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


Pre-Mother’s Day Brunch Sail

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Treat your mom to a fun and scrumptious morning brunch while sailing aboard the traditional wooden schooner Spirit of Dana Point. Join the ship’s crew in raising the sails and steering the vessel or simply sit back and relax as you experience the beautiful scenery of the southern California coast.


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.


Bioluminescence Night Cruise

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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.


Mother’s Day Whale Watching Cruise

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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.


Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program
Tuesdays, May 3 - June 7, 2016

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Sea Star Adventures

You and your child are invited to 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.

Time: 9:00am – 10:15am

Drop-in class: $30.00  (6 week series: $150.00 is not available after May 3)


Kayak Harbor Tour
May 22, 2016

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Join us for our first public kayak program!

This program includes: 
- 2 hour interactive tour around the Dana Point Harbor
- A history of the harbor and its unique ecosystem
- Admission to the Ocean Institute
- Ocean Institute baseball cap and bag

All experience levels are welcome. Must be at least 12 years old to participate. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Date & Time:

May 22, 2016; 9:00am – 12:00pm



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