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


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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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 Closed for Special Events & Holidays


Build Your Own Upcycled Cannons
WILD Weekend Series

Cannons were an important form of communication and protection aboard the Brig Pilgrim and all tall ships. Come to this WILD Weekend to learn how cannons were utilized in the sailing days of Richard Henry Dana Jr. and build you own cannon out of upcycled materials.

Your ticket includes admission to Ocean Institute to enjoy our maritime themed activities, tours, and exhibits.


Holiday Lights Viewing Party
Celebrate the 2019 Tiki Holiday With Us!

Friday, December 6 | 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Enjoy the holidays with the Ocean Institute at our Annual Holiday Lights Viewing Party for the Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights. This year’s Boat Parade of Lights theme is “Tiki Holiday.” Guests are invited to view the parade from our one-of-a-kind setting that only the Ocean Institute can provide!


Painting by the Sea
Holiday Ornaments


Bring the beach to your holiday by joining us to make festive ornaments. Each participant will get to create two ornaments with the instruction of Daniela. Your class will take place on our surf science deck where you can be inspired by our ocean views. All materials included with your ticket purchase. Your ticket includes admission to Ocean Institute for the day. 



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