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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.

Dolphin Discovery Cruise
Weekends in January & February

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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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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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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Sea of Love
Sunday, February 15; 10am – 3pm

Come share the love this Valentine’s Day and learn about relationships under the sea. Find out which animals stay in love forever and which are not so willing to commit to a lifetime of love. Activities include themed crafts, scavenger hunts, and dissections.

Did you know a squid has three hearts? Find out when you dissect one yourself! Guests can make their own ocean-themed valentine and learn about the history of Valentine’s Day. Activities are included with regular weekend admission.
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Orca Sighting – 1/7/15
What a way to start off the new year! Ocean Institute staff had a unique opportunity to witness a small pod of transient orca whales off our local coast.

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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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Saturday, February 14
Girls in Ocean Science Conference – Middle School
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Saturday, February 14
The Ocean Institute’s weekend program will be closed due to a special event

Sunday, February 15
Sea of Love
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Saturday, February 21
Adventure Sail
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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 available online in mid-February; catalogs will be mailed out in late-February. General registration begins March 16.
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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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Tuesday, April 7
Spring Break Camps
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