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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.

2015 Summer Camps & Adventures
Camp schedule now available!

Join us for a summer to remember! Young scientists and buccaneers will love our fun, unique camps, as they are immersed in our educational and exciting programming. Our ACA accredited camps are taught by our amazing team of First Aid Certified instructors with a low student to instructor ratio, so your child is safe, engaged, and having a great time while they are learning from the best!

Registration begins March 2nd for Members and March 16th for Non-Members. Brochures will arrive in the mail in late-February.

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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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2015 Festival of Whales
March 7 – 8 and 14 – 15, 2015
10am – 4pm

Celebrate the annual migration of the California Gray Whale! Join us as we participate in the community-wide event. See the migration live on our Gray Whale Adventure Cruise. Experience the history of whaling and sailing aboard the Spirit of Dana Point and participate in Citizen Science while touring the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center.
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The Sea Star Stroll
Event on May 16; Registration opens March 2

Join the fun and form a team or sign up individually to participate in the Ocean Institute’s Sea Star Stroll on Saturday, May 16th. 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 www.seastarstroll.com.

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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Friday, February 27
The Ocean Institute will be closed for our Youth Summit Event. The Behind-the-Scenes Tour at 3:30pm is canceled for the day.
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February 28 – March 1
The Ocean Institute’s weekend program will be closed due to a special event.
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Monday, March 2
Summer Camp Registration begins for Members
Info now available online; catalogs will be mailed out in late-February. General registration begins March 16.
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Monday, March 2
The Sea Star Stroll
Registration begins for the fundraising walk.
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March 7 – 8 and 14 – 15
Festival of Whales
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Wednesday, March 18
Volunteer Awards Dinner
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Saturday, March 21
Girls in Ocean Science Conference – High School
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Saturday, March 21
The Ocean Institute’s weekend program will be closed due to a special event

Tuesday, April 7
Spring Break Camps
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Wednesday, April 22
Member Event – Reception & Lecture with Ari Friedlaender
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