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Tall Ships Festival Needs You!
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The 34th Annual Tall Ships Festival Needs You!

The Tall Ships Festival is just around the corner and we need awesome volunteers to make it a hit! Please click here to sign-up to volunteer. 


CORRECTION: Tall Ships Festival Training
Training edits: August 23rd and 25th

Good morning everyone,

Please note there is a correction regarding our Tall Ships Training dates/times. Tall Ships training will take place on:

Thursday August 23th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm 


Saturday August 25th from 10:00am to 11:30am.

Please only attend one training shift. *

Sign up here: http://signup.com/go/1S6syZ  *


Tall Ships Festival, Updates and More

Tall Ships Festival

We are expecting over 8,000 participants to join us from September 7th to the 9th for our BIGGEST event of the year: Tall Ships Festival! During the festival, a fleet of tall ships occupy the harbor and history comes alive as crews engage the public in cannon battles, pirate adventures, mermaid encounters, ship tours, food trucks, beer gardens, marine education, and much more.

Happy World Ocean's Day

‘O-fishial’ June 2018 Newsletter
Happy World Oceans Day!

Tour Days

Public Programs is excited to announce our “Tour Days.” Monday – Friday, public visitors will purchase tour tickets to a variety of different tours offered throughout the day.


MPA Watch Training

Good Afternoon Ocean Institute Volunteers,


Grunion Night!
June 1


Friday, June 1 @ 10pm

Doheny volunteers Tom and Marilyn Wenzel and Park Interpreter Vicki Wiker present the annual Grunion Night program. The annual Grunion Night Program will be held in Picnic Area A, to be followed by a walk down to the beach to hopefully see the grunion hit the shore after 11:15 PM. Parking is free & no RSVP necessary. June 1st still falls in the “No Take” grunion season, so we’re going to watch, not capture any of these little critters. The Visitor Center will be open from 9 to 9:45 PM.


‘O-fishial’ May 2018 Newsletter
WILD Times!

We’ve Moved! 

Desks at Ocean Institute have moved around. Please see Nadine at the front desk if you need a map to find someone specific. Please remember that lockers are available for storage of personal items and any meals should be eaten in the break room. 

Hails and Sails

Please join me in welcoming these new volunteers to the team! 

Sea you at the quarterly meeting!

Quarterly Volunteer Meeting
We need your opinion!

There will be a volunteer meeting on Thursday, April 19th at 5:30 pm in Samueli Conference Center. We will be discussing current events at Ocean Institute, WILD Weekends, weekday activities, introducing new staff and old staff in new roles, Earth Day Celebration, animal updates, and much more! 


Grunion Season
It's time for the run...the grunion run

Hello Volunteers! 

Grunion season is here and visitors have questions. Please use this link to read more about grunion season so you can better answer visitor questions. 


Happy Grunion Season!


RSVP By Tomorrow
Don't Forget!

The RSVP deadline for the Volunteer Awards Banquet is tomorrow (Friday, February 23 by 5:00 pm). Please get your RSVP in by close of business tomorrow so I can get an accurate count to the caterer.

Please note on your RSVP if you would like a vegetarian meal. 


‘O-fishial’ February 2018 Newsletter
The Banquet and More!

Volunteer Awards Banquet!

Please RSVP no later then February 23, 2018


Please join me in welcoming our newest volunteers!

Alexis Elias      Andreas Sinharoy      Anna Lozano
Anthony Sogg    Nick Yoshioka      Zachary Hankin


Free Rooftop Movie Screening
Cambodian Rock Band

Good Afternoon,

South Coast Repertory and The Frida Cinema would like to invite you and your community to a FREE Rooftop Movie Screening.

On Sunday, February 25, in anticipation of their new play Cambodian Rock Band,  South Coast Repertory Theatre partners with The Frida Cinema in a special free outdoor community presentation of the critically-acclaimed 2015 documentary Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll!


Last Chance for…
...Completing the 2017 Volunteer Survey

Volunteer Survey Closing Today!

Today is your last chance to fill out the 2017 Volunteer Survey. If you have not completed the survey please do so before today at 10:00 pm. 

Click here to complete survey! 

You can also copy and paste this link into your browser:


‘O-fishial’ January 2018 Newsletter

In This Issue:

Girls in Ocean Science
Tide Pool Hikes
Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program
Jazz Festival

Jazz Festival: Volunteers Wanted

The Jazz Festival signup.com calendar is now open to volunteers. Click here to sign up.


