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Fri, Sep 16


Ocean Institute

"Science on the Sea" Field Trip & Beach Play

This is a unique marine science adventure on an educational floating-lab research vessel! Suggested for grades 3rd-6th. Parents and Siblings are welcome! Read the details for more information.

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"Science on the Sea" Field Trip & Beach Play
"Science on the Sea" Field Trip & Beach Play

Time & Location

Sep 16, 2022, 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM

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

About the event

Join your Healthy Footprints Adventure Community leaders and friends on this unique science adventure! This tour is perfect for 3rd through 5th graders, but open to a wider age group. After the boat trip on the RV Explorer, we invite everyone to Baby Beach to refuel, play in the water and on the sand. New friends will definitely be made during this 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:  Grades 3-6 (recommended but flexible)


11am-11:45am Gather outside the Ocean Institute to meet your group, have a snack, play some games, and get ready to go!

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

2pm-3:30pm Play, swim, and enjoy a snack 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 30 days before the trip.

*Everyone that joins us on the boat will need a ticket.

*Parents or siblings are welcome to join us on the boat, drop-off their student(s), or enjoy the beach while they wait. 

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

*This tour is recommended for approximately Grades 3-6, ages 8-12, but this event is great for a wider range of ages!

*HFAC shirts are recommended for all students and required for those being dropped off with the group, sold separately

*Tickets are non-refundable.

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