Cherry Cove waterfront palm trees.

CIMI at Cherry Cove

Cherry Cove map.

Welcome to Cherry Cove

Nestled in a narrow, protected cove just a mile's walk from the small town of Two Harbors, Cherry Cove is the perfect place for exploring the ocean. This rustic facility sits in a private cove facing the mainland of California. Although only 26 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, it will feel like a whole other world!

Cherry Cove Activities

Daytime Activities

Each school chooses their own CIMI adventure by selecting the daytime activities that best meet their students' needs.

  • Fish Lab
  • Shark Lab
  • Algae Lab
  • Invertebrate Lab
  • Plankton Lab
  • Tidepooling
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Day Trip (5-day trips only)
  • Terrestrial Hike

Evening Activities

Keep the adventure going when the sun goes down! Our evening activities allow schools to make the most of being in such an amazing environment.

  • Squid Dissection
  • Marine Mammals
  • Deep Sea
  • Discovering Sharks
  • Astronomy
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Night Snorkel
  • Campfire

Our Facility

Marine science learning and ocean adventure uses up a lot of energy! We want our guests to be able to be well rested and well fed while they are with us.

Camp Housing

Elevated tent site platforms and bath houses provide guests with spaces to clean up, share favorite experiences with tent mates, and get some shuteye in preparation for the next action-packed day.

Cherry Cove waterfront palm trees.
Waterfront beach view of land.
Waterfront facility.

Camp Dining

Food fuels the experience! Our experienced chefs work hard every day to provide an outstanding and delicious camp dining experience by serving three nutritious, tasty meals daily to guests in our dining hall.

Boy smiling while eating.
Buffet with apples.
Kids at buffet.
Kids sitting thumbs up.
Such a wonderful opportunity to travel to an island, camp in tents under the stars next to the ocean, and have a great staff who was really enthusiastic about teaching marine science to kids.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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Do you provide bedding?

No, we do not provide bedding. Students should bring their own sleeping bag and pillow.

What is housing like?

Canvas tents are arranged on elevated wooden platforms. Each tent has two cots with mattresses. A centrally located bath house has multiple sinks, toilets, and showers.

Do you serve vegetarian alternatives?

We provide a vegetarian option at every meal. We also have a salad bar at both lunch and dinner. Dietary information is gathered upon the students’ arrival so that our kitchen staff can prepare appropriate options at meals.

How do you deal with a severe food allergy?

We deal with food allergies every day. Our kitchen staff have all gone through ServSafe training and take great care to safely accommodate all food allergies. If you have specific concerns, the best course of action is to communicate your school’s lead teacher prior to your trip. The earlier we know about severe food allergies, the better we can serve an individual’s specific needs.

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