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Fundraising events are held year round to help support a number of causes. Come and join the fun!

Summer Camp 9:00am to 4:00pmMonday - Friday

Coastal Explorer Camp
Ages 10–12

Explore the beautiful, unique coastline of Dana Point in this activity-packed camp. Throughout the week, you will study the science of the surf zone in our laboratory, out in the field, as well as onboard the R/V Sea Explorer. You’ll also have a chance to participate in fun activities focusing on reusable resources and our impact on the  environment. This camp includes cruising along the coastline looking for blue whales, scientific sampling aboard our research vessel, kayaking in Dana Point Harbor, and exploring the intertidal area.

Summer Camp 9:00am to 4:00pmMonday - Friday

Shipwreck Hunter Camp-New for 2018
Ages 9–10

Challenge yourself as a maritime archeologist to solve the mysteries of shipwrecks off our coast. Build your own ship, recover artifacts, learn navigation, drive ROVs, and venture to sea on both the tall ship, Spirit of Dana Point, and the R/V Sea Explorer.  

Members only registration March 1st-14th, general registration opens on March 15th

Summer Camp 9:00am to 12:00pmMonday - Friday

Sea Squirts Camp
Ages 5–6

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a shark, turtle, sea star, or whale? This camp brings to life some of the biggest and smallest animals in the sea. Each day you will sing a song to introduce a new theme for the day’s activities with highlights that include daily crafts, sand castle building at Baby Beach, and a hunt for treasure. Join us for a fun-filled week!

Members only registration March 1st-14th, general registration opens on March 15th

Summer Camp 9:00am to 4:00pmMonday - Friday

Neptune’s Mysteries Camp
Ages 6–7

Become a member of Neptune’s Detective Agency by solving mysteries each day using scientific tools and techniques. Use your scientific detective skills to determine why Becky Blue Whale is so far from home, and murdered Mr. Mackerel by exploring the Dana Point Marine Conservation Area, taking a Marine Mammal cruise onboard the R/V Sea Explorer, and investigating the behaviors of marine creatures.

Members only registration March 1st-14th, general registration opens on March 15th
 
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Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program
Mighty Mariners

Tuesdays, June 19th – July 31st | 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Join us for this six-week, maritime themed series of exploration and play. Stretch your child’s imagination through creative play that supports language development, social interaction, and problem solving. Eventbrite - Tiny Tots: Mighty Mariners Drop-In Summer 2018

Event 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Turtles, Sharks, & Whales
Ages 6–8

Discover the amazing worlds of sea turtles, sharks and whales! One animal is highlighted each day; sign up for a session or just a single day. Get “up close and personal” with a turtle and compare turtles of the land to turtles of the sea. Explore everyone’s favorite ocean predator to discover what separates sharks from their bony fish cousins. On whale day, investigate the largest animals in the world and their food. . . . the smallest creatures in the sea!

Members only registration March 1st-14th, general registration opens on March 15th

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Ocean Institute programs have succeeded brilliantly in the most important mission: reaching and actively engaging the imagination of American youth.
- Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education