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Welcoming Dr. Wendy Marshall as Vice President of Education

Twenty years after her first school field trip to the Dana Point Harbor as a 4th grade bilingual teacher in Paramount USD, Dr. Wendy Marshall returns to Dana Point and the Ocean Institute as Vice President of Education. Marshall has worked in diverse educational settings, including educational publishing, the College Board, the University of Southern California, and more recently as Director of Education at Ocean Quest (formerly ExplorOcean/Newport Harbor Nautical Museum).

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Launching into a New Year of High School Internships
by Danielle Garcia, Director of STEM programs

This month Ocean Institute officially welcomed a new group of 20 students into its yearlong high school internship program.

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A Fascinating Evening with David Helvarg

The Ocean Institute kicked off our new lecture series with author, activist, and adventurer David Helvarg last night in the intimate setting of the Institute’s Headlands & Beyond Kelp Forest. 

Helvarg was introduced by friend and artist Wyland, before screening a thought provoking short film of how his vision for the book The Golden Shore came to be. Helvarg noted that his videography skills were not of the caliber of filmmakers Greg and Barbara MacGillivray who were members of the audience. 

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How to (Safely) Share the Ocean with Sharks

How to (Safely) Share the Ocean with Sharks

The rise of Great White Shark sightings has been the buzz in Southern California this summer—and some of us have gone so far as to limit our ocean time and keep our kids out of the water. While it’s important to respect the space of these incredible predators, how do you determine the safest way to keep enjoying the saltwater activities you love? Dr. Chris Lowe, Director of CSULB’s Shark Lab and Ocean Institute’s inaugural Science Advisory Council member offers advice for how we can learn to share the ocean with these animals that are so important to our marine eco-system.

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Help Us Keep Whales Safe with the ‘Whale Alert App’

Some lucky swimmers and paddlers were recently treated with a visit from a juvenile gray whale that swam into the Dana Point Harbor—right up to the beach! Luckily, the whale finally made its way back out to the open waters and is hopefully back on track to summer feeding grounds in Alaska. Marine mammals such as this gray whale, rely heavily on hearing to navigate, and often noisy boat traffic can be disorienting.

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Ocean Institute Volunteer Paddling from Catalina to Dana Point Harbor
Shore Celebration for Volunteer Paddling 25 Miles from Catalina Island to Dana Point to Raise Money for the Ocean Institute

Dana Point, Calif. – August 8, 2017The Ocean Institute, Orange County’s leading marine science, education, and maritime history center, will host a ‘welcome back’ celebration for Ocean Institute volunteer Ron Hoffmeyer, and Dr. Jeff Hughes and his son Austin Hughes. The three will stand up paddle approximately 25 miles from Catalina to Dana Point in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the Institute. Donate to their GoFundMe here.

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Welcoming Dr. Chris Lowe to the Ocean Institute Science Advisory Council
Professor, marine biology & Director of the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach becomes Inaugural Science Advisory Council Member

Dr. Chris Lowe is a professor in marine biology and director of the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), where he and his students work with acoustic and satellite telemetry techniques to study the movement, behavior and physiology of sharks, rays and gamefishes.

Dr. Lowe earned his Bachelor of Arts in marine biology at Barrington College in Rhode Island and a Master of Science degree in biology at CSULB. In 1998, he achieved a doctorate in zoology, studying bioenergetics of juvenile hammerhead sharks, at the University of Hawaii.

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Harvey Mudd College Robot Deployment at Ocean Institute

 

Dana Point, California – On Saturday April 22 the Ocean Institute hosted 85 sophomore engineering students from Harvey Mudd College along with their designed remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). The Ocean Institute dock was turned into a robot workstation as students raced against the clock to use their ROVs to collect data including temperature, salinity, and currents.

Harvey Mudd College Professor of Engineering, Chris Clark, said Saturday was the final deployment of the robots, and was the culminating experience for students enrolled in the course.

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Jim "Skip" Wehan

Jim “Skip” Wehan honored by City
Ocean Institute Captain presented Dana Point Community Award

Ocean Institute’s Captain of the Spirit of Dana Point and the Pilgrim, Jim “Skip” Wehan, will be honored with the Dana Point Community Award from the City of Dana Point.  

Skip has dedicated his life to community outreach and developing the Dana Point Sea Scout Mariners 936 program over the past 40 years. As Captain at the Ocean Institute, Skip has provided thousands to children the thrill of setting sail at sea aboard a tall ship.

