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


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 Series Summer 2018Eventbrite - Tiny Tots: Mighty Mariners Drop-In Summer 2018


Family Science Nights
Ages 4–104

Thursdays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Spend a summer evening in our Samueli Conference Center getting “up close and personal” with local scientists. Each experience will include a presentation by a special guest speaker with alternate activities for kids. A different topic will be covered each week.


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.

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

Buccaneer Adventure Camp
Ages 7–8

Set a course for adventure and learn about the life of a pirate at sea. Learn the ropes to survive at sea with dockside activities on the Pilgrim before venturing out on the open ocean aboard the R/V Sea Explorer.  Earn your “salt” by completing lost mariner arts such as sail handling, rowing, storytelling, and more. At the end of the week, celebrate with “Dress like a Pirate Day.” 

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

Summer Camp Day 1 9:00am-12:30pm; Days 2-4

Island Bound Camp
Ages 11–13

Voyage to Catalina Island aboard the schooner Spirit of Dana Point. This camp draws you into the adventure of tall ship sailing and reveals rich marine resources of a beautiful California island.  Day One is spent developing you into young sailors and part of a fully functioning crew. During your voyage, team up with our professional crew for sailing, navigating, and learning rope work. Explore a marine ecosystem through kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling. This voyage of discovery will be an adventure to remember!

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

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.



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