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


DIY Microscope Workshop
Build your own to take home

Make your own microscope powered by your own cell phone!

Participants will learn about how microscopes work, their applications in science, and then get to make their very own to take home. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Space is limited, advance registration required. 

Required: Smart phone


Whale Watching Cruise
An ecosystem excursion for all ages

Join the Ocean Institute’s marine educators in exploring the ocean from top to bottom, while searching for some of the world’s largest and smallest creatures during our 2.5-hour long whale watching program.


Sand Dollar Guild’s 30th Anniversary

Join the Sand Dollar Guild to celebrate their 30th Anniversary in the Ocean Institute’s Samueli Conference Center. 

For more information and tickets, contact: communications@sanddollarguild.org


Bioluminescence Night Cruise

There’s a luminous underwater world just waiting to shine! Learn about the remarkable ability of some marine animals to glow in the dark and witness this curiously beautiful phenomenon.*


Tidepool Hikes
Explore the world between tides!

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


Dr. Chris Lowe
Distinguished Speaker
May 24 6:00 pm

Join the Ocean Institute in the Samueli Conference Center for The Nicholas Endowment Distinguished Speaker Series with Dr. Chris Lowe. 



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