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Ocean Institute Names Dan Pingaro New President and CEO

Dana Point, Calif. – April 10, 2017 – The Ocean Institute, Orange County’s leading marine science, education, and maritime history center, today announced its Board of Directors named Dan Pingaro as its new president and CEO after completing a nationwide search. Pingaro, who will assume his new position on April 24, 2017, most recently served as executive director of Laguna Beach Community Foundation (LBCF) for three years.

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Ocean Institute Mourns The Loss Of Captain Arturo Zamarripa

DANA POINT, CA –­ It is with great sadness that the Ocean Institute announces the death of Arturo Zamarripa, 33, captain of the Institute’s tall ship Spirit of Dana Point and its Maritime Education Coordinator.  He was killed in a traffic accident while riding his motorcycle in Long Beach the evening of June 20.

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Ocean Institute Evening Features Musical Maritime Melodrama Enoch Arden

DANA POINT, CA – The Ocean Institute is pleased to welcome pianist Sonya Lee and narrator/actress Melina Kalomas for a musical presentation of Enoch Arden, a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson about a fisherman turned merchant sailor who sailed into misfortune, on Thursday, June 23, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.  Composer Richard Strauss wrote the melodrama in 1897, using the words of the 1864 poem.  The performance will take place in the Institute’s Samueli Hall, beneath GraySea, a juvenile gray whale skeleton.

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Left to right:  Dori Moorehead, Ocean Institute President & CEO; Marty Sorkin, Volunteer of the Year; Amanda Smith, Volunteer & Weekend Manager

Volunteer of the Year

DANA POINT, CA – The Ocean Institute is pleased to announce that Marty Sorkin of San Clemente has been selected as its 2016 Volunteer of the Year.  He received the honor, explained Ocean Institute President Dori Moorehead, in recognition of his outstanding leadership and dedication to the Institute, the community and his fellow volunteers.  

“Marty has been an extraordinary volunteer,” commented Dori.  “His time has benefitted multiple departments and his positive energy and passion for the Ocean Institute has had ripple effects across the Institute and beyond.”

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Ocean Institute Family Science Nights

DANA POINT, CA –­ The Ocean Institute will present four Family Science Nights on Thursdays in 2016: June 30, July 14 & 28 and August 11, 6 – 8 p.m.  Spend a summer evening in our Samueli Conference Center getting “up close and personal” with local scientists.  Each experience will include a presentation by a special guest speaker with alternate activities for kids.  A different topic will be covered each week.

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Ocean Institute Celebrates Earth Day 2016

DANA POINT, CA – The Ocean Institute will join in the celebration of the 46th anniversary of Earth Day on Saturday & Sunday, April 23 & 24; April 23 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and April 24 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Activities for Earth Day 2016 include:

- Native plant garden tours

- Building a butterfly garden

- A Lily Lab: Flower Dissection

- Special presentations

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Ocean Institute to Host Bridal Show

DANA POINT, CA – The Ocean Institute will host a Bridal Show on Sunday, April 17, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the Ocean Institute grounds, which are available to rent as a wedding venue, and meet some of Orange County’s best caterers and wedding vendors.

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Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program

Dana Point, CA – The Ocean Institute will offer its Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program for children ages 2 & 3 and their parents on six successive Tuesdays, May 3-June 7, 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. 

You and your child can join us for this adventure exploring shapes, colors, textures, and more with everyone’s favorite tide pool animal, the sea star! Each Tuesday session includes exploration, an animal encounter, and an activity.

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2016 Ocean Institute Summer Programs

Dana Point, CA – Registration is now open for the Ocean Institute’s 2016 week-long summer camps that give children ages 5-17 unique, hands-on opportunities to experience ocean science and maritime history.  Programs begin June 20 and will introduce kids to the mysteries of our oceans, from the tiny world of microscopic plankton to the open seas with large sea creatures such as seals and sea lions, dolphins, sunfish and whales.  Maritime history programs take children back in time to experience the Golden Age of Sail. 

Programs offered include:

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2016 Ocean Institute Bioluminescence Cruises

Dana Point, CA – Learn about the exciting luminous underwater world just waiting to shine!  The Ocean Institute will offer evening Bioluminescence cruises aboard its R/V Sea Explorer throughout 2016, providing a unique opportunity to learn about the remarkable ability of some marine animals to glow in the dark and to witness this curiously beautiful phenomenon. 

