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


A Day & Night in the Canyon
The Ranch at Laguna Beach

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Experience The Ranch at Laguna Beach’s ultra-exclusive Scout Camp located in Aliso Canyon on Thursday, August 22nd. Scout Camp will be open all day with food, entertainment and immersive outdoor experiences for all ages.


Family Science Nights
Ages 4–104

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. 

Thursdays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm


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. 


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. 

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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.


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.



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