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youth program

Our youth program trains the next generation of young scientists ages 5-12 in ocean-themed, hands-on education. 

See below for more details.

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about the youth program

Our courses are offered as 6-week blocks, meeting once a week per age group, to explore a specific ocean theme. We'll spend two hours diving into hands-on, creative exploration to learn about coral reefs, food webs, island biogeography, ocean history and more! The classes will be held at Isla Mar's tropical classroom with some field trips to the ocean. Our scientists-in-training will engage with active scientists, learn from leaders in the field, and interact in a group setting. 

The courses are offered on a first come, first basis. Before each course, we will offer a sign-up form to collect registration information. On the closing date, we will then contact each parent to further the process. If you're waitlisted, then you'll be among the first to know about the next 6-week course to give you a chance to join in. 

current course

Topic: Fantastic Fish

The Fantastic Fish Course will focus on incredible animals that started their evolution on Earth over 400 million years ago. Our scientists-in-training will explore the fabulous creatures of the deep sea, be immersed in anatomy through hands-on fish dissections, and learn about the fascinating life cycles of fish living near Puerto Rico. From the largest whale shark to the smallest goby, over 30,000 fish species have been discovered worldwide to date! The students will take a virtual tour of a diverse collection of marine fish, learn about the harmful impacts of overfishing, and become fish themselves through a creative feeding behavior experiment. Come join for all of the fishy fun!


Dates & Times

Ages 10-12 | Mondays | Feb 5 to Mar 11, 2023
Ages 7-9 | Wednesdays  | Feb 7 to Mar 13, 2023

Time: 3:30-5:30pm
Both classes are bilingual
Registration opens Jan 24 - Jan 31


$180 for the 6-week session

A $90 deposit is due by Friday, February 2nd to reserve your child's space in class.

Remaining payment of $90 is due during the 4th week of class.
Financial assistance and sibling discounts are available!

Weekend Class

Our once-a-month weekend classes are geared toward our community's younger children, ages 5-7.  Each session will cover a new ocean topic and be focused on play, creativity, and hands-on learning.  We will explore the ocean zones, sea turtles, the ocean food web, fish and sharks, ocean invertebrates, marine mammals, and so much more! We ask that parents hang around to join in the fun with their kiddo.

Dates & Times

Ages 5-7 years  | 2nd Sunday, monthly

Time: 9-10am
Location: Balneario de Rincón

Cost: $10-$15 (pay what you can)

Classes will be bilingual. Max 10 students

Meet Leslie, our Director of Youth Education

Leslie is an avid ocean lover with a passion for marine education and conservation. 

She began teaching ocean classes to local students in Puerto Rico in 2016 and has more than 13 years of experience in marine education and outreach initiatives. 

She has specialized in providing unique opportunities for young girls to learn about oceanography, the women pioneers in science who paved the way and ways to actively join the movement to save our seas.

Images by Leslie Wade

Lesle Wade, Dir. of Youth Education
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