The At-Sea Acquisition and Acclimation lab is the first stop for
any organism joining our living collection. Here, incoming
organisms are monitored and carefully treated by our husbandry
team for any potential medical conditions or health concerns to
ensure a safe transition into our display tanks. The lab is
equipped with a stand-alone life support system inclusive of
chiller units, filters, and pumps.
The Spirit of Dana Point is in need of new sails and
this provides a unique naming opportunity as the sponsor’s name
and logo will be displayed on one sail of this popular schooner
and recognized with a plaque on the mast or the boom.
This gift will fund general operations. (It can be given over two
years if needed). This large teaching space in the Packard At-Sea
Center provides visiting schools with the science lab that they
never had! Equipped with high-powered microscopes, cameras,
dissection equipment, artifacts, and all the resources needed to
dive into science, this Learning Lab supports in-depth, hands-on
learning experiences for 50,000 visitors each year.
This gift will fund general operations. The Living Collections
Lab gives students a unique opportunity to get “up close and
personal” with a sampling of our coast’s local biodiversity.
Serving as the scientists, students can observe and compare
adaptations and defense strategies employed by organisms that
live within the kelp forest, benthic zone, rocky reefs, and
pelagic ocean habitats.
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.
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 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
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.