Volunteer Corner


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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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’ 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!