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Ocean Institute
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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
Registration now open!

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!

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Father’s Day Programs
June 21

Treat dad to an adventure at sea for Father’s Day. Enjoy a cruise on the R/V Sea Explorer or a tallship sail aboard the Spirit of Dana Point. Programs fill quickly, so please register early.
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Congratulations to our 2014 Winners!

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Headlands and Beyond: A Hands-On Exploration
Open to the public 7 days a week!

We are proud to present Headlands and Beyond: A Hands-On Exploration, a new exhibit that is open to the public seven days a week. These hands-on exhibits complete the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center project and highlight the underwater world just beneath the Dana Point Headlands.

Explore our marine-themed atrium and whale court while participating in fun, family activities designed to indulge your ocean curiosity. On weekends, we continue to offer a site-wide, immersive journey into the mysteries of the Pacific Ocean.
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World Oceans Day Celebration
June 6 & 7, 2015

In honor of World Oceans Day, our Weekend Public Program will host additional activities that are included with weekend admission. Come learn about beautiful ocean creatures, habitats and our connection to the ocean!
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Featured Events & Updates

Public Visiting Hours
HEADLANDS & BEYOND: A Hands-On Exploration
Weekdays 10am – 4pm
Weekends 10am – 3pm
Members are FREE
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Saturday, May 30
Adventure Sail aboard the Spirit of Dana Point.
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Saturday & Sunday, June 6 – 7
World Oceans Day Celebration
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Sunday, June 21
Father’s Day Cruises & Sails
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Saturday, July 4
The Ocean Institute will be closed for Independence Day.
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Saturday, July 4
4th of July Fireworks Cruise
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