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


Bug Out
Earth Day at the Ocean Institute

When you think of ocean science you probably don’t think of bugs, but you should! Insects are very important in making healthy plants, beaches, and oceans.

Visit Ocean Institute on Earth Day weekend, April 21 and 22, to learn why insects are essential to keeping our oceans and beaches healthy. Join us for a comparative anatomy lab of shrimp and grasshoppers, make your own bug box, discover why bees are key, and more.


Whale Watching Cruise
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 whale watching program.


DIY Butterfly Feeder
WILD Weekends Series

Earth Day Butterfly Feeders

Build it yourself this Earth day with the Ocean Institute! Create a plastic-free butterfly feeder to take home with you. 


Naturalist Sail
Spirit of Dana Point

Celebrate Earth day with the crew of Spirit of Dana Point on a 2.5 hour sail. Step into the shoes of great naturalists such as Darwin and Nuttall as we search for pelagic birds, whales, and other marine mammals.

Join us before the sail for an informational talk about the history of naturalists in celebration of Earth Day. 


DIY Microscope Workshop
Build your own to take home

Make your own microscope powered by your own cell phone!

Participants will learn about how microscopes work, their applications in science, and then get to make their very own to take home. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Space is limited, advance registration required. 

Required: Smart phone


Sand Dollar Guild’s 30th Anniversary

Join the Sand Dollar Guild to celebrate their 30th Anniversary in the Ocean Institute’s Samueli Conference Center. 

For more information and tickets, contact: communications@sanddollarguild.org



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