The Ocean Institute in Dana Point is where kids of all ages can learn about the ocean while having fun. For those who are already a member of the Ocean Institute, registration will begin on March 1 for the '2014 summer camps', while the general registration takes place on March 15. This is an ideal way to keep the children busy, during the long days of summer, the camps will include; week long day camps for ages 5 - 17, overnight adventures, and parent/child programs.
The Ocean Institute gives members a 'heads up' on
(a) free weekend programs for one year
(b) discounts to the many activities and camps in the G. Chambers Gallery
(c) registration for the camps and programs ahead of the general public
(d) exclusive invitations to 'member's only' special events, cruises, and sails.
Check out the details here, speak with a Membership Director at (949) 496-2274 ex 607, visit the Institute whose address is -Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point Calif., or follow them on Facebook.
. Whale watching Adventure Cruises. This is an exciting experience seeing one of nature’s great mammals, the whale, that visits the waters of California and Mexico during certain times of the year, a 10,000 miles roundtrip from their feeding grounds in the Artic. The 2 1/2 hour cruise give glimpses into the world of these mysterious creatures. Cost is $35 for adults; $22 for children 4-12 years.
The Brig, Pilgrim
. The Pilgrim is a 3-masted schooner conerted to a brig in 1975. It was made famous by Richard Henry Dana in his book "Two Years before the Mast". Since 1981 students have been living as sailors in the 1830s, spending an entire night aboard the brig. Each student will help haul lines, hoist sails, stand night watch and swab decks. They also participate in daytime dockside programs such as discussions about sea pollution and how to save the ocean.
The Spirit of Dana Point
. Tallships are large traditionally rigged sailing vessels, two of which can be seen at the Ocean Institute. The brig Pilgrim and the Spirit of Dana Point a replica of a 1770s privateer that was used during the American Revolution. This year the Ocean Institute celebrates the 30 year anniversary as hosts of the Toshiba Tall Ships Festival.
Tidepools can be found behind the Ocean Institute. When visiting be sure to read the red warning signs, be very careful in this protected conservation area, do not collect any items or disturb the fragile ecosystem. Always check the tides so as not to be caught when the tide is coming up. The area around the tidepools means scrambling over rocks, and high surf can close it down at any time.