Fundraising events are held year round to help support a number of causes. Come and join the fun!


Pacific Marine Exploration
An ecosystem excursion for all ages

Join our marine educators in exploring the ocean from top to bottom, while searching for some of the world’s largest and smallest creatures, including dolphins and whales, during our 2.5-hour long marine life exploration cruise. 



Capture the King Tide Nature Walk

Join us to learn about tides and how sea level rise is impacting our local coastline, then head to the local marine protected area to document the effects of the King Tides as a citizen scientist for the California King Tide Project.


Public Tidepool Hikes
Explore the world between tides!

Join the Ocean Institute for a tidepool hike led by one of our expert naturalists.


Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program
Mighty Mariners Winter 2019

Join us for this six-week, maritime themed series of exploration and play. Stretch your child’s imagination through creative play that supports language development, social interaction, and problem solving. Suitable for children ages 2 to 3 years; must be accompanied by an adult. 


Eat Like a Bird
Hunt with Different Beak Shapes

Sea and shore birds have unique physical features called adaptations that allow them to live and find prey in or near the water. Bird’s beak shape and size allow them to hunt in their environments. In this session, learn about different beak adaptations and ‘hunt’ in different environments with your specialized ’beak.’ Take your ‘beak’ home to teach all of your friends about bird adaptations. 


Killer Dana Tour

Cruise the beautiful Dana Point Harbor during this family friendly harbor cruise. Learn the history of the harbor, from Richard Henry Dana’s visit in the 1830s to world renown surf spot and recreational harbor. On the cruise, our team will share the history and ecology of the harbor.



Adults: $25.00 
Children: $10.00
Includes admission to the Ocean Institute for the day ($10.00 for adults/$7.50 children)



Making Waves

Ocean Institute programs have succeeded brilliantly in the most important mission: reaching and actively engaging the imagination of American youth.
- Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education