Ocean Institute Catalina to Dana P.

Ocean Institute Mission Statement:
Using the ocean as our classroom, we inspire children to learn.

Future Scientists

Learning about tide pools

We need your help.  
Dr. Jeff Hughes, Austin Hughes and Ron Hoffmeyer are stand up paddling from Catalina to Dana Point Harbor in an effort to raise money for the Institute.  This is an ultra marathon open ocean 40 mile Stand Up Paddle(SUP) event.   Only a handful of paddlers have completed this challenge.   And even less at Jeff and Ron's age!  :)  All funds(except GoFundMe charges) go to the Ocean Institute.  We are funding all of our expenses; new boards, paddles, hotels, travel, boat expenses-funded by Pat.

Ron, Jeff and Austin

Pat Hilliger-our Boat Captain/spotter

What a great way to inspire children, help our environment and the creatures that inhabit the oceans of the world.  Pat Hilliger will be providing chase boat activities to aid in our safety.   We expect that we will  mostly be chasing him!  We are preparing for an early morning departure on August 18, 2017 paddle dependent upon tide and wind conditions. 

Inspiring Sea Life makes the training easier!  June 17, 16 mile paddle.  Only 24 more to go in August!

Your contribution counts!
While you may think your contribution only benefits the local Dana Point area, the Ocean Institute provides data and support to world wide organizations such as Scripps, the Smithsonian and others.  Whether you live on another coast, continent or a thousand miles from an ocean, your contributions help the world!  Even if you are giving only to see us suffer, we are thrilled!  

About the Institute:

The Ocean Institute, founded in 1977 as the Orange County Marine Institute, is a community-based 501(c)(3) organization that educates 250,000 visitors annually through over 60 marine science and maritime history programs. We are located on 2.4 acres in the Dana Point Harbor; adjacent to a Marine Life Conservation Area. The facility is an ocean education center that offers in-depth Marine Science, Maritime History and Outdoor Education programs.

The Institute includes state-of-the-art teaching labs, the spectacular Maddie James Seaside Learning Center, two historic tallships, and an oceanographic research vessel. Immersion-based field trips range from one-hour science labs to multi-day programs at sea and at the Lazy W Ranch, in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. All programs are designed to maximize immersion, spark curiosity, and inspire a deep commitment to learning.

We invite you to explore the ocean’s underwater world and California’s fascinating maritime history through fun, interactive programs and family activities that indulge your ocean curiosity. We are open to the public seven days a week and offer our new exhibit the Headlands and Beyond as well as a site-wide journey through the campus. Throughout the year we offer family programs, summer camps, whale-watching cruises, tallship sails, and various events including the annual Toshiba Tall Ships Festival and Festival of Whales.

Tall Ships utilized to teach maritime history and culture.


Thank you!

Donations (106)

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  • Bill Murphy
    • $100 
    • 6 yrs
  • Christopher Balzan
    • $100 
    • 6 yrs
  • David &Gisele Anderson
    • $200 
    • 6 yrs
  • West Coast Yacht Club
    • $250 (Offline)
    • 6 yrs
  • Jeff Barna
    • $100 
    • 6 yrs
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Organizer and beneficiary

Ron Hoffmeyer, Jeff Hughes, Austin Hughes
Dana Point, CA
Ocean Institute

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