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Ocean Institute

  • 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
    Dana Point CA 92629
  • Phone: (949) 496-2274
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The Ocean Institute has become nationally known for its hands-on marine science, environmental and ocean education and maritime history programs. More than 115,000 K-12 students and 8,000 teachers annually participate in the Institute's 61 award-winning, immersion style programs. To learn about ocean facts, sea creatures, oceanography, science, and California history, students voyage onto the ocean, study in labs and live aboard tall ships or in the chaparral, where they can feel and taste the salty sea spray, sort through live specimens, observe migrating whales, collect scientific data and investigate the culture and world around them. On weekends, we open our doors to the public for a sneak peek into how ocean science, history, and literature are used to inspire life-long learners! We welcome you to come explore our world and plan your next visit to the Institute.

Ocean Institute Summer Camps

  • June 19, 2017 to August 14, 2017
  • Address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629
  • Venue: Ocean Institute
  • Times: Starting: 9:00 AM
  • Admission: Camps range in price
  • Recurrence: (Every Monday)
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Sign up your child for an adventure they will never forget! Campers will explore local tidepools, kayak around Dana Point Harbor, search for whales off the coast, or set sail for adventure on our tall...

Tiny Tots: Parent and Me Program

  • July 11, 2017 to August 15, 2017
  • Address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629
  • Venue: Ocean Institute
  • Times: From: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Admission: $30.00 per session/$150.00 for series
  • Recurrence: (Every Tuesday)
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You and your child are invited to join us for this six-week adventure exploring shapes, colors, textures, and more with everyone’s favorite tidepool animal, the sea star! Each Tuesday session in...