Upcoming cruises:  April 9, May 7, June 4, July 8 & 9, August 5 & 6, September 3, October 1.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day at the Ocean Institute

Dana Point, CA – Show your appreciation to your parents on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day 2016 with a visit to the Ocean Institute.  On these days, the Institute will offer:

Mother’s Day

Pre-Mother’s Day Brunch Sail (ages 4+) – Enjoy a pre-Mother’s Day Brunch Sail onboard the tall ship Spirit of Dana Point on Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Help raise the sails and steer the ship while enjoying the beautiful Southern California coastline.  Brunch included.  $80 adult (18 and up), $60 child (4-17).

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Festival of Whales

Dana Point, CA – The Ocean Institute is pleased to participate in the City of Dana Point’s annual Festival of Whales celebration the weekends of March 5-6 and 12-13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (ticket sales end at 3 p.m.).  The event celebrates the annual migration of the gray whales off our coast.

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Sea of Love

Dana Point, CA – The Ocean Institute is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a “Sea of Love” presentation on Thursday, February 11, 2016, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Learn about romance under the sea with our Director of Laboratory Programs, Linda Blanchard, who will discuss reproduction and mating rituals of aquatic life.  This lecture is intended for mature audiences, ages 14 and up.

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Underwater Parks Day

Dana Point, CA – The Ocean Institute will join in the celebration of Underwater Parks Day on Saturday, January 16, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Learn about and explore the species, habitats and resources that make our ocean exceptional.  Visitors can learn about and explore our local Dana Point State Marine Conservation Area (DPSMCA) and understand the importance of protected areas such as this.  Guided Tidepool hikes, sea urchin dissections and other activities will highlight this amazing environment and animals that live just feet from our door. 

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Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program

Dana Point, CA – The Ocean Institute will offer Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Programs for children ages 2 & 3 and their parents on Tuesdays, January 26 – March 1, 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. 

You and your child can join us for this six-week adventure exploring shapes, colors, textures, and more with everyone’s favorite tide pool animal, the sea star! Each Tuesday session includes exploration, an animal encounter, and an activity.

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2015 Ocean Institute Winter Programs for Children

Dana Point, CA – Registration is open for the Ocean Institute’s two winter programs that immerse children in ocean science and maritime history.  The programs are:

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Holiday Cruises & Sails at the Ocean Institute

Dana Point, CA – Enjoy a holiday cruise or sail at the Ocean Institute!

The Ocean Institute will offer a “Ho Ho Haul Away” tall ship sail onboard its schooner Spirit of Dana Point on Saturday, December 12, 1-4 p.m.  Sail with Santa, take a turn at the helm, watch the crew fire the gun and spend time with crew members making a holiday keepsake.

Cost is $50 adults, $33 for children ages 4-12.  (Members:  $46 adults, $31 children.) 

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Spooky Seas Animal Presentations

Dana Point, CA – The Ocean Institute will present Spooky Seas Animal Presentations with live animals from Adventures in Science on Saturday, October 24.  Presentation times are 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Special guests include spooky spiders and slithering snakes.  Visit our Ecology Center Lab between animal presentations to build your very own Vampire Squid Rocket.  Cost is included in the regular price of admission; Ocean Institute members free.  Weekend hours are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Deep Diving Submersible, Catamaran Mothership Open for Tours Before Presentation by Chief Pilot Chris Welsh on Sept. 30

Dana Point, CA – The Ocean Institute is pleased to welcome Chris Welsh, chief pilot for Deep Sub LLC, who will offer tours of his deep diving submersible and catamaran mothership on Wednesday, Sept. 30, beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation on his work. Deep Sub LLC operates a deep diving submersible and mothership capable of going to depths of 36,000 feet; following the ship and sub tours, Welsh will talk about the sub’s design, dive locations, planned exploration and scientific goals.

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Ocean Institute Names Dori Dennis Moorehead New President and CEO
Former Executive Director of The California Museum in Sacramento & O.C. Native

Dana Point, CA –­ The Ocean Institute today announced its Board of Directors has named Dori Dennis Moorehead as its new President and Chief Executive Officer after completing a nationwide search initiated earlier this year.  Ms. Moorehead, 45, most recently served as Executive Director of The California Museum in Sacramento, the State of California’s official history museum. She is also an attorney having served earlier in her career as a Judge Advocate General in the U.S. Army.

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Ocean Institute Kicks Off 11th Annual Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle

Dana Point, CA – Tickets will be on sale beginning July 7 for the 11th annual Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle, which benefits the Ocean Institute and participating nonprofit organizations. Ticket buyers will have the chance to win a beautiful, $1.2 million Laguna Beach home or $1 million in cash, winner’s choice.

The Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle is the most successful home raffle in California, said raffle director Doug Abramson: “We’ve awarded the Grand Prize every year, plus millions of dollars of other prizes.”

