Plan Your Experience

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

At Home Learning

A variety of topics will be covered including ocean science, ocean conservation, and maritime history.


The Scoop on Poop
Lesson Eight

Poop may be a gross topic to most, but it’s actually a very important part of biology! Have you ever wondered how a digestive system really works? Or why poop is an important part of an ecosystem? Use this lesson to discover the “Scoop on Poop” with hands-on activities including making your own version of a digestive system! 


Meet Our Husbandry Team
Keeping the animals you love happy and healthy!

What is your favorite animals at Ocean Institute? Whether it’s the sharks, jellies, or Jetty, this is the the team that keeps them fed, happy, and healthy. Ocean Institute’s husbandry team is in charge of feeding and taking care our animals every day.



Undersea ABC’s
LiteraSEA Program

The Undersea ABC’s program is part of our LiteraSEA series at the Ocean Institute.  The LiteraSEA series examines the links between science and literature, with specific focus on separating fact and fiction. This program challenges students to apply their knowledge of letters and letter sounds while exploring life in the ocean. 


Lunch Time at Ocean Institute

Our kelp crab, garibaldi, bay blennies, sarcastic fringehead and hairy rock crab all get lunch in this installment of Feeding Friday. 


Dress Like a Sailor
Lesson Seven

Take a tour of our Tallship, The Spirit of Dana Point, with our Maritime Manager, Kristin McGowan. After you have toured the ship, Kristin will take you into the Maritime History Center and teach you how to dress like a sailor on a budget.


What do Moon Jellies Eat?
Made Fresh, Never Frozen

Brine shrimp! This week our Husbandry team demonstrates how they prepare brine shrimp for our moon jellies, anemones and bay blennies. You may know Brine shrimp as Sea Monkeys you could mail order. 


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