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

Press Release

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.

“We’re excited to welcome the Schwörers to the Ocean Institute,” remarked Dan Stetson, Ocean Institute president. “They have an amazing story to share about their worldwide travels, as well as an important message about preserving our environment.”

The Schwörers most recent travels include sailing to California from Alaska, passing through Yosemite, scaling the summit of Mt. Whitney and visiting Nevada and Arizona, giving talks to thousands along the way. They will moor their expedition sailboat ‘Pachamama’ at the Institute dock (the sailboat, however, is not open for tours).

The Schwörers are the core expedition team members, with their four children, ages 3-9, born during the expedition. Volunteers have joined the Schwörers along the way. Their yacht, Pachamama (Incan word for “Mother Earth”), is equipped with 11 solar panels and two wind turbines. The expedition started in 2000, setting out to travel to the highest top on each of the seven continents all under nature’s power and human force: Sailing – Cycling – Climbing. The family of six wants to connect with schools in all climate zones, explore top solutions to protect the planet and inspire many young people worldwide to act for the Earth’s future.

The presentation is included in the price of weekend admission, $6.50 adults and $4.50 children ages 3-12.


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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