Immerse Yourself in Sustainability

The Wrigley Institute Maymester on Catalina Island is an experience like no other!

Earn a semester’s credit in just four weeks as you train to become a next-generation environmental leader. All courses and activities take place in our unique, interdisciplinary learning environment at the Wrigley Marine Science Center on pristine Santa Catalina Island.

Note: Registration for Maymester 2022 is currently closed. Check back with us in the fall to register for Maymester 2023.

Three students wearing casual clothing crouch on the beach as they take soil samples.

How it Works

All students who enroll in one of our designated Maymester courses spend the full four weeks completing an immersive living-learning experience on Catalina Island. In addition to participating in their core classes, students engage in a variety of interdisciplinary activities designed for the whole group. Covering the social and natural sciences and the humanities, opportunities include problem-solving sessions, field research, recreation, and special events designed to train students in environmental leadership.

Note: Maymester is included in spring semester tuition, but this experience has out-of-pocket costs associated with room and board on Catalina Island. Significant financial aid is available. The Wrigley Institute values diversity and believes that financial need should never be a barrier to a world-class education.

For more information about Maymester, watch the video below or contact John Heidelberg (

Photo Album: Maymester 2022