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The Ocean Institute has become nationally known for its hands-on marine science, environmental and ocean education and maritime history programs. More than 115,000 K-12 students and 8,000 teachers annually participate in the Institute's 61 award-winning, immersion style programs. To learn about ocean facts, sea creatures, oceanography, science, and California history, students voyage onto the ocean, study in labs and live aboard tall ships or in the chaparral, where they can feel and taste the salty sea spray, sort through live specimens, observe migrating whales on our Dana Point whale watch cruises, collect scientific data and investigate the culture and world around them. On weekends, we open our doors to the public for a sneak peek into how ocean science, history, and literature are used to inspire life-long learners! We welcome you to come explore our world and plan your next visit to the Institute.

Laguna Beach Gold Coast Raffle News

Click here to be the first to learn about our our 11th Annual Home Raffe.

The Grand Prize Drawing was held November 8th. Hundreds of people packed the Samueli Center at the Ocean Institute to watch as the winning ticket was pulled and announced by Bill Steel.

In addition to the Million Dollar Home, ticket buyers won Dream Vacations, Lexus cars and leases and more.

Congratulations to our 2014 Winners!

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Field Trips at the Ocean Institute

It’s time to let us do the teaching! Whether it’s investigating the digestive system of a mackerel, hiking through a new ecosystem, setting sail on the high seas, traveling through California history or becoming a marine biologist onboard a research vessel, the Ocean Institute has a program for YOU!
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Marine Mammal Cruises

Weekends in December

Journey to sea with Ocean Institute scientists and they'll introduce you to the local marine wildlife; including an astounding variety of fish, microscopic plankton, and the animals that live in sediment retrieved from the ocean floor. Encounter a pod of playful dolphin or a passing whale!
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Ocean Institute Jazz Festival
January 23 – 25, 2015
The Ocean Institute's popular jazz fundraising weekend event combines renowned jazz artists with an elegant evening of epicurean dining, cocktails, and live and silent auctions. This extraordinary event has raised over one million dollars to benefit Ocean Institute hands-on, ocean-oriented educational programs. Tickets and sponsorships are now available.
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Thank You Ocean
Weekends in December
10am – 3pm

The ocean provides a vast array of resources for humans and this is your opportunity to understand in greater detail just what these resources are. Learn about our own native treasures in Southern California, from marine resources to unique plants and animals on the coast. Make your own cards for the holidays and show your appreciation and gratefulness for Earth’s gifts.

Activities are included with weekend admission.
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Girls in Ocean Science Teen Conference
These exciting conferences are dedicated to inspiring young women to pursue degrees and careers in the sciences. Member registration is now open. Register early, these events do sell out!

Middle School Conference: February 14, 2015
High School Conference: March 21, 2015
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Featured Events & Updates

Public Visiting Hours
Saturday and Sunday 10 AM - 3:00 PM
Members are FREE

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December 24, 2014 – January 1, 2015
Facility Closed
The Ocean Institute will be closed 12/24/14 – 1/1/15 for Winter Break. The Laurena G. Chambers Gallery Gift and Book Store will have special hours during this timeframe, please click here for store hours.

January 12 – 26
12th Annual Kids’ Conferences on Waterhsheds
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Saturday, January 17
Underwater Parks Day
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January 23 – 25
Ocean Institute Jazz Festival
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Saturday & Sunday, January 24 & 25
The Ocean Institute’s weekend program will be closed due to a special event.
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March 7 – 8 and 14 – 15
Festival of Whales
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