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 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
Bring out the ‘Little Naturalist’ in your child and discover how
humans are connected to the ocean, using different ocean animals
as examples. Each Tuesday session of parent-and-me classes
includes sensory exploration stations, an art
project and a science activity. This program is
suitable for children ages three-and-a-half to four years old
with parental support.
Join us aboard the R/V Sea Explorer for a festive
holiday cruise around the beautiful Dana Point Harbor
during the annual Parade of Lights! Guests will enjoy
holiday mood music as well as wine, sweets, and hot beverages.
Cannons were an important form of communication and protection
aboard the Brig Pilgrim and all tall ships. Come to
this WILD Weekend to learn how cannons were utilized in the
sailing days of Richard Henry Dana Jr. and build you own cannon
out of upcycled materials.
Your ticket includes admission to Ocean Institute to enjoy our
maritime themed activities, tours, and exhibits.
Join us for a walking tour around the beautiful and historic Dana
Point Harbor. This family friendly tour teaches about the
history and development of the harbor, from Native Americans to
the recreational harbor we have today. On the tour you will
explore historical ruins with our expert guides who
will teach you how to spot local marine animals along the