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


Volunteer Open House

To learn more, individuals are invited to attend one of our upcoming Volunteer Open House events. 

Wednesday, February 3 from 3:30 pm-5:30 pm

Saturday, February 6 from 9:00 am-11:00 am

Saturday, April 2 from 9:00 am-11:00 am

For additional information, please email volunteers@ocean-institute.org.


Demos from the Navy and Marine Living History Association
Living History Reenactments

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Step back in time onboard the brig Pilgrim during the weekend of February 6th and 7th with the Navy and Marine Living History Association. 

All throughout the weekend these living history reenactors will take you back in time and allow you to participate in some of their activities.  They will conduct drills, cutlass demonstrations, boat drills, lectures, boarding tactics, weapons-firing demonstrations and much more.   

Pilgrim tours and photo meet and greets will also be available.


Whale Watching Cruise

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Join Ocean Institute scientists on a Whale Watching Cruise aboard the R/V Sea Explorer to view the whales and dolphins that make the coastal waters of Dana Point their home.

Year-round sightings include Fin whales, Minke whales, Bottlenose and Common dolphins. Other marine mammals can be seen during their annual migrations.


Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program
Sea Star Adventures

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Weekly through March 1, 2016

Tuesdays, 9am – 10:15am

You and your child can join us for this six-week adventure exploring shapes, colors, textures, and more with everyone’s favorite tidepool animal, the sea star! Each Tuesday session includes exploration, an animal encounter, and an activity. Suitable for ages 2 to 3 years.

Drop-in class: $30.00  (6 week series: $150.00 is not available after January 26)

Eventbrite - Tiny Tots: Sea Star Adventure Drop In Classes 


Facility Closed

The Ocean Institute will be closed due to a special event.


GIOS Teen Conference

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GIOS Middle School Teen Conference
February 20, 2016

GIOS High School Teen Conference
March 19, 2016

Cost: $49.95/person (Members receive a 10% discount)

Includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Members:  At check-out, enter your Member number as the coupon code for your discount!

Eventbrite - Girls in Ocean Science Teen Conference



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