Field Trips


Field Trips


Free teacher membership
Admission, discounts & early registration, and special events!

The Ocean Institute is excited to offer a free individual membership to all teachers! 

The membership includes year-round admission to the Ocean Institute, discount on activities such as whale watching, early registration for special events, and 10% off at the Laurena G. Chambers Gallery Book and Gift store. 

Visit us to be inspired by our STEM offerings, and get some ideas to take back to your classroom! 


Teacher Appreciation Day

Thank you to the teachers who joined us for our Teacher Appreciation Day on Saturday, April 23.

The teachers enjoyed lunch and learned about Ocean Institute’s exciting STEM-driven programs and how Ocean Institute is ready for NGSS!

Following lunch, the teachers moved cargo like a sailor, tested their team building by crossing a river with platagators, and analyzed water samples on our Maddie James Seaside Learning Center. These are all authentic-learning activities their students would complete during a field trip to the Ocean Institute.


Tribute to Stephen Hillenburg
The Washington Post: SpongeBob’s incredible journey from ‘Bob the Sponge’ in a marine institute’s comic book to global stardom

By Meagan Flynn

November 28 at 6:47 AM

The most beloved cartoon sponge of a generation spent most of his life in a pineapple under the sea, but he was born in a marine biology institute in Dana Point, Calif., in 1989.