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.


The Western Flyer is currently being restored in Port Townsend, Washington. 

For Teachers

The Western Flyer Foundation offers free curriculum materials that blend humanities and science learning. All materials are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and/or the Common Core State Standards.


In April 2021, join the Western Flyer Foundation and our partners for the second annual Monterey County History Slam!