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

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Little Naturalists: Parent & Me Program
Feathers, Flippers & Fins

Bring out the ‘Little Naturalist’ in your child and discover how humans are connected to the ocean, using different ocean animals as examples. Each Tuesday session of parent-and-me classes includes sensory exploration stations, an art project and a science activity. This program is suitable for children ages three-and-a-half to four years old with parental support. 

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Dee Caffari
Distinguished Speaker

Join the Ocean Institute in the Samueli Conference Center for The Nicholas Endowment Distinguished Speaker Series with yachtswoman and ocean advocate Dee Caffari. 

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Whale and Marine Life Tour

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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Saving the Ocean Through Change
WILD Weekend Series

Explore how small change can make a big difference in saving our ocean. You will be making an upcycled piggy bank while you learn about all the small changes you can make in your everyday life to help keep our ocean clean. You get to take you upcycled piggy bank home to remind you to make small changes while saving your change.

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Behind the Seas
Aquarist Experience

Explore behind the scenes! Witness firsthand how our aquarists care for our animal inhabitants, including the engineering of our filtration system and habitats. Help our aquarists identify the animals we find right beneath the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center and learn more about our acquisition process. Additionally, guests will get the exclusive opportunity to prepare food and feed our animals. 

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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. 

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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