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Ocean Institute

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24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA
(949) 496-2274 https://www.ocean-institute.org/

April 2019

May 2019

Mother’s Day Activities at Ocean Institute

This Mother’s Day, they are offering a unique alternative to the traditional brunch. Enjoy a champagne toast while cruising along the coast in search of whales, dolphins, sea lions, and other local wildlife aboard the R/V Sea Explorer. Special Mother’s Day treats will include mimosa’s for mom, along with coffee and tea, cupcakes and fruit.

Dates:
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA
Cost:
$35 – $45

June 2019

Family Science Nights at Ocean Institute

Spend a summer evening getting “up close and personal” with local scientists. Each experience will include a presentation by a guest speaker with additional activities for kids.

Dates:
Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA
Cost:
$9 – $12

July 2019

Killer Dana Tour at Ocean Institute

Cruise the beautiful Dana Point Harbor during this family-friendly harbor cruise. On the cruise, Ocean Institute staff will share the history and ecology of the harbor.

Dates:
Sunday, July 7, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA

Adventure Sail in Dana Point

Set sail aboard the schooner Spirit of Dana Point and experience California from the perspective of an early tallship explorer. Join the crew to help raise sail, handle lines, and steer the ship, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the majesty of sailing the seas.

Dates:
Saturday, July 13, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA
Cost:
$40 – $60

Kayak Harbor Tour

Join a two-hour interactive summer tour around the Dana Point Harbor. Learn about the history of the harbor and its unique ecosystem. All experience levels, ages 12+, are welcome.

Dates:
Sunday, July 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA

August 2019

September 2019

Ocean Institute Tallships Festival

Come and explore the majesty and wonder of life at sea through the sights and sounds of real working tall ships. Interactive pirate encampments, hands-on ocean exhibits, mermaid storytelling, cannon demos and live shows.

Dates:
Friday, September 6, 2019 - Sunday, September 8, 2019
Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA

November 2019

Harbor Walking Tour in Dana Point

Join a walking tour around the beautiful and historic Dana Point Harbor. This family-friendly tour explores the history and development of the harbor, from Native Americans to the recreational harbor we have today.

Dates:
Friday, November 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA

Build an Upcycled Cannon: WILD Weekend

Cannons were an important form of communication and protection aboard the Brig Pilgrim and all tall ships. Come to this WILD Weekend to learn how cannons were utilized in the sailing days of Richard Henry Dana Jr. and build and shoot you own cannon made out of upcycled materials.

Dates:
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA

December 2019

Painting by the Sea: Holiday Ornaments

Bring the beach to your holiday by joining us to make festive ornaments. Each participant will get to create two ornaments with the instruction of Daniela.

Dates:
Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA

January 2020

Harbor Walking Tour in Dana Point

This family friendly tour teaches about the history and development of the harbor, from Native Americans to the recreational harbor there is today.

Dates:
Friday, January 3, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA
Cost:
$15

February 2020

Capture the King Tide Nature Walk in Dana Point

Join the Ocean Institute 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.

Dates:
Saturday, February 8, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA
Cost:
$5

July 2020

November 2020

December 2020

Weekend Wonderland at Ocean Institite

WEEKENDS, DECEMBER 12-27: Join in the Reindeer Games Lab to race reindeer and squid, learn about and make your own snow in The More You Snow Lab, build a miniature sand snowman in CA White Christmas Lab, and build your own holiday cards and chromatography ornaments in our Workshop. 

Dates:
Saturday, December 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA

Ocean Institute 3-Day Winter Camps

Three full-day camps to choose from: Neptune’s Mysteries for ages 5-7; Buccaneers Adventure for ages 8-10; and Coastal Explorers for ages 10-12. Limited availability! Sign up early

Dates:
Monday, December 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am - Wednesday, December 23, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA

January 2021

Inside Out: Dissections at Ocean Institute

Learn about a squid’s internal and external anatomy in this outdoor, socially distanced dissection. After, participants will be able to observe animals at the ocean institute including swell sharks, variety of fish and a California spiny lobster. Each booking will receive their own individual squid to dissect.

Dates:
Saturday, January 16
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Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA

Guided Tidepool Hikes at Ocean Institute

JANUARY 23 & 24: Join the Ocean Institute for a tidepool hike into the rocky Marine Conservation Area led by expert naturalists. Families can explore the area and search for snails, crabs, sea stars, and other animals that make the tidepools their home.  

Dates:
Saturday, January 23 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA

April 2021

Kayak Harbor Tour with Ocean Institute

SATURDAY, APRIL 10 & 24: Join the Ocean Institute for a 2-hour interactive kayak tour around the Dana Point harbor. Learn about the history of the harbor and its unique ecosystem from one of their expert Naturalists.

Dates:
Saturday, April 10
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Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA
Cost:
$40

Girls in Ocean Science Conference with Ocean Institute

APRIL 17 & 18: Join like-minded peers who are passionate about the ocean. Conduct research with leading scientists in our lab and at sea aboard the R/V Sea Explorer. Gain an understanding of the education and career pathways in ocean science.

Dates:
Saturday, April 17 - Sunday, April 18
Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA
Cost:
$50 – $60

May 2021

June 2021

Tallship ‘Spirit of Dana Point’ Sail with Ocean Institute

SATURDAY THROUGH AUGUST: Set sail aboard the schooner Spirit of Dana Point and experience California from the perspective of an early tallship explorer. Join the crew to help raise sail, handle lines, and steer the ship, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the majesty of sailing the seas aboard a tallship.

Dates:
Saturday, June 12
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Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA

August 2021

September 2021

Ocean Institute Annual Maritime Festival

SEPTEMBER 10-12: Three-day event includes cannon battles, Mermaid Breakfast, ship tours, live music, food trucks, educational demonstrations Mermaid  Stories and Swim Shows, vendor booths and lots more. 

Dates:
Friday, September 10 - Sunday, September 12
Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA

October 2021

Spooky Seas: Haunted Tales at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point

OCTOBER 29 & 30: Visit the Mad Scientist Lab to make ghost bubbles and fizzing eyeballs, and the Candy Lab to perform experiment on treats. Learn sailor myths, legends, and superstitions, and meet and greet with a fintastic mermaid. Costumes are welcome and encouraged.

Dates:
Friday, October 29 - Saturday, October 30
Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA
Cost:
$15 – $20
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