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Mon, May 22


Ocean Institute

PRIVATE EVENT FOR CAL-PACS: "Science on the Sea" Field Trip & Beach Play

This is a unique marine science adventure on an educational floating-lab research vessel! March is when the California Gray Whales are migrating through. Parents and Siblings are welcome! Read the details for more information.

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PRIVATE EVENT FOR CAL-PACS: "Science on the Sea" Field Trip & Beach Play
PRIVATE EVENT FOR CAL-PACS: "Science on the Sea" Field Trip & Beach Play

Time & Location

May 22, 2023, 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA

About the event

Watch the video from one of our cruises here!

***NOTE: This trip is a private charter for Cal-Pacs Charter Families only. 

Join a Cal-Pacs teacher and friends on this unique science adventure hosted by Healthy Footprints Adventure Community at the Ocean Institute! Before our boat trip, your HFAC educator will gather the students for educational activities and games. After the boat trip on the RV Explorer, we invite everyone to Baby Beach to refuel and play on the sand, do group activities or just enjoy the free-time together. New friends will definitely be made during this highly organized, fun, and educational trip!

About the R/V Sea Explorer

The 65-foot Research Vessel Sea Explorer is an educational floating lab equipped with underwater cameras, an acoustic hydrophone, onboard computers, video microscopes, touch tanks, and a viewing aquarium. A bowsprit over the water provides any passenger with a breathtaking view of dolphins, whales, and sea lions.

Research conducted aboard the vessel is integrated into our program curriculum. There is not a more hands-on and poignant learning opportunity for students than to participate in authentic statewide research collaborations such as the projects we have with the California Department of Public Health and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

About the program

The marine mammal program aboard the R/V Sea Explorer allows students to  investigate the natural history of our local marine mammals. On the  marine mammal cruise, dolphins, whales, seals, and sea lions are the  focus of this exciting voyage on the open ocean! Students investigate  the natural history of our local marine mammals using a benthic grab  sampler, plankton net, and marine bio facts. The students will discuss  the types of marine mammals they saw and will discover the differences  between them through the use of artifacts, sounds, and images.

For:  All ages (everyone needs a ticket no matter the age)

Cost: Cal-Pacs students and one guardian per family will receive complimentary tickets for this trip! If you are a Cal-Pacs family, and would like to purchase an additional ticket for an extra adult or sibling, you may also do so here. Tickets are $47 each.


11am-11:45am Gather outside the Ocean Institute to meet your group, participate in educational activities and games, eat a snack and get ready to go!

12pm-2pm Marine Mammal Science on the Sea Field Trip

2pm-3:30pm Refuel and play together at Baby Beach

*Before the cruise, a book list and educational material will be emailed to everyone participating. This is not required, but will give the family an opportunity to explore some of the science subjects before or after our experience together if they choose to do so.


*Rules, regulations, a packing list for the day, and more will be sent  before the trip.

*Everyone that joins us on the boat will need a ticket, no matter the age.

*Parents or siblings are welcome to join us on the boat or drop-off their student(s) with an HFAC educator.

*For drop-off students, pick-up time is anywhere between 2:15pm and 3:30pm at Baby Beach, just outside of the Ocean Institute.

*Tickets are non-refundable.

*This is a private adventure for Cal-Pacs families only, courtesy of Cal-Pacs Charter School.

*There will be photos and videos taken on this trip. By signing up, you are agreeing to a media release.


  • Non-Student Ticket

    California Pacific Charter School is providing complimentary tickets for their students and one adult per family. Purchase this ticket if you would like to bring an extra adult or sibling.

    +$1.18 service fee
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  • Ticket for One (Student/Parent

    This ticket includes the HFAC Science on the Sea Cruise, games and activities before the trip, and a beach party and free-time after the trip. Drop-off is okay! Everyone that goes on the boat will need a ticket. Each Cal-Pacs family will receive one adult ticket per family, and Cal-Pacs students are also complimentary.

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