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A Wave of Jazz 2017

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The Ocean Institute turns 40 this year so we hope you will help us celebrate with two nights of exciting musical entertainment from Michael Paulo, Ray Parker, Jr. and more!

FRIDAY MARCH 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Join us for a delightful evening of the finest local restaurants, fantastic jazz, delicious food and wine, craft beer, and auction!

Events

Fundraising events are held year round to help support a number of causes. Come and join the fun!

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Whale Watching Cruise

Join Ocean Institute scientists on a Whale Watching Cruise aboard the R/V Sea Explorer to view the wildlife that make the coastal waters of Dana Point their home. Includes hands-on activities for kids. Each ticket also admits one to our Ocean Education Center, which includes aquariums and more activities for the kids! *Good for the same day as the cruise*

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Bioluminescence Night Cruise

There’s a luminous underwater world just waiting to shine! Learn about the remarkable ability of some marine animals to glow in the dark and witness this curiously beautiful phenomenon.*

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Adventure Sail
Pirates, Patriots, and Privateers

Set sail aboard the schooner Spirit of Dana Point and experience California from the perspective of an early tallship explorer.  Join the crew to help raise sail, handle lines, and steer the ship, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the majesty of sailing the seas aboard a tallship.

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Guest Lecture Series: Sharks
Dr. Chris Lowe, CSU Long Beach Shark Lab

Dr. Chris Lowe, Courtesy OC Register

Join the Ocean Institute in welcoming guest lecturer Dr. Chris Lowe from CSU Long Beach’s Shark Lab! 

Eventbrite - Special Lecture Event: Dr. Chris Lowe of CSULB Shark Lab

$10.00 per person* 
*Members receive 10% off when you enter your member ID number at checkout. 

With shark sightings along our local coastline increasing, Dr. Lowe will speak on sharks, their behavior, and the research done at the Shark Lab.

Light refreshments will be available.

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Finding Dory Party
Family Film Screening

Join us, Friday, June 16 at 5:00 pm for a screening of Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory!

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Father’s Day Adventure at Sea
Treat Dad to a day at Sea

Sign aboard for an exciting voyage on a real tallship! First, you and dad will enjoy breakfast burritos, fresh fruit, and a beer (for dad) and juice on our Historic Maritime Wharf. Once we set sail on the Spirit of Dana Point, you and dad can join the crew in handling lines and raising sails. You may help steer the ship, or just sit back and enjoy being out on the open ocean. This thrilling sail will create memories you’ll never forget!

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Making Waves

Ocean Institute programs have succeeded brilliantly in the most important mission: reaching and actively engaging the imagination of American youth.
- Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education