Ocean Discovery Institute uses ocean science to empower young people from underserved urban communities to transform their lives, their community, and our world as science and conservation leaders. Working in the San Diego community of City Heights, we provide continuous science opportunities paired with mentoring and the tools to overcome challenges so that young people unlock their potential. Our programs are provided at no cost to our students. Our students believe that a scientist is someone they can be. They think critically and they achieve because of it. They enter the fields of biotech, engineering, environmental consulting, fisheries, marine biology, education, and public policy, and are committed to making a difference.
Ocean Discovery Institute relies on the generosity of our community to fund our 100% tuition-free programs.
Ocean Discovery Institute offers a variety of opportunities to be a part of our learning community.
Ocean Discovery Institute depends on volunteers to transform young lives through science.
Register for our upcoming events!
CLick to RSVP 10/07/2018
The Living Lab Grand Opening celebrates our students, families, and supporters as we open the doors to a state-of-the-art science education facility. A place where students believe science is something they can do and a scientist is someone they can become.
Bubble Up! Gala
CLICK TO RSVP 11/3/2018
Bubble Up!, is an elegant black-tie event, that celebrates our supporters and shares our students’ accomplishments. The evening features cocktails, exciting auction items, an amazing dinner experience, plus the unique opportunity to meet students. This year’s Bubble Up! will be hosted at the historical U.S. Grant.
Calendar of Opportunities
View our calendar for upcoming opportunities.
- Public tours & events are designated by the color green.
- Volunteer opportunities are designated by the color orange.
- School-shed programs are designated by the color blue. These programs are for school-shed members only.
When you click on the calendar item, you will be taken to our registration portal where you can create an account and/or sign up for opportunities.