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Ocean Institute Presents 31st Annual Tall Ships Festival

Dana Point, CA – The Ocean Institute will present its 31st annual Tall Ships Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 & 13th , 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., with a beautiful parade of sail on Friday, September 11th from 4:30-7:30pm. Come and explore the majesty and wonder of tall ships through the smells, sounds and sights of these amazing vessels. Throughout the festival we will be exploring Myths, Legends and Lore of the Sea. Mermaids will be visiting the Institute this year and will delight all ages swimming in our large tank.

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Ocean Institute Celebrates World Oceans Day

Dana Point, CA – Come explore the oceans of the world on Saturday & Sunday, June 6 & 7, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Ocean Institute! World Oceans Day allows us to celebrate the oceans’ wide array of wonders and resources and to consider ways that each of us can help with ocean conservation. Come and explore the wonders of the ocean with us:

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Ocean Institute Opens to Public Seven Days a Week
Sea Star Stroll Fundraiser to Kick-Off the Grand Opening

Dana Point, CA – On Saturday, May 16, 2015 the Ocean Institute will celebrate the grand opening of Headlands and Beyond: A Hands-On Exploration that will be open to the public seven days a week. These hands-on exhibits complete the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center project. Preceding the grand opening will be an 8 a.m. Sea Star Stroll fundraising walk (registration available at www.seastarstroll.com) which ends at the Ocean Institute.

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Ocean Institute Welcomes Swiss Family Traveling Around the World on April 11

Dana Point, CA – The Ocean Institute is pleased to welcome a presentation by the Schwörers, a Swiss family sailing, walking and climbing around the world, on Saturday, April 11, noon. The Schwörers are members of the TOP to TOP Global Climate Expedition, and climbed from the highest point on the North American continent, Mt. McKinley/Denali, to the lowest point, Death Valley, using only wind and human power. They offer public presentations to inspire their listeners to preserve the planet.

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San Clemente Resident Jim Schmitt Named Ocean Institute’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year

Dana Point, CA – The Ocean Institute is pleased to announce that Jim Schmitt of San Clemente has been selected as its 2015 Volunteer of the Year. Jim has been a volunteer since 1997, and has devoted more than 5,500 hours to the Institute. He has volunteered at the gift shop, for weekend public programs, the information booth and many other roles.

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2015 Ocean Institute Summer Camps for Children

Registration opens March 16 for the Ocean Institute’s week-long summer camps that teach children about ocean science and maritime history. Summer programs begin June 22 and introduce kids to the tiny world of microscopic plankton to the open seas to look for large sea creatures—seals, dolphins and whales. Maritime history programs introduce kids to the Golden Era of Sail.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day at the Ocean Institute

Dana Point, CA – Show your appreciation to your parents on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, and Father’s Day, June 21, with a visit to the Ocean Institute. On these days, the Institute will offer:

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2015 Spring Break Camps for Kids Offer Discovery and Education at Ocean Institute

Dana Point, CA – Registration is open for two Spring break camps that teach children about ocean science, Junior Neptunes for kids ages 6-8 & Junior Oceanographer for kids ages 9-12, on Tuesday, April 7, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The programs include:

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Sea of Love: Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Ocean Institute

Dana Point, CA – The Ocean Institute is celebrating Valentine’s Day with its annual “Sea of Love” program on Sunday, February 15, 2015, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Come share the love this Valentine’s Day and learn about relationships under the sea. Find out which animals stay in love forever and which are not so willing to commit to a lifetime of love.

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Ocean Institute Joins in Celebration of 2015 Underwater Parks Day

Dana Point, CA – The Ocean Institute will join in the celebration of the 7th annual Underwater Parks Day on Saturday, January 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Learn about and explore the species, habitats and resources that make our ocean exceptional. Visitors can learn about up-cycling during craft time, find out more ways to explore the beauty of our oceans with our SCUBA display, understand the importance of MPAs with games and a Citizen Science tour through our new learning center, and discover the wonderful ways the ocean helps heal us.

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Bioluminescence Cruises in 2015

Dana Point, CA – Learn about the exciting luminous underwater world just waiting to shine! The Ocean Institute will offer evening Bioluminescence cruises aboard its RV Sea Explorer throughout 2015, providing a unique opportunity to learn about the remarkable ability of some marine animals to glow in the dark and to witness this curiously beautiful phenomenon.

Upcoming cruises: April 18, May 16, June 12 & 13, July 17 & 18, August 14 & 15, Sept. 19, Oct. 10.