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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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Earth Day
Saturday, April 25; 10am – 3pm
The Ocean Institute will be celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earth Day! Join us for a celebration and participate in hands-on conservation activities. Activities are included with normal weekend admission.

  • Create fun, eco-friendly crafts
  • Learn about the importance of protecting natural environments through hands-on activities.
  • Volunteer for the beach/harbor clean-up from 9am – 11am and get free admission for the day!

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Congratulations to our 2014 Winners!

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Mother’s & Father’s Day Programsl
May 10 and June 21
2:00pm - 4:30pm

Treat mom and dad to an adventure at sea for Mother’s Day and 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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Member Event with Ari Friedlaender
Wednesday, April 22
5pm – 6pm: Private Reception
6pm – 8pm: Main Presentation & Book Signing

Join us for a lecture with Unframable author Ari Friedlaender. Over the course of 25 trips to Antarctica, Ari's research program used tag technology to study the underwater behavior of marine mammals, leading to many discoveries about whales.
Reception: $55 (includes book)
Members: $5
General: $10
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The Sea Star Stroll
Saturday, May 16

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.


Featured Events & Updates

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

Starting May 16, 2015 we will also be open to the public daily!
Monday – Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Wednesday, April 22
Member Event – Reception & Lecture with Ari Friedlaender
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Saturday, April 25
Earth Day
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Sunday, May 10
Mother’s Day Cruises and Sails
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Saturday, May 16
Sea Star Stroll
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Saturday, May 16
Launch of new exhibits and public hours.
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Monday, May 25
Facility Closed
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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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