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.
JOIN US FOR “MEET THE AUTHORS” on Saturday, Dec. 7th from 11 am – 12:30 PM at ocean Discovery’s Living Lab
Join us as Dr. S. James Gates reads from his new book, Proving Einstein Right: The Daring Expeditions That Changed How We Look at the Universe, a thrilling story of science and adventure. Dr. Gates is a recipient of the National Medal of Science, and, more recently, has served as Ocean Discovery’s Scientist-in-Residence mentoring young people in City Heights. Ocean Discovery students will read essays and share their journeys as they become the next generation of science leaders.
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.
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.