Sailing to Save the Sea -5th Grade

Based on the success of our one-day sailing and STEM program, Set Sail Learn, as demonstrated by very high demand for the program as well as through evaluations and testimonials, TISC has developed a more in-depth program, Sailing to Save the Sea (SSS). Through in-depth and hands-on exploration of San Francisco Bay watershed pollution issues, SSS aims to improve students’ understanding of their local watershed and risks that affect it, while also encouraging stewardship actions, fostering environmental awareness, and cultivating an interest in sailing.

SSS is a five-day program whereby days one, two, and three are spent onsite at TISC’s Treasure Island facility.  Days four and five are situated within students’ school classrooms. Onsite visits will be facilitated by a TISC educator and will be split between on-shore learning and on the water.  All activities on the water are supervised and handled by TISC’s sailing instructors.

Spring 2019

Fall 2019

Professional Development

With support from NOAA, 11th Hour Racing,  St. Francis Sailing Foundation, Whale Tail License Palte-Protect Our Coast and Oceans Fund,  we are able to promote a proven learning model and offer professional development to our participating 5th grade teachers at no cost.

Upcoming Workshops: Click on Link to Register

January 11th US Sailing REACH Educator Course
February 1st  Project Wet Workshop
March 14th    Ocean Literacy Workshop & Sail

Description: Join us for a two-day experience exploring how land-based events and climate change are impacting the San Francisco Bay watershed from Sierra Crest to San Francisco Bay. In this workshop, we will  weave together NGSS and language learning priorities (CC) via proven strategies. Building on existing resources (Amplify) we will focus on time saving instructional strategies that support students as they move beyond academics to community-based action (advocacy).

Participants will have planning time on the second day to ensure that workshop tools can be immediately implemented in service of student learning. Participants will also receive:

  • Award winning resources from Project WET, TISC, and California Coastal Commission
  • Field experience at TISC’s marvelous waterfront facility and tools for leading your own high quality outdoor learning experiences. Prepare to get dirty as we get outside for NGSS learning.
  • Tools for Implementing Key Science & Engineering Practices (SEPs): Constructing Evidence-Based Explanations, Argumentation & Conceptual Modeling.

Light Breakfast and Lunch will be provided and activities will be indoor and outdoors! Location: All workshops are located at Treasure Island Sailing Center


LESSON ONE: Welcome to your Watershed

Students will use maps to charactierize what a watershed is and how it is connected from its headwaters to San Francisco Bay. Students will kinesthetically represent…



Mon – Fri from 9:00am – 1:00pm or 10:00am – 2:00pm

Treasure Island Location:  698 California Ave., Building 112  San Francisco, CA 94130


TISC will arrange for a chartered bus to and from our location on Treasure Island for all SFUSD schools.