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OCMPAC believes that education is a vital component in preserving our natural resources. By sustaining our intertidal habitat, we are ensuring that many generations to come can experience the dynamic nature of this "outdoor classroom." Learning about the potential for negative human impact can also translate into a new appreciation and respect for our tidepools. Whether you are an elementary school teacher, a college professor, a local resident or a visitor interested in exploring new things, we want you to enjoy your tidepool experience while helping to keep the habitat alive and well!

K-12 School Group Programs

For specifics on each program see each locations web site.

Tidepool Programs

Newport Beach, CA

Newport Beach - Little Corona

Fee: $69per class.

Location: Big Corona parking lot

Restrictions: Because of the impact to the environment, we can schedule up to 6 classes per day. Reservations required.

Contact: 949.644.3038 or visit the City of Newport Beach's web site.

CA State Parks

Crystal Cove State Park
Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area

Fee: $2.50 per student

Location: Los Trancos parking lot

Restrictions: No more than 60 students; reservations required.

Contact: 949.497.7647

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach

Fee: $35 per class

Location: Heisler Park

Restrictions: Low tides of less than 1.0, maximum of 6 classes per day; reservations required.

Contact: 949.494.6572 or go to

CA Parks

Doheny State Beach

Fee: $1 per student

Location: Doheny Beach

Restrictions: No more than 80 students per group. Programs available Mon., Wed., Fri.; reservations required.

Contact: 949.496.2704

Ocean Institute

Ocean Institute

Duration: 2 hours; led by Ocean Institute naturalists

Grades: 4-6

Fee: Call for information

Location: Dana Point Marine Conservation Area

Restrictions: Reservations required.

Contact: 949.496.2274

Dana Point

Dana Point

Fee: $35 for groups of 15 or more

Location: Dana Point Marine Conservation Area

Restrictions: Reservations required for groups of 15 or more.

Contact: 949.248.3527

Other Programs

Crystal Cove

Marine Protected Area Citizen Science Cruise

Fee: Dependent on program

Location: Cruise leaves from Newport Landing in Newport Harbor. Students participate in a variety of studies exploring the effectiveness of the Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area.

Restrictions: 35 students per cruise. Reservations required.

Contact: or go to




Public Education

Facilities where educators/rangers are stationed to educate the public:

Laguna Ocean Foundation

Laguna Ocean Foundation

Location: various tidepool locations in
Laguna Beach
Parking: metered or street parking

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach

Location: various tidepool locations in Laguna Beach
Parking: metered or street parking
Contact: 949-494-6572 or

Newport Beach, CA

City of Newport Beach

Location: Little Corona
Parking: street parking
Contact: 949-644-3036

Dana Point

Dana Point

Location: various tidepool locations
Parking: free parking for up to 4 hours
Contact: 949-248-3527

CA Parks

Crystal Cove State Park

Location: various locations within park
Parking:$15 vehicle fee, $125 bus fee; reservations required for a parking fee waiver

Ocean Institute

Ocean Institute

Location: various tidepool locations,
Parking: free parking
Contact: 949-496-2274

College Classes

Researcher/Educator Online Use Form

Specialty Tours

Some locations may offer tours for specialty groups such as scouts, hotel tours, corporate groups, church groups, and youth groups.
Contact the area manager for more information.

City of Newport Beach - 949.644.3038
Crystal Cove State Park - 949.497.7647
Doheney State Beach - 949.496.2704
Ocean Institute - 949.496.2274

Docent Programs

Organizations and agencies, that provide public education opportunities, depend on docents to help educate the public about the intertidal habitats of Orange County. Docents are typically asked to volunteer at least once a month for a 3 to 4 hour shift at one of the tidepool areas in Orange County. During their shifts, docents are stationed at access points to tidepool areas or on the rocks amongst the tidepools themselves. Docents greet visitors, introduce them to the rules of the Orange County Marine Protected Areas, point out interesting tidepool organisms, and answer any questions they may have.

If you are interested in becoming a Tidepool Docent contact the organization or agency you are interested in working with and come to one of our two hour formal training sessions. These training sessions are held 3 times a year at either the Ocean Institute in Dana Point or the Back Bay Science Center in Newport Beach and provide the background information necessary to be a valued docent. For dates and locations, check out our Upcoming Events section on our homepage. Following the formal training, potential docents will connect with a representative from the group they want to work with and sign up for field training to be conducted at the tidepools.

Educational Tools

Fun Fact Cards (PDF)
Classroom Activities (PDF)
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