Ocean Institute welcomes tax-deductible contributions throughout the year to:
(1) Deliver proven ocean-based educational programs to underserved students from Title I schools,
(2) Maintain and upgrade its historic tall ships, research vessel and onshore science labs, and
(3) Recruit, train and reward a professional, dedicated team of educators to ensure that children receive a life-changing experience at Ocean Institute.
The cause for protecting our oceans through meaningful education, here in our community, needs you. We hope you will consider helping us with your continued support. With your help, the Ocean Institute is uniquely poised to shape and inspire the next generation of innovators and environmental advocates and we hope you will consider making a gift.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.