Underwater Parks Day

Press Release

Dana Point, CA – The Ocean Institute will join in the celebration of Underwater Parks Day on Saturday, January 16, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Learn about and explore the species, habitats and resources that make our ocean exceptional.  Visitors can learn about and explore our local Dana Point State Marine Conservation Area (DPSMCA) and understand the importance of protected areas such as this.  Guided Tidepool hikes, sea urchin dissections and other activities will highlight this amazing environment and animals that live just feet from our door. 

The day is a coordinated event by marine science centers throughout Southern California to educate the public about the statewide network of Marine Protected and Conservation Areas and explain the need for these “underwater parks.”  Join us as we celebrate recreation and conservation along Southern California’s coast. 

Activities are included with general weekend admission.


The Ocean Institute is an ocean education center that offers in-depth Marine Science, Maritime History and Outdoor Education programs. The facility includes state-of-the-art teaching labs, the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center, two historic tallships, and an oceanographic research vessel. Immersion-based field trips range from one-hour science labs to multi-day programs at sea. All programs are designed to maximize immersion, spark curiosity, and inspire a deep commitment to learning. Ocean-based exhibits are open to the public seven days a week. Visitors can explore the underwater world while participating in fun activities designed to indulge ocean curiosity. Throughout the year, the Ocean Institute also offers organized family programs, summer camps, cruises, tallship sails, and other unique events including our annual Toshiba Tall Ships Festival and the Festival of Whales.

Address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, CA 92629
Website: www.ocean-institute.org
Phone: (949) 496-2274

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