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A Wave of Jazz 2017

Purchase Tickets Today!

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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Open House
Meet & Greet with Ocean Institute's new President & CEO

Join us in welcoming our new President & CEO Dan Pingaro! Enjoy coffee and conversation on Saturday, April 29 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Ocean Institute. 

Admission to the Ocean Institute is FREE for this special event. 

Learn more about Dan here. 

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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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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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Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program
Mighty Mariners

Scott Schmitt

Tuesdays, April 4 - May 9 | 9:00am – 10:15am

Join us for this six-week, maritime themed series of exploration and play. Stretch your child’s imagination through creative play that supports language development, social interaction, and problem solving.

Suitable for children ages 2 to 3 years; must be accompanied by an adult. 

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Mother’s Day Whale Watching Cruise

This Mother’s Day, give your mom an experience she won’t soon forget!

Join the Captain and crew of the R/V Sea Explorer as you cruise alongside local wildlife. Sea lions and marine birds are a sure thing. You are also likely to encounter dolphin that are coastal residents and maybe even a whale. Cookies, pastries, coffee, and tea are provided.

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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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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