Ocean Institute Joins in Celebration of 2015 Underwater Parks Day

Press Release

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.

The day is a coordinated event by marine science centers throughout Southern California to educate the public about the statewide network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and explain the need for these “underwater parks.” Staff at the Ocean Institute, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Birch Aquarium/Museum at Scripps in La Jolla, and other local partners will celebrate recreation and conservation along Southern California’s coast. Visitors will learn more about MPAs by finding out about their benefits and exploring ocean sustainability.


The Ocean Institute is an ocean education center that offers in-depth Marine Science, Maritime History and Outdoor Education programs. The facility includes state-of-the-art teaching labs, the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center, two historic tallships, and an oceanographic research vessel. Immersion-based field trips range from one-hour science labs to multi-day programs at sea. All programs are designed to maximize immersion, spark curiosity, and inspire a deep commitment to learning. Ocean-based exhibits are open to the public seven days a week. Visitors can explore the underwater world while participating in fun activities designed to indulge ocean curiosity. Throughout the year, the Ocean Institute also offers organized family programs, summer camps, cruises, tallship sails, and other unique events including our annual Toshiba Tall Ships Festival and the Festival of Whales.

Address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, CA 92629
Website: www.ocean-institute.org
Phone: (949) 496-2274

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