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


Public Tidepool Hikes
Explore the world between tides!

Join the Ocean Institute for a tidepool hike led by one of our expert naturalists.


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.



Capture the King Tide Nature Walk

Join us to learn about tides and how sea level rise is impacting our local coastline, then head to the local marine protected area to document the effects of the King Tides as a citizen scientist for the California King Tide Project.


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)


Lady Washington Tours
Visiting Vessel

History comes to life during dock-side tours of the tall ship Lady Washington. Join the crew aboard the vessel and be guided through the ship’s top deck and its role in the history of Pacific exploration and trade. 


Wednesday – Friday: 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 1:15 
Saturday and Sunday: 10:15, 11:15, 12:15 

Tours will be offered on select dates during their stay December 28-January 13*
*Saturday, January 12 there are no public tours or sails


Lady Washington Adventure Sails
Visiting Tall Ship

Join the crew of the Lady Washington for a  two-hour, family-oriented Adventure Sail. Experience tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime amusement with the crew. It will be a day to remember!

Eventbrite - Lady Washington Adventure Sails



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