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All programs are designed to maximize immersion, spark curiosity, and inspire a deep commitment to learning.


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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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. 


Capture the King Tide Nature Walk

Join us to learn about tides and how sea level rise is impacting our local coastline, then head to the local marine protected area to document the effects of the King Tides as a citizen scientist for the California King Tide Project.


Galentine’s Day
Painting by the Sea



Grab your best girlfriends and spend ‘Galentine’s’ Day creating beautiful art focused on love at Ocean Institute. You will have the choice to create a 3D canvas painting featuring a red heart or a painted wine bottle. 


Girls in Ocean Science Conference
Inspiring the Next Generation

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General Registration Open


Ocean Institute Closed for Special Events & Holidays



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