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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.


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Maritime / History

Innovative 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.

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