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Since 1981, the Ocean Institute has showcased Pilgrim as a unique
and effective floating educational platform for learners of all
ages. Over 300,000 K-12 students from all walks of life
have had the opportunity to step back in time and live the life
of a sailor in the 1830s. Students spend the night on Pilgrim
participating in a powerful, hands-on program where they master
crucial leadership, critical-thinking, and teamwork skills and
experience history well beyond the four walls of any on-land
Today, Pilgrim and her life-changing programs need your help. Her
hull is nearly 75 years old and is in peril. This
spectacular vessel is truly showing her age. In an effort
to sustain the ship’s unmatched impact on education as the most
unique classroom in California, we must get her out of the water
for experts to assess what next steps are critically needed to
save her life.
The Ocean Institute is a 501c(3) organization committed to
expanding awareness and understanding of marine environments of
the guests who visit. Using labs, aquaria, off-shore experiences,
and artifacts, the Ocean Institute works to inspire actions of
learning, sustainability, and conservation. Our collections are
reflective of these ideas and support the educational
opportunities we provide for schools and the community.
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 chaging for these students, as many have never seen the ocean, or been on a boat before.
The LegaSea Society celebrates those who have included Ocean
Institute in their estate plans with a future gift through a
bequest, an alternative planned gift, or an outright gift to
Ocean Institute’s Endowment Fund.