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Ocean Institute receives grant from SoCalGas to support reopening on weekends

by: Kayla Tademy
Posted: October 19, 2020


DANA POINT... Ocean Institute in Orange County today announced it has reopened to the public, thanks to a $12,500 grant from Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas). The grant allows the center to bring back essential staff necessary for safe reopening on weekends through 2020. The Ocean Institute serves as an education center, offering programs in marine science and history for visitors.

“We are so very thankful to SoCalGas for supporting our efforts to fulfill our mission through our public programs,” said Wendy Marshall, President and CEO of Ocean Institute. “We have been closed for nearly seven months and our talented staff is delighted to welcome back visitors.”

“Organizations like the Ocean Institute provide many educational benefits to children and families and help kids to learn and discover their interests in areas like marine science and maritime history, said Jill Tracy, member of the Ocean Institute’s Board of Directors and assistant general counsel at SoCalGas. “SoCalGas is thrilled to be able to support the reopening of the Ocean Institute and provide a safe and educational place for kids and families to enjoy on weekends.”

The Ocean Institute, founded in 1977, is a community-based 501(c)(3) organization that educates 100,000 children, teachers, parents, and visitors annually through over 60 marine science and maritime history programs. Located on 2.4 acres in the Dana Point Harbor; adjacent to a Marine Conservation Area, the facility is an ocean education center that offers in-depth Marine Science and Maritime History programs.

The Institute includes state-of-the-art teaching labs, the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center, a historic tall ship, and an oceanographic research vessel. Immersion-based field trips range from one- hour science labs to multi-day programs at sea. All programs are designed to maximize immersion, spark curiosity, and inspire a deep commitment to learning.

SoCalGas is a longtime supporter of the Ocean Institute having been a corporate partner for over 16 years. In 2019, SoCalGas donated more than $7.6 million to community organizations, local non-profits and other groups. SoCalGas employees contributed more than $750,000 through payroll deductions and performed over 24,000 logged volunteer hours for various community groups throughout its service territory.


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