Home

Events

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

Event

Kayak Harbor Tour
Join us for our Public Kayak Program!

Join us for a 2-hour interactive tour around the Dana Point Harbor. Learn about the history of the harbor and its unique ecosystem from one of our expert Naturalists. 

Event

Whale and Marine Life Tour

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. 

Tour Brochure

Event

DIY Plastic Free Hummingbird Feeder
WILD Weekend Series

Come to this WILD Weekend to create a plastic free hummingbird feeder that is safe for the ocean and the hummingbirds.  Learn about the impact of plastic on our planet and create a plastic-free hummingbird feeder to take home with you. 

This is a great family event and don’t forget your ticket includes admission to Ocean Institute for the day to enjoy our Grossology theme.

Event

Adventure Sail
Pirates, Patriots, and Privateers

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.

Event

Harbor Walking Tour
Explore the beauty and history of Dana Point Harbor

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. 

Event

Public Tidepool Hikes
Explore the world between tides!

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

@ocean_institute

 

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