Volunteer Halloween Party
Get your spook on!

Volunteer Halloween Party! 

Tuesday, October 17
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Surf Science Deck

Join us for Halloween fun, food, and games!

Evening Includes….

Heavy appetizers from Sundried Tomato 
Drinks (boo’s for those old enough and soda/water for those not old enough or who want it) will be provided.
Costume Contest

What to bring: 

-Appetizers or desserts – put your own spooky spin on it.

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Halloween Is Coming!

‘O-fishial’ October 2017 Newsletter

‘O-fishial’ October 2017 Newsletter

Check out the articles below for what’s happening this fall at Ocean Institute! 

We need volunteers for these events (read more about them below): 
Spooky Seas: October 27 & 28, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm shift 
Opera at the High Seas: October 22, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm shift 

To sign up, go to signup.com or email andrea at asmith@oceaninstitute.org 

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‘O-fishial’ September 2017 Newsletter

‘O-fishial’ September 2017 Newsletter 

Tall Ships Festival 2017 is a Wrap! 

Tall Ships Festival 2017

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California Cleans Up!

‘O-fishial’ August 2017 Newsletter Part 2

‘O-fishial’ August 2017 Newsletter Part 2

Bonus Days and an Appreciation Prize Drawing

Win a $25 Visa Gift card in our “Bonus Day Volunteer Drawing!” -your name will be entered to win when you volunteer for one of the dates below. One winner will be drawn per day. Anyone from any department that volunteers will be entered to win. 

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‘O-fishial’ August 2017 Newsletter

‘O-fishial’ August 2017 Newsletter

The Tall Ships Festival Needs Volunteers

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‘O-fishial’ June 2017 Newsletter

‘O-fishial’ June 2017 Newsletter 

Dr. Chris Lowe is Coming to OI!

Guest Lecture Series: Sharks
June 15, 2017 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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‘O-fishial’ May 2017 Newsletter Part II

‘O-fishial’ May 2017 Newsletter Part II 

There is so much happening in the next few weeks we just had to do another newsletter with updates! 

Memorial Day – Bonus Day

Memorial Day is a bonus day! This means we will have all of our great weekend programming for weekday pricing. This means we need a normal weekend rotation of volunteers to man all of the animal stations and more. If you have part of Monday open please email Andrea to sign up (asmith@oceaninstitute.org). We need as many volunteers as we can get. 

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‘O-fishial’ May 2017 Volunteer Newsletter

‘O-fishial’ May 2017 Volunteer Newsletter

Summer Kick Off BBQ Potluck – Volunteer Quarterly Meeting

Information, Food, Fun, and Fin Whales
Wednesday, June 7 at 4:00 pm 

Please join us for our summer volunteer quarterly meeting. We will be having a potluck style BBQ. Ocean Institute will provide the main dishes (burgers, hot dogs, and bratwursts); please bring a potluck style side dish, soda, or dessert.

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Thank You from Dan Pingaro

Greetings to All Ocean Institute Volunteers,

            I wanted to take this opportunity during National Volunteer Week to say thank you for your hard work and dedication. It has only taken the few short days that I have been at Ocean Institute to see the immense positive impact you have upon Ocean Institute. Your passion for ocean education and love for this institution are evident and inspires our staff, visitors, the community, and beyond.

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First Place with Style!

‘O-fishial’ April 2017 Volunteer Newsletter

‘O-fishial’ April 2017 Volunteer Newsletter

Ocean Institute Names Dan Pingaro New President and CEO

Dan Pingaro

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Reminder: Volunteer Town Hall Meeting

Volunteer Town Hall Meeting

Tomorrow – Thursday, March 16 
4:00 pm
Samueli Conference Center 

The Chair of the Ocean Institute Executive Board would like to hold a ‘Town Hall’ type meeting to update you on what’s happening in Ocean Institute and hear your thoughts. Please join us for this meeting on Thursday! 

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‘O-fishial’ March 2017 Volunteer Newsletter

‘O-fishial’ February 2017 Volunteer Newsletter

‘Town Hall’ Volunteer Meeting

Thursday, March 16 4:00 pm 
Samueli Conference Center

The Chair of the Ocean Institute Executive Board would like to hold a ‘Town Hall’ type meeting to update you on what’s happening in Ocean Institute and hear your thoughts. Please join us for this meeting on Thursday! 

