Ocean Institute explores and educates future generations about the underwater world

DANA POINT, Calif. (KABC) — The Ocean Institute is located in Dana Point, Orange County. Known as a hands-on museum, the institute is dedicated to teaching people about the beauty of the ocean and its marine life.

“We do everything from coding to building boats. I mean, it’s pretty much anything you can imagine,” said Wendy Marshall, president and CEO of the Ocean Institute.

Marshall says the institute has become the go-to space for ocean education, environmental education and California history.

“We’re a little more realistic than your traditional aquarium, a little more hands-on than your traditional museums using the ocean as a classroom, we inspire kids to learn,” Marshall said.

You can expect to roll up your sleeves and have fun with creatures, artifacts and their unique tanks of sea life where kids and families discover the touching rays.

“We have monthly themes that they change every month. The shark and ray touch tank is the best,” said program development manager Kelsey Reimer.

“That’s one of the biggest things is that we’re still less than 10% away from having a solid understanding of the ocean,” said Sara Vaughn, the volunteer leader. “A very important thing is to make sure we take care of it, because ultimately taking care of it is about ourselves.”

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