or explore our programs here:

How do scientists go from OMG to PhD? How do they turn their passion for science into their profession? What advice do they have for future scientists? Ask the Scientist is our podcast with our seminar speaker and graduate student co-hosts.

The Barbara and Richard Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology and Environmental Science presents these free public programs each year.

  • The Rosenberg Institute Seminar Series - Our weekly science seminars bring together our academic community and the public to hear about emerging research from leading scholars and professionals in marine and environmental science. Come learn about the new discoveries, technologies and solutions that people are working on now to address environmental challenges and enhance our knowledge of the natural world. 
  • The Rosenberg Institute Public Forum - Twice a year we convene a public forum on a new and innovative topic in marine biology or environmental science. The forums feature presentations by thought leaders, graduate student led interviews, and an open session for questions and discussion with the audience. The program includes a reception with our guest speaker and light refreshments. The public forum series provides a unique opportunity for community members to engage with renowned experts and deepen their understanding of environmental issues and solutions. View videos of past Public Forums.
  • Discovery Day! - For over a quarter of a century, our Discovery Day has been a local community tradition enjoyed by people of all ages. Our faculty, students and staff invite you into the marine laboratory to do hands-on science activities, touch and see local marine life, learn about the ecology of SF Bay and our outer coast, and explore the technologies we use to study the ocean and the species that live there. Join us in exploring the science of the sea at our next Discovery Day!

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Bay Shore Studies is more than just a field trip to the shores of Richardson Bay. Teachers are provided with a comprehensive Teacher’s Guide explaining Bay ecology and conservation, defining concepts and providing strategies for fun and practical classroom activities specifically designed to introduce these concepts to students and prepare them for their two hour field trip.

Discovery Day is our annual open house when the public is invited to explore the EOS Center to learn about our research.

The EOS Center is pleased to partner with the International Ocean Film Festival to bring an engaging and interactive program of extraordinary films about the ocean and conversations with marine scientists to Marin County. Each screening includes a special question and answer session with a marine scientist.

What's on a marine scientist's nightstand? Come to book group to find out!

Marine Litersea book group is on hold due to Covid restrictions.

The SEA Explorers program is for youth ages 12-17. At the end of this course, you will be armed with the knowledge, tools and skills to take the next steps in your path to the future you, and earn a certificate of completion.


Wed, February 01, 03:30 pm
Bay Conference Center, RTC
Wed, November 30, 03:30 pm
BCC and Zoom
Wed, November 16, 03:30 pm
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Wed, November 09, 03:30 pm
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Wed, November 02, 03:30 pm
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Wed, October 26, 03:30 pm