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Festival of Whales

Join us as we participate in the community-wide event celebrating the annual migration of Gray Whales!

See the migration in action on our Gray Whale Adventure Cruise aboard the R/V Sea Explorer. Experience the history of whaling and sailing aboard the Spirit of Dana Point and engage in activities throughout our facility!

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Girls in Ocean Science Teen Conferences
Middle School - 2/20/16; High School - 3/19/16

Only a few spots left, book now!

These exciting conferences are dedicated to inspiring young women to pursue degrees and careers in the sciences. Sixteen prominent female scientists from around the country will interact with the girls in a series of hands-on workshops aboard our research vessel, Sea Explorer, and in the Ocean Institute’s teaching labs.

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Ocean Institute Jazz Festival

The Ocean Institute’s popular Jazz Festival combines some of the jazz world’s most renowned artists with elegant epicurean dining, cocktails and wine reception, as well as live and silent auctions.

Since its beginning in 2003, this extraordinary event has raised over one million dollars to benefit Ocean Institute hands-on, ocean-oriented educational programs. Please support the Ocean Institute and join us at this year’s Red Hot Jazz Festival!

To purchase tickets, please click here:

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Enjoy fascinating scientists and guest speakers in our Samueli Conference Center.

We don’t have any lectures at this time.  Please check back for upcoming programs. 


Single-Day Programs

Coming this Summer! Please check back in the Spring for specific details, dates, times and fees.
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Toshiba Tall Ships Festival

Every year a fleet of historically significant sailing vessels comes to join our ships at Dana Point. They come not only to display their beauty and majesty but also to share with the public a maritime history that is inextricably part of California’s past, a heritage we work hard to preserve as we educate future generations about our oceans. It is in support of this effort that we assemble these great ships for all to experience.

Please check back in the spring of 2016 for specific details, dates, times and fees.
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The Sea Star Stroll

Join the fun and form a team or sign up individually to participate in the Ocean Institute’s Sea Star Stroll on Saturday, May 14th. The Sea Star Stroll is a fundraising walk along an exceptionally scenic coastal bluff in Dana Point that ends with an Open House Festival. All funds raised benefit the Ocean Institute’s hands-on marine science, maritime history, and environmental education programs. For more information and to register, visit

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Summer Camps
2016 camp information coming soon!

Brochures will be mailed in the next few weeks and information will be posted on our website by the end of February.

Registration opens:
March 1st for Members (be sure to renew early!)
March 15th for the General Public