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Holiday Lights Viewing Party
Celebrate the 2019 Tiki Holiday With Us!

Friday, December 6 | 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Enjoy the holidays with the Ocean Institute at our Annual Holiday Lights Viewing Party for the Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights. This year’s Boat Parade of Lights theme is “Tiki Holiday.” Guests are invited to view the parade from our one-of-a-kind setting that only the Ocean Institute can provide!


Donate Stock

If you wish to donate stock/investments, please route to:

Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. 
DTC Clearing 0164, Code 40 
For the account of: Ocean Institute 

Account # 8125-9993 

Please email Lane Avery with the transaction and settlement date:


Sponsor a Trip of a Lifetime


Our Adopt-A-Class program enables underserved students from Title I schools across California, to visit the Ocean Institute for hands-on STEM education. The Adopt-A-Class program is crucial to give these students the opportunity to take their learning beyond the classroom. The program is truly life changing for these students, as many have never seen the ocean, or been on a boat before.

With your generosity, underserved students from Title I Schools in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties will have an opportunity to learn marine science, maritime history and study the ocean environment while having fun! The cost of $2,500 funds program fees for up to 45 underserved students plus bus transportation. 

Any amount contributed makes a difference!

Learn more about Adopt-A-Class here

Click here to make a donation to the Ocean Institute’s Adopt-A-Class Program.


Junior Board of Directors

Ocean Institute is pleased to announce recruitment for our inaugural Junior Board of Directors (JBD). The purpose of the JBD is to support engage early/mid-career professionals in a pathway toward Board of Director participation at the Ocean Institute or other non-profits. In addition to gaining insights and skills related to board participation, JBD members will apply their own expertise and skills to support the mission of Ocean Institute: Using the Ocean as Our Classroom, We Inspire Children to Learn.

The JBD will meet no more than 6 times a year, usually paired with an Ocean Institute event to enable JBD members to participate. The proposed schedule for 2020 is as follows:

Date                            Related Ocean Institute Event

Jan (TBD)                   Shark Bites: Unveiling of the Sahm Marine Education Center

March 27th                  Jazz Festival (Friday)

June (TBD)                 Summer Kickoff

September 11             Tall Ships Sails n Ales

October (TBD)            Volunteer Holiday Party

December (TBD)        Ocean Institute Holiday Party

*NOTE: Meetings will also be run via zoom for those who need to participate remotely

In addition to becoming an ambassador for the Ocean Institute the JBD will be tasked to support the design and development of one event annually that aligns with and ignites participation of early-mid career professionals.

The Junior Board of Director participants will be expected to give-or-get $1000 annually. Ideally, $500 is due upon induction and the remaining $500 can be contributed over the following 6 months. Should the initial $500 be prohibitive, arrangements can be discussed.

Junior Board members will receive:

  • Ocean Institute “Swag” (Name tag, hat, t-shirt, etc.)
  • One ticket to the Jazz Festival Friday event
  • One ticket to Sails n Ales and two tickets to the Tall Ships Festival
  • Two tickets to the holiday member party

To learn more, please join us on December 6th at 5pm for an information meeting prior to our Holiday Lights party. We welcome you to stay for the party and bring one guest at no charge. Please RSVP to

If you are unable to attend the meeting on December 6th but would like to learn more, please contact Wendy Marshall at

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Sea of Stars

This provides general operating support to be recognized with a named “star” in the Sea of Stars pathway in the main courtyard.  This opportunity is available for 5-year pledges of $50,000 ($10,000 per year); however, one-time gifts or two-year pledges would have more immediate impact.

Learn more about Sea of Stars here.

For more information, contact Selina Anderson, Development Associate at



Brings underserved Title I students to the ocean for the first time.  The grant would provide ten, day programs or five, two-day programs using the learning labs, Surf Deck, and the research vessel.  Adopt-A-Class funding covers the cost of bringing students to the Ocean Institute and provides essential general support for the teaching staff.  This grant would be recognized with a prominently placed plaque on the donor wall in the Ocean Institute’s main lobby.

For more information, contact Selina Anderson, Development Associate at


Naming Opportunity for the Spirit of Dana Point’s Deck

This gift will fund the urgently needed new deck on the Spirit of Dana Point. The Spirit of Dana Point is a truly unique teaching platform where students experience authentic life at sea as it has been for hundreds of years.  The 118-ft. schooner is used throughout the year for living history and at-sea maritime programs that build 21st Century skills of teamwork, critical thinking, communication, and leadership. The sponsor will be recognized with a plaque on the “King Plank” and signage on the Maritime Wharf seen by thousands along the harbor’s public walkway.

For more information, contact Dr. Wendy Marshall, President of Education and Operations, at


Naming Opportunity for the Surf Science Learning Center

This gift will fund general operations (can occur over two years if needed). The Surf Science Learning Center engages students in investigations related to the science on surf, sand study, underwater robotics, and watershed science. The sponsor’s name will be prominently placed on the building outside of this indoor/outdoor lab area.

For more information, contact Dr. Wendy Marshall, President of Education and Operations, at


Naming Opportunity for the Surf Deck Center

This gift will fund general operations and be recognized with a surf-themed plaque on the Surf Deck. The gift can occur over two years if needed. This multi-use space is the most impressive location on the campus with its unobstructed view of the Pacific. In addition to serving as the home to 8,000 students annually during day and overnight programs, the Surf Deck hosts events including distinguished speakers, educational conferences, collaborative partner thinktanks, VIP and corporate receptions, and community gatherings. It is the jewel of the organization.

For more information, contact Dr. Wendy Marshall, President of Education and Operations, at