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


Pacific Marine Exploration
An ecosystem excursion for all ages

Join the Ocean Institute’s marine educators in exploring the ocean from top to bottom, while searching for some of the world’s largest and smallest creatures during our 2.5-hour long marine life exploration program.


Killer Dana Tour

Cruise the beautiful Dana Point Harbor during this family friendly harbor cruise. Learn the history of the harbor, from Richard Henry Dana’s visit in the 1830s to world renown surf spot and recreational harbor. On the cruise, our team will share the history and ecology of the harbor.


Adults: $25.00 
Children: $10.00
Includes admission to the Ocean Institute for the day ($10.00 for adults/$7.50 children)


Sand Dollar Guild – Battle of the Bands

September 29 – Battle of the Bands with silent auction, delicious samples from various local restaurants, dancing,  raffle prizes and more. Tickets are $55.00, or $100.00 for two tickets. Tickets may be purchased online or from any Sand Dollar Guild member.

Contact: communications@sanddollarguild.org


Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program
Sea Star Adventure Series 2018

You and your child are invited to join us for this six-week adventure exploring shapes, colors, textures, and more with everyone’s favorite tidepool animal, the sea star! Each Tuesday session includes exploration, an animal encounter, and an activity. Suitable for ages 2 to 3 years.


Bioluminescence Night Cruise

There’s a luminous underwater world just waiting to shine! Learn about the remarkable ability of some marine animals to glow in the dark and witness this curiously beautiful phenomenon.*


A Night Under the Moon
Join us at The Ranch at Laguna Beach

The Ranch at Laguna Beach will host an evening of culinary luxury on Wednesday, October 24th as a benefit dinner sponsoring the Camping Outreach Program at The Ranch and its partnership with Ocean Institute. Reservations are $250 per person and this event is expected to sell out.



Making Waves

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