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San Diego Floating Lab

The San Diego Floating Lab was formed in 1981 by a very determined lady that had seen a similar field trip in Los Angeles. She wanted to provide this experience in San Diego so she went to the San Diego County Office of Education and pitched her idea to the superintendent. San Diego had no interest or resources to offer this experience and wouldn't for many years down the road. But that didn't stop that determined lady, she went to the Los Angeles County Office of Education and asked if they would book trips for her in San Diego since they were already doing the same in LA. They agreed and San Diego Marine Science Floating Classroom was born.
That determined lady that wouldn't take no for an answer is my mother Sandy Grivetto. I have since picked up her torch and ran with it, keeping her dream alive.
Since 1981 we have taken hundreds of thousands of students from all over the US and Mexico out on the water to teach them about the inhabitants of San Diego Bay and the surrounding waters. In it's 39 year history in San Diego this field trip has not changed much, we have not advanced to digital technology to teach the students as we feel they experience enough screen and tech time without seeing it here also. We keep it simple with plain old fashioned hands on education and manual measuring tools.
With the mandated 'Stay at home' order that went into effect in March, the Floating Lab has been shuttered. Unfortunately, the San Diego County Office of Education will not be sponsoring any type of field trips for 2021, but that doesn't mean we won't be available for trips, it just means that when you would usually call the SDCOE to reserve your trip...you will now have to call the Floating Lab directly, but not yet, I am still working out a reservation system that will be time and cost effective for me.
In the meantime, please know that we are not closed, just on pause for now. I will be sending out notices when I am ready to take reservations for your trip. The earliest trips will resume is January, and we will probably be at a slightly reduced capacity per boat.
We cannot wait to see you again!~~Dina Grivetto
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Best field trip I ever took with my daughter's class back in 2015. If you have never gone on a trip...you have to do this! Amazing what lives in our Bay. Awesome discoveries made that day!

This was the best field trip we’ve ever had! My daughter got to do it in 3rd grade, and I hope her little brother gets to do it this year too! ❤️

We try to go at least once a year.... if you guys set up a weekly classroom program for x amount of weeks, and charged a flat fee per student... I’m sure you guys would find a lot of support from charters and homeschoolers....

Sorry to hear about your having to be on pause for the moment. What a wonderful experience for all people, but especially for children. Looking forward to hearing you getting back up and running soon.

One of the best field trips the kids can have... Great hands-on experience. 🐬 🐙 <3

my oldest got to go 2 or 3 yrs ago and he loved it!

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Good afternoon! Hope you all are staying safe and sane. I wanted to update you on the status of Floating Lab. We are currently abiding by the San Diego and state guidelines and have ceased operations until it is deemed safe to resume.
Many of you may have tried to call the San Diego County Office of Education regarding rescheduling your upcoming Floating Lab field trip. Please know that the SDCOE is closed and all voicemails will not be returned until the office is re-opened. The scheduler has access to her emails and I would recommend reaching out via an email message if you need a quick-ish response. rachel.gustafson@sdcoe.net
We will update as information rolls in, but for now all trips are on pause.
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Good afternoon!  Hope you all are staying safe and sane.  I wanted to update you on the status of Floating Lab.  We are currently abiding by the San Diego and state guidelines and have ceased operations until it is deemed safe to resume.  
Many of you may have tried to call the San Diego County Office of Education regarding rescheduling your upcoming Floating Lab field trip.  Please know that the SDCOE is closed and all voicemails will not be returned until the office is re-opened.  The scheduler has access to her emails and I would recommend reaching out via an email message if you need a quick-ish response.  rachel.gustafson@sdcoe.net
We will update as information rolls in, but for now all trips are on pause.

Due to public health guidelines, all Floating Lab trips are suspended until April 1 or until San Diego County advises public gatherings may reconvene. ...

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