High School / College


High School, College, & Adult

Maritime Field Trip 6 hours

NEW! Maritime Leadership Academy
Middle & High School

The Maritime Leadership Program utilizes traditional sailing skills to help youth develop life-long leadership skills This program provides students with a unique opportunity to step off familiar ground as they step onto a tall ship!

Students visit the Ocean Institute where they will learn about the mechanics behind sailing through completing the “rigging challenge” and other hands on activities, put their communication, leadership, and team work skills to practice as they row in the Dana Point harbor and take Spirit of Dana Point out to sea. 

Maritime Field Trip 45 Minutes

Private Pilgrim Tour
All Ages

Step back in time and explore the journey around Cape Horn as described by Richard Henry Dana in Two Years Before the Mast.

What you’ll see: View the galley, stern, and bow of the ship before heading below decks to the main hold, where the ship’s cargo would have been stored. Explore the ship in detail while learning about the shipboard life of sailors of the past.

Science Field Trip 4 hours

Advanced Floating Lab
Grades 9-college 

Student oceanographers apply sampling and research protocols for water chemistry and biological monitoring. This course is flexible and can be modified to meet individual teacher requests. For advanced students, an optional research component can be added as students participate in a chlorophyll productivity analysis. Equipment available includes an otter trawl net, plankton net, benthic grab sampler, water capture bottles, secchi disk, forelule scales, and a weather navigation station.

Science Field Trip 1 hour

Ocean Institute Tidepool Junior Naturalist Program
Grades Pre-K - 6th

A one hour lab program ideal for small groups (up to 25 participants) including homeschools, scout troops, and special education groups. The curriculum is based on good tide pooling rules.

Science Field Trip 4 hours

Human Impact on Coastal Ecosystems Lab/Cruise
Grades 9-college

This is an advanced program designed for high school and college students to investigate impacts on our local marine ecosystems. The lab includes ocean chemistry, invasive species of Dana Point harbor, and a fish necropsy. Students will use scientific tools including water quality probes, iPads, quadrats and microscopes to determine the magnitude of ecological disturbance.

Distance Learning Site visit

Special Needs
Grades Pre K-12

Nine different programs are designed to meet your students’ interests and ability levels, whether you want the excitement of live marine animals or the challenge of a squid or fish dissection. Through observation and interaction, students will dive into the world of hands-on science!