Join us for this six-week, maritime themed series exploring that will stretch your child’s imagination through creative play that supports language development, social interaction, and problem solving. Each Tuesday session includes exploration, an animal encounter and an activity. This program is suitable for ages two to three years, with parental support.
From animals to humans, navigation takes skill, talent, and many tools. Learn from our expert naturalists how whales, birds, and humans navigate yearly migrations, explore the deep sea, or chart a course for adventure. Each month we will explore a new way of navigating.
Join us for a walking tour around the beautiful and historic Dana Point Harbor. This family friendly tour teaches about the history and development of the harbor, from Native Americans to the recreational harbor we have today. On the tour you will explore historical ruins with our expert guides who will teach you how to spot local marine animals along the way.
Enjoy the view of the Marine Protected Area behind Ocean Institute while you paint a beach landscape. Learn painting techniques from OCDC Art & Design in this step by step painting class. Come explore your inner artist in a beautiful setting then enjoy a day of learning at Ocean Institute. All skill levels welcome.
Join our marine educators in exploring the ocean from top to bottom, while searching for some of the world’s largest and smallest creatures, including dolphins and whales, during our 2.5-hour long marine life exploration cruise.
Set sail aboard the schooner Spirit of Dana Point and experience California from the perspective of an early tallship explorer. Join the crew to help raise sail, handle lines, and steer the ship, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the majesty of sailing the seas aboard a tallship.