Ocean Institute Begins Major Expansion

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: A rendering of the Ocean Institute lobby with a demonstration kelp forest and the habitat it would support.
: A rendering of the Ocean Institute lobby with a demonstration kelp forest and the habitat it would support.

The Ocean Institute at Dana Point will begin an expansion of the learning center, which will include the addition of a hands-on interpretive center in the current courtyard and lobby area.

The dock portion of the Seaside Learning Center opened in 2013 and installation of the expansion is anticipated to begin in February.

“Since 1977, the Ocean Institute has offered ocean science and maritime history programs to school children on weekdays, and therefore, we were only open to the general public on weekends,” said Dan Stetson, Ocean Institute president. The expansion will allow visitors daily.

Initial funding has been provided by the California State Parks Nature Education Facilities Program. Additional funding will come from The Maddie James Foundation, The Chambers Family, The Massen Greene Foundation and The Draper Family Foundation. Donors will be recognized within the exhibits.

Additional donors are needed to fund the interpretive center Stetson said. While donations of all amounts are welcome, major donors can have specific exhibits named in their honor. For more information contact Kajsa James at: 949-496-2274 ext. 415.

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