Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ocean Institute Dana Point

Ocean Institute Tide PoolFounded in 1977, the Ocean Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated
to ocean preservation through education, setting the standard for
educational excellence and serving as a leading resource for universities,
museums, teachers and all others seeking to increase their knowledge of the
ocean.

Located in beautiful Dana Point harbor alongside the Pacific Ocean, the
Ocean Institute offers science and maritime history programs to youth during
the week, and is open to the general public on weekends, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Visitors can enjoy ocean-themed exhibits, marine life touch tanks and
aquaria with hundreds of marine creatures. Institute staff and volunteers
are on hand to share the secrets of our seas. Cost: $6.50 adults, $4.50
children (ages 4-12), Ocean Institute members free.

Unique maritime and ocean-themed items are available in the Chambers Gallery
everyday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Institute address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr.,
Dana Point. For an added charge, visitors can enjoy marine mammal cruises
onboard the Institute’s R/V Sea Explorer or sail onboard the tall ship
Spirit of Dana Point. Facilities are available for rent for meetings,
receptions and other events. For information, visit www.ocean-institute.org