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

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

Marine Science Careers / Internship Academy
Ages 14–17

This week-long program introduces you to intertidal ecology, animal husbandry, laboratory investigations, and shipboard research to spark interest in a career in marine science. Program highlights include a snorkeling field trip, a 4-hour research cruise aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, creating and conducting a research project in the Dana Point Marine Conservation Area, and leadership and team building activities.

 

Successful program graduates may apply to intern in one of our departments: Animal Husbandry, R/V Sea Explorer, Public Programs, or Citizen Science. If selected, you will work alongside our staff, mastering new skills you will use for your own research project. Your internship year ends with a symposium where you will present your research project.

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.

Summer Camp 9:00am to 12:00pmMonday - Friday

Sea Squirts Camp
Ages 5–6

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a shark, turtle, sea star, or whale? This camp brings to life some of the biggest and smallest animals in the sea. Each day you will sing a song to introduce a new theme for the day’s activities with highlights that include daily crafts, sand castle building at Baby Beach, and a hunt for treasure. Join us for a fun-filled week!

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

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

Neptune’s Mysteries Camp
Ages 6–7

Become a member of Neptune’s Detective Agency by solving mysteries each day using scientific tools and techniques. Use your scientific detective skills to determine why Becky Blue Whale is so far from home, and murdered Mr. Mackerel by exploring the Dana Point Marine Conservation Area, taking a Marine Mammal cruise onboard the R/V Sea Explorer, and investigating the behaviors of marine creatures.

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

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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