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


Painting by the Sea
Black Friday Paint Event

While mom is out shopping on Black Friday, Dad, grab the kids and come “Paint by the Sea”!  It’s two hours of fun and discovery!


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.


Tidepool Hikes
Explore the world between tides!

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


Holiday Party
During the Annual Dana Point Parade of Lights

Ocean heroes assemble at the Ocean Institute for a holiday celebration like never before! A MARVELous time awaits, including villains to vanquish, cocoa to consume and super heroes to meet!

Eventbrite - Ocean Institute Holiday Lights Viewing Party


Holiday Parade of Lights Cruise

Enjoy the holiday season aboard this festive cruise!

Join us aboard the R/V Sea Explorer for a festive holiday cruise around the beautiful Dana Point Harbor during the annual Parade of Lights! Guests will enjoy holiday mood music as well as wine, sweets, and hot beverages.

Eventbrite - December 9th: Holiday Parade of Lights Cruise 2017


Science of Scent
Holiday Candle Making Workshop

Discover the science of scent in this hands-on candle making workshop!



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