Pilgrim fund

The Ocean Institute, nestled between the Dana Point Harbor and the Pacific Ocean in Southern California’s City of Dana Point, inspires nearly 100,000 students and public visitors annually with its mission of using the ocean as the classroom to inspire children and families to learn.  Serving the broad community since 1977, the Ocean Institute is home to brig Pilgrim, known throughout the world as a reproduction of the ship made famous by Dana Point’s namesake, Richard Henry Dana Jr., in his classic narrative of life at sea, Two Years Before The Mast.

Since 1981, the Ocean Institute has showcased Pilgrim as a unique and effective floating educational platform for learners of all ages.  Over 300,000 K-12 students from all walks of life have had the opportunity to step back in time and live the life of a sailor in the 1830s. Students spend the night on Pilgrim participating in a powerful, hands-on program where they master crucial leadership, critical-thinking, and teamwork skills and experience history well beyond the four walls of any on-land classroom.

Today, Pilgrim and her life-changing programs need your help. Her hull is nearly 75 years old and is in peril.  This spectacular vessel is truly showing her age.  In an effort to sustain the ship’s unmatched impact on education as the most unique classroom in California, we must get her out of the water for experts to assess what next steps are critically needed to save her life.

WE NEED YOU!  If Pilgrim has made an impact on your life, or if you are inspired by this icon of America’s maritime history, please support this essential effort today.  The Ocean Institute’s staff, volunteers, and most importantly the thousands of students inspired by Pilgrim thank you for any level contribution you can make. 
Or you can send a Check to :
Pilgrim Fund
Ocean Institute
24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr. 
Dana Point, CA 92629

Dan Goldbacher 
[email redacted]



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  • Ken Kurtz 
    • $100 
    • 9 mos
  • Judy and Jim Kissinger 
    • $100 
    • 9 mos
  • Eddie von Bartheld 
    • $25 
    • 9 mos
    • $50 
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  • Scott Schmitt 
    • $100 
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Fundraising team: Pilgrim (6)

Dan Goldbacher 
Raised $3,742 from 31 donations
Dana Point, CA
Ocean Institute 
Registered nonprofit
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Kayla Tademy 
Team member
Raised $500 from 1 donation
Selina Anderson 
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Raised $100 from 1 donation
Andrea Smith 
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Cindy Nielsen 
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