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‘O-fishial’ February 2017 Volunteer Newsletter

‘O-fishial’ February 2017 Volunteer Newsletter

Volunteer Awards Banquet

‘Sailabrate’ Volunteers!


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Save the Date for the Volunteer Awards Banquet

Save the Date!

Volunteer Awards Banquet- ‘Sail’abrate Volunteers!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
5:30 pm
*formal invitation to follow


‘O-Fishial’ December Volunteer Newsletter
Holiday Happenings Edition

Holiday Lights Viewing Party

Friday, December 9 
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come to the Party!

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‘O-Fishial’ November Volunteer Newsletter

Family Movie Night Makes an Encore!

Muppet Treasure Island

Family movie night is back for an encore! Join us on Friday, November 18 for Muppet Treasure Island. There will be great activities and CA Grill Truck will be back. Get your tickets here.

We will need awesome volunteers for this event as well. If you are interested in volunteering email asmith@oceaninstitute.org
Family Movie Night!

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Maritime Barn

‘O-fishial’ October Volunteer Newsletter

Gaspar de Portola: First Governor of California

Presented by Dr. Milt McMenamin

Join us for a spell-binding evening with Dr. Milt McMenamin PhD, as he transports us to the California of the 1700’s under the administration of Spain and its highest official- Gaspar de Portola. Learn more about the legendary leader and his many adventures in New Spain. For more information on this special presentation and our own Dr. Milt McMenamin click here.

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‘O-Fishial’ August Volunteer Newsletter

It’s ‘O-fishially’ Tall Ships Festival Season and it’s time to sign up for your volunteer shift

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‘O-fishial’ July Volunteer Newsletter

Tall Ships Festival Informational Meeting

Do you want to volunteer for our Tall Ships Festival? Please come to our informational meeting and have all of the latest information! You have two options for this informational meeting: 
Saturday,  August 27 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 
Wednesday,  August 31 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Click here to sign up! 

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Calling All Tall Ships Festival Volunteers!

‘O-fishial’ June Volunteer News

Finding Nemo Party!

Sea what surprises are in store!

There is a very special surprise for our Finding Nemo Party coming up next week. Trust me you won’t want to miss it. Let’s show everyone how excited we are to connect fun with ocean education. Pass the word along about this event to whoever you think would be interested. Purchase tickets here for our Finding Nemo Party on June 17! Doors open at 5 pm and the movie starts at 6 pm in Samueli. It’s picnic style; bring a comfy blanket. 

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Umbrella Falls near Mt. Hood, Oregon

Volunteer Newsletter
March 2016

Find out more about what’s been happening at the Ocean Institute!

Meet Andrea, the newest member of the Ocean Institute Team

Hi, I’m Andrea!


St. Patrick’s Day Fun!
Join us for coffee, tea, and treats

Meet our new Volunteer and Weekend Manager, Andrea Smith as you enjoy some St. Patrick’s Day goodies!

When: Thursday, March 17 10:00-11:00 am
Where: Surf Science Sleep Deck
Feel free to bring a fun treat to share with your fellow volunteers!

Hope to see you there!


February 2016 Announcements
Ocean Institute News

It’s been a busy month at the Ocean Institute! Here are some of the highlights: 

Girls in Ocean Science Teen Conference

The Girls in Ocean Science Teen Conference on February 20 was a huge success! This sold out-event inspired a new group of future scientists. Congratulations to Karen Jhawar and the Girls in Ocean Science committee members. The next session is scheduled for March 19 and still has a few spots available. 


Volunteer Awards Ceremony
Monday, April 11 6:00-9:00 pm

Save the date! April 11, 2016 6:00-9:00 pm to celebrate volunteer service for 2015. Enjoy dinner and drinks with volunteers and staff alike as we thank you for your service to the Ocean Institute. A volunteer of the year for each department will be announced, in addition to recognizing anniversaries and hours of service. We hope to see you there! 

Formal invitations to follow. 


All-Hands for Festival of Whales

We are so excited that Festival of Whales is migrating back to the Ocean Institute March 5, 6, 12, & 13! We will need everyone’s help to make this event a success. We are in need of volunteers to manage positions such as crafts, activities, host, parking attendants, and more!