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!
Looking to give back to the ocean and your community? Join us for
a two hour Beach Cleanup!
Ocean Institute beach cleanups removed over 1,000 pounds of trash
in 2018. Help us prevent even more trash from entering our ocean
in 2019. Please wear closed toed shoes and bring a refillable
water bottle. Those 16 and younger must be accompanied by an
adult. Ocean Institute will provide trash pickers and
Select the “Book Now” button below to sign up.
*2020 Cleanup dates will be available for sign ups at the end of
At no cost to you, Amazon will make a donation to the Ocean
Institute for eligible items purchased on Amazon.com. All you need to do is
register the Ocean Institute as your favorite charity and then go
to smile.amazon.com to
Just because school is out doesn’t mean the learning has to
Bring the whole family to experience one of our most popular
school programs: Watershed Science. Adults and children will be
immersed in our hands-on activities that are both educational and
engaging for all.
Join our marine educators in exploring the ocean from top to
bottom, while searching for some of the world’s largest and
smallest creatures, including dolphins and whales, during our
2.5-hour long marine life exploration cruise.
Join our marine educators for a special Veteran’s
Day Whale and Marine Life Cruise. Exploring the ocean
from top to bottom, while searching for some of the world’s
largest and smallest creatures, including dolphins and whales,
during our 2-hour long marine life exploration cruise.
Join us to learn about tides and how sea level rise is impacting
our local coastline, then head to the local marine protected area
to document the effects of the King Tides as a citizen scientist
for the California King Tide Project.
Join us for this six-week, maritime themed series that will
stretch your child’s imagination through creative
play, supporting language development, social
interaction, and problem solving. Each Tuesday session includes
exploration, an animal encounter and an activity. This program is
suitable for ages 2-3 years old, with parental support.
Dates and Times:
Tuesday Mornings, January 14- February 18, from 9:30 am-10:30