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Whether it's investigating the digestive system of a mackerel, hiking through California's ecosystems, setting sail on the high seas, or stepping into the role of a marine biologist on a research vessel, the Ocean Institute has a program for YOU!

The Ocean Institute has been teaching students for over 30 years through hands-on educational experiences. Each experience challenges students to work collaboratively, problem solve, communicate their understanding of the information, think critically about what they are learning, and employ positive emotional connections to learning. All of our award-winning programs incorporate California state standards, enhancing your students' educational experience and providing a launching pad for your classroom teaching opportunities.


Ocean Institute Labs Programs in a variety of age appropriate labs or at-sea excursions aboard the Research Vessel Sea Explorer, including whale watching. Teaching stations vary depending on program and grade level. Programs feature state-of-the-art scientific oceanographic research equipment and topics include marine life, life cycles, and fish dissections. Program length varies from one hour to multi-day trips with a night on our sleep deck or at Catalina Island.

Maritime / History

Ocean Institute LabsInnovative dockside and at-sea programs aboard the Pilgrim and Spirit of Dana Point. Living history programs that allow students to become sailors in Post Revolutionary War America, hide gatherers of R.H. Dana's Two Years Before the Mast, and Argonauts traveling to the California Gold Rush to make their fortunes. At-sea programs include Catalina sailing adventures and hands-on day-sails aboard the Spirit of Dana Point.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor education at the Ocean Institute: hikePrograms utilize the Lazy W Ranch, located in the Cleveland National Forest just east of San Juan Capistrano, as an ideal setting to immerse students in the exploration of both California's history and natural environment. Students can build Native American shelters, make tortillas, and pan for gold in a mountain stream, or hike through the chaparral, perform research with scientific equipment, and observe wildlife during the day or while spending the night in one of our rustic cabins.
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Distance Learning

Ocean Institute Labs Outreach programs that allow the Ocean Institute to come to you! The “Ocean in Motion” van brings our Visiting Classroom programs to students in the classroom.

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