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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.

Tidepool Terrors
Sunday, October 26th; 10am – 3pm

Make your own goo and experience the mysteries the ocean has to offer, including animal dissections and ghostly stories told by the undead. Learn about the “vampires of the deep” and other unique characteristics of marine life. If you are daring, take a tour of the Brig Pilgrim….some sailors say it is haunted!

Children who dress up in costumes get in free and can enter a costume contest at 11am. Categories include: best ocean related costume, best eco-friendly costume, best maritime costume, and best overall costume. There might even be some ghostly dancing!

Admission is $6.50/adult; $4.50/child. Members and kids (4-12) in costume are free!

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Blue Whale Discovery Cruise

As seen in the June issue of Westways magazine!

Come along in the search to find these magnificent creatures in our local waters. Our scientific staff will guide your adventure and offer plenty of information while you enjoy your time on the R/V Sea Explorer - witnessing the largest animal ever to inhabit planet Earth!

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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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Thank You Ocean
Weekends in November & 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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Featured Events & Updates

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

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Wednesdays in October
It's Your Money - Free financial workshops
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Weekends in October
Red Ribbon Month – Free admission with Red Ribbon wristband and student ID.
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Thursday, October 23
Laguna Beach Gold Coast Raffle – FINAL DEADLINE
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Saturday, October 25
Weekend Program is closed for Docent Day; Facility Tours available at 10:30am and 11:30am for $2/person.
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Sunday, October 26
Tidepool Terrors
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Weekends in November
Thank You Ocean – Special activities included with weekend admission
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Saturday, November 8
Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle – Final Drawing; 12pm – 2pm
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Sunday, November 9
Veterans’ Day Celebration
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Sunday, November 16
Facility & Weekend Program will be closed due to a special event.
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