Ocean Discovery Institute prides itself on providing our programs at no cost to our participants. This 100% tuition-free model ensures that all the young people in our school-shed can seize all of the opportunities we provide. It also means that we rely on the generosity of many individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies to ensure we have the resources needed to support this work. We ask you to join our community of support and consider a gift at whatever level is most meaningful to you.
Ways to Give
There are two ways that you can give to Ocean Discovery Institute: You can join our Visionary Community by signing up for a monthly automatic donation. Visionary Community members receive monthly updates and special opportunities for recognition. You can also make a one-time donation.
Why do thousands of people give to Ocean Discovery Institute each year? The answer is simple, our programs work and our students are becoming biotech professionals, engineers, environmental consultants, and the list goes on. With your support, we can grow to provide programming for all of the students in our school-shed and continue to empower our young people to achieve as leaders in science and conservation.
Bubble Up! Gala Live Auction
Turtle Island Resort, Fiji – $20,000 Value
Glide to the beach by seaplane and step into your 7-night escape for two at the exclusive paradise of Turtle Island Resort, Fiji. Enjoy one of just fourteen luxurious beachfront villas on the island, with your own private beach and a dedicated “Bure Mama” to tend to your every need. Enjoy exotic Fijian cuisine and fine dining for all meals. Explore 500 acres of untouched tropical paradise and go swimming, fishing, scuba diving, horseback riding, mountain biking, sunset cruising, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing and more! But remember, you don’t have to attend the gala to join in on Turtle Island fun! Anyone can purchase a $100 opportunity draw ticket for a chance at this once in a lifetime trip.
Donated by Turtle Island Resort. Expires 3/31/2020. Turtle Island is closed during scheduled maintenance and family times. A reservation can be finalized within 45 days of arrival, provided that suitable accommodations are available. Package does not include air travel to and from Fiji.
Vatuvara Private Islands, Fiji – $23,000 Value
Experience conscientious luxury for the discerning traveler at the exclusive Vatuvara Private Islands. Enjoy a 4-night all-inclusive stay in one of three secluded seaside villas set in an 800-acre tropical paradise, complete with infinity edge pool and private masseuse. Dine on gourmet meals prepared using fresh ingredients directly from the island’s certified organic farms or fished from the surrounding waters. Relax in a hammock, enjoy a yoga or cooking class, go fishing or diving, get scuba certified, play a round of golf, explore a cave or ancient Fijian village, or enjoy a private picnic on a nearby uninhabited island!
Donated by Vatuvara Private Islands. Expires 11/1/2019. Package does not include airfare to and from Fiji, and booking will be based on resort availability.
Rancho La Puerta Escape – $8,700 Value
Enjoy a 1-week stay for 2 at Rancho La Puerta Fitness Resort & Spa. Celebrating 75 years of helping guests embrace their lives and just voted “World’s Best Destination Spa” by readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine, your escape will include all food, beverages, and access to more than 50 different fitness classes a day, use of all facilities, evening programs, and entertainment. Scheduled transportation to and from the San Diego Airport.
Donated by Rancho La Puerta Fitness Resort & Spa. Expires 11/30/2020. Stay must be during months of July – December. Cooking classes, spa treatments, and personal training sessions are not included.
Sand & Slopes – $3,075 Value
The Sand and Slopes package is perfect for the traveler who wants a little bit of everything- a mountain getaway and a tropical beach vacation. Start with a 2-night stay at the cozy Ballentine Lodge with your group of 6 friends in Big Bear. Then, head south for a 7-night stay in Mexico at the pristine Trocones Beach. Your group of 4 will enjoy your newly updated 2-bed & 2-bath villa at Casa Colorida in the beachfront village of Troncones, MX.
Donated by Ballentine Architects and Ann Hatfield-Merritt. Ballentine Lodge- Expires 6/01/2019; Subject to availability. Not valid for holidays or special events. Advance reservations required. Casa Colorida- Expires 09/31/2019; Can be used starting 4/30/2019.
All Aboard the C’est La Vie – $3,000 Value
Take in all the beauty that San Diego has to offer aboard a 100-foot private yacht. Your evening aboard the C’est La Vie will be the definition of luxury. You and 7 of your closest friends will enjoy a gourmet surf and turf dinner and wine pairing while taking in the breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline as the sunsets and the night sky emerges.
Donated by Yvette Diuri. Expires 11/3/2019. Yvette Diuri will need to be on board during dinner.
Fiesta in Los Cabos – $2,300 Value
Enjoy a 7-night stay in a suite at Club Casa Dorada Spa and Golf Resort at the Hilton Los Cabos. You’ll enjoy dining, nightlife, and stunning ocean vistas at this 5-star luxury beachfront resort, right in the midst of it all. Your boarding passes are ready for you, as this experience includes 2 round-trip Southwest Airlines tickets to Los Cabos, Mexico.
Donated by Liz Carnes and Southwest Airlines. Expires 10/31/2019. Subject to availability. Holiday weeks excluded.
Our Living Lab was made possible through the generosity of many donors. Several of our generous supporters have contributed significant gifts that will be memorialized as named spaces throughout the facility. There are several spaces still available for naming rights and we would love to discuss these opportunities with you. Just connect to our Director of Philanthropy at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us at 619.795.8365, or click on the link below for more information.