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


Ocean Institute Closed for Special Events & Holidays

The Ocean Institute will be closed to the public on the following dates:


Whale and Marine Life Tour

Whale and Marine Life Tour

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. 

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Dr. David Wilmot
Distinguished Speaker
February 28 at 6:00 pm

Join the Ocean Institute in the Samueli Conference Center for The Nicholas Endowment Distinguished Speaker Series with Dr. David Wilmot of Ocean Champions. 


Oil Spill!
WILD Weekend Series

Accidental oil spills in the ocean are an environmental disaster, but most waste oil in the ocean is not accidental. Much of the oil that spills into our ocean comes from human activity in the form of motor oil, industrial runoff, and roadway run off. Come to this WILD Weekend session to explore how oil run off impacts our ocean, prevention methods, and how difficult oil is to remove once in the ocean. 


Whale Songs and other ‘Tails’ from the Opera
Presented with Lyric Opera of Orange County

Opera returns to the Ocean Institute to help celebrate the gray whale migration! Join us for a beautiful evening of whale song, cat calls, bird trills, and other operatic animal music plus refreshments overlooking the high seas at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. An elegant evening of eclectic opera, with a view you won’t want to miss. 


Upcycled Garden Ornaments
WILD Weekend Series

Make an ocean creature out of upcycled plastic.

Did you know the ocean currently contains 5.25 trillion pieces of trash and counting? This WILD Weekend takes “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” to the next level by addressing the ever-growing issue of marine plastics pollution with an upcycled art project. Participants will be creating sea-life-shaped garden ornaments out of single-use plastics and other common sources of marine debris.



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