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


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. 


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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Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program
Sea Star Adventure Series 2019

Join us for this six-week adventure series exploring shapes, colors, textures, and more with everyone’s favorite tidepool animal, the sea star! Each Tuesday session includes exploration, an animal encounter, and an activity. Suitable for ages 2 to 3 years.


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


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.*

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Little Naturalists Weekend Sneak-Peak
Parent & Me Program

Bring out the “little naturalist” in your child through hands on exploration and learning with this special weekend edition of our parent and me program Little Naturalists! Together discover scientific principles through sensory stations, identify local species on a seaside nature hike, and create an artistic project that let’s your child’s imagination grow.

Looking for more hands on science for your preschooler? Join us for our four-week Little Naturalists series Feathers, Flippers & Fins every Tuesday from November 5- November 26 where your child will delve into how humans are connected to our oceans using different marine animals as examples.



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