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

Press Release

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. Open house festivities for Sea Star Stroll participants will run until 11 a.m.; general weekend admission to the facility opens at 10 a.m.; new weekend rates apply.

“It will be a great day for the Ocean Institute, as well as the community,” believes Dan Stetson, Ocean Institute president: “It’s long been our desire to be open to the public on a daily basis.”

Once open daily, guests can explore the Institute’s renewed courtyard and atrium showcasing the underwater world while participating in fun, family activities designed to indulge their ocean curiosity. On weekends, the Institute continues to offer a site-wide, immersive journey into the mysteries of the Pacific Ocean. Kindest thanks to the following groups for their generous support for the new exhibits: California State Parks, Draper Family Foundation, Bream – St. John, The Maddie James Foundation, Martin E. Sorkin Foundation, and the Sand Dollar Guild.

New public hours and admission fees (closed major holidays; check www.ocean-institute.org for updates):

Days Hours Cost Facilities Open
Weekdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $5/person;
Members and children under 2 are free
The atrium, alcove, courtyard and Maddie James Seaside Learning Center only. 
Weekends 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. $10/adult; 
Members & children under 2 are free
The atrium, alcove, courtyard, Maddie James Seaside Learning Center & Ocean Education Center.
(Includes Pilgrim tour on most Sundays, 10:00am – 2:30pm)

About the Sea Star Stroll (www.seastarstroll.com):
The walk starts at the Strand Beach parking lot, just over a mile away from the Institute, and proceeds to the Institute.  Ocean artist Wyland is serving as celebrity chair.  Funds raised will benefit the Ocean Institute.  Dan Stetson extends the Ocean Institute’s thanks to all who are serving as sponsors for the Sea Star Stroll, including: 

  • Title sponsor: Irvine BMW
  • Gold sponsors: The Chambers family, Gibson Dunn, the Steinmetz Foundation, Tappan Enterprises, Team Rudi, Greg & Sharon Wohl, Masson & Shaffer, The Strand at Headlands
  • Silver sponsor: Winspire 
  • Official shuttle sponsor: Certified Transportation

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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