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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!


Beach Cleanup Opportunities

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 bags! 

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*2020 Cleanup dates will be available for sign ups at the end of December


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Family Field Trip
Watershed Lab & Cruise

Just because school is out doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. 

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. 


Whale and Marine Life Tour

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. 

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Whale and Marine Life Cruise
Veteran's Day Special

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. 


Capture the King Tide Nature Walk

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.


Tiny Tots: Mighty Mariners 2020
Parent and Me Program

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 am