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


Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program
Sea Star Adventure Series 2018

You and your child are invited to join us for this six-week adventure 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.


Mad Scientist’s Halloween Bash
Family Halloween Fun

Ghostly bubbles, fizzing eyeballs, and glowing slime are just a few of the experiments brewing in our labs during this family friendly Halloween event. Come in your favorite costume as you trick or treat through the Mad Scientist’s open labs and meet some animals that might make you go “eek!” 


Pacific Marine Exploration
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 marine life exploration program.


Killer Dana Tour

Cruise the beautiful Dana Point Harbor during this family friendly harbor cruise. Learn the history of the harbor, from Richard Henry Dana’s visit in the 1830s to world renown surf spot and recreational harbor. On the cruise, our team will share the history and ecology of the harbor.


Adults: $25.00 
Children: $10.00
Includes admission to the Ocean Institute for the day ($10.00 for adults/$7.50 children)


Hikianalia Escort Cruise
Exclusive for Ocean Institute Members

Be a part of the historic water welcome for Hikianalia, a traditional Polynesian canoe, from aboard the Ocean Institute’s research vessel, Sea Explorer. For this Ocean Institute members-only event, cruise the coast before joining the parade of outriggers, paddlers, and more as the Hikianalia makes its way into Dana Point Harbor. 

This cruise is exclusive for Ocean Institute members only and will include light refreshments. Space is limited; advance registration required. 


Visiting Vessel: Hikianalia
Arrival & Welcome Ceremony

Join the Ocean Institute as we welcome the crew of the Hikianalia, a traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe, to Dana Point. Cheer the crew as they make their way into the harbor accompanied by local outrigger canoe clubs and greeted on shore by representatives of the Achajamen Nation. Escort the crew into the Ocean Institute for the official welcoming ceremony featuring traditional songs and dances.

This event is free and open to the public.



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