At Home Learning


At Home Learning
Making Learning Fun

If you can’t come to Ocean Institute, we want to bring Ocean Institute to you!  A variety of topics will be covered including ocean science, ocean conservation, and maritime history. Lessons include a video resource and an educational activity for you to try at home.

Is there a specific topic you want us to cover? We would love your feedback!


The Scoop on Poop
Lesson Eight

Poop may be a gross topic to most, but it’s actually a very important part of biology! Have you ever wondered how a digestive system really works? Or why poop is an important part of an ecosystem? Use this lesson to discover the “Scoop on Poop” with hands-on activities including making your own version of a digestive system! 


Dress Like a Sailor
Lesson Seven

Take a tour of our Tallship, The Spirit of Dana Point, with our Maritime Manager, Kristin McGowan. After you have toured the ship, Kristin will take you into the Maritime History Center and teach you how to dress like a sailor on a budget.


Lesson Six

Cannons are very important aboard a Tall Ship. Cannons were used mainly for communication. Cannons signaled when you arrived in port, are open to trade with and many other important messages. They were also used for defense when needed. Learn more about our cannon aboard our The Spirit of Dana Point with our Maritime Manager, Kristin McGowan. You will then make your own cannon you can fire at home out of upcycled materials. After you have engineered and fired your cannon, test your knowledge with our activity sheets.


Upcycled Jellies
Lesson Five

This lesson explores the anatomy and life cycle of the moon jelly. Moon jellies are named that because their see through bell (medusa) looks like the moon. While moon jellies have never been to the moon, they have been to space! The Columbia took 2,500  jelly polyps and ephyrae into orbit to study the effects of weightlessness on their development in 1991. Watch the video to learn the basics about moon jellies and make your very own! Then test your knowledge with our activity sheets.


Blubber Glove
Lesson Four

Blubber is essential for marine mammals for warmth, protection, buoyancy, and more. Learn all about blubber and make your own blubber glove in this lesson with Andrea Smith. After you have watched the video and made your blubber glove, continue learning with our activity sheets in the Test Your Knowledge section below. Select your grade level and learn more about blubber and marine mammals.


Tying Knots
Lesson Three

Join the Director of Maritime, Dan Goldbacher, aboard the Brig Pilgrim and learn how to tie basic knots. You will need a piece of line (rope) and patience. Follow his step by step instructions to get the basic knots down before you go sailing next! The skill of tying a great knot is essential to the life of a sailor and could be the difference between life and death aboard a Tall Ship. Once you have mastered the knots, learn more with out activity sheets. 


Lesson Two

Did you know you can hear like a dolphin? Tune into lesson two all about echolocation of our At Home Learning Series to find out how. Our Public Program Weekend Manager, Andrea Smith, tell you all about echolocation and show you how you can test out echolocation with simple household items.


Sharks and Rays
Lesson One

Thank you for tuning into lesson one of our new At Home Learning series. In this lesson you will watch a feeding of our Sharks and Rays and learn more about these amazing animals from our Public Programs Weekday Manager, Megan Peterson