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2016-17 Program Results – That’s A Wrap

2016 to 2017 was a record-breaking school year for Ocean Connectors! We reached a total of 3,730 kids on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border – an increase of approximately 25% since just last year. Our audience included over 2,000 elementary students in National City, California, nearly 300 National City middle school students, and about 1,200 students from primaria schools in Nayarit, Mexico.

Looking Beneath the Surface with Ralph Pace

As much as we bring Ocean Connectors students into direct contact with the ocean and marine life, sometimes it takes a talented photographer to convince kids what really lives beneath the surface in their own backyard, the Pacific Ocean. For that, we turn to professional photographers who are kind enough to let us share their incredible underwater photos with our students.

Ralph Pac…

Bird Watching Partnership with Brant Nature Tours!

How much do you know about birds? Have you ever stopped to notice the many beautiful bird species we have right here in our own backyard? There are thousands of different birds, both resident and migratory, that frequent the California coast, and you can learn all about them during an Ocean Connectors Eco Tour.
Join us this Sunday to celebrate Mother’s Day by treating your mom to a bird watching…

Environmental Education: A Policy Perspective

By Amy Knight, Ocean Connectors Volunteer

I have always believed that a connection to the environment is essential to personal wellbeing. However it wasn’t until I became a teacher that I realized the equal value and immense satisfaction in making a lifelong connection with a student. Those two realizations, shaped by my personal values of social justice and conservation, drew me to t…

Welcome Boarding Ring as Our New Partner!

Ocean Connectors has a new trick up our sleeve this whale watching season! Boarding Ring has