To stir curiosity by connecting art and science in the spirit of John Steinbeck, Ed Ricketts, and their journey on the Western Flyer.

About Steinbeck & Ricketts

In 1940, two best friends, Ed Ricketts and John Steinbeck. set off for a journey to the Sea of Cortez on the Western Flyer.

Launch the Boat!

The Western Flyer is currently being restored in Port Townsend, Washington. Help us launch the boat!


Check out our Gallery to view student artwork from the Western Flyer Foundation’s Science Illustration Mentorship program and more!


This summer, join our Intertidal Zone Bioblitz! In the spirit of John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts’ journey to the Sea of Cortez, we invite you to explore your local coastline to find and identify as many animals as you can using iNaturalist.