Since 1977, the Ocean Institute has used the ocean as its
classroom to inspire children to learn. By examining the
natural world around them, students experience science through an
inquiry-based, immersive learning model.
Innovative dockside and at-sea programs are offered aboard
the Pilgrim and Spirit of Dana
Point. Our living history programs, beyond teaching history,
allow students to become sailors in Revolutionary War America,
hide gatherers of R.H. Dana’s Two Years Before the Mast, and
Argonauts traveling to the California Gold Rush to make their
fortunes. Programs at-sea include Catalina sailing adventures and
hands-on day-sails aboard the Spirit of Dana Point.
Since the 1980’s the Ocean Institute has partnered with the Lazy
W Ranch to offer unique residential outdoor education experiences
The Lazy W Ranch has accommodations for up to 140 people
and is located in the foothills of the Santa Ana
Mountains outside of San Juan Capistrano. Surrounded by the
Cleveland National Forest, it provides a remote wilderness
setting while being easily accessible from Orange, LA, San Diego,
and Riverside Counties.
Let the Ocean Institute bring the ocean into your classroom! For
over 25 years, our Visiting Classroom programs have brought
engaging, educational activities to local students. These
programs replicate the unique, immersive style of learning that
students experience at the Ocean Institute. This is not a lecture
or auditorium presentation. Students explore the world of science
with hand-on activities and interactions with live tide pool
animals. These programs provide a cost effective way for students
to participate in a rich science experience.