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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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Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program
Tuesdays, January 17-February 21, 2017

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 January 17 )

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Tidepool Hikes
Explore the world between tides!

Join the Ocean Institute for a tidepool hike led by one of our expert naturalists.The hike will take us into the rocky Marine Conservation Area located directly behind the Ocean Institute. Families can explore the area and search for snails, crabs, sea stars, and other animals that make the tidepools their home.  The winter months are the best time to explore these magical marine ecosystems!

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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 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.

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Whale’s Tale Sailing Adventure
Aboard the Spirit of Dana Point

From “Devil Fish” to “Friendliest Whale,” explore how time and discovery have shaped man’s perception of the magnificent Gray Whale. Join us for an exciting tallship sailing adventure as you gain new insights into man’s evolving relationship with the ocean and the giants that roam our California Coast as we sail in search of the Gray Whale. 

Sail Prices

$60/Adult (18-54)
$50/Senior (55 & up) and Active Duty Military (ID required)
$40/Child (17 and under; minimum age 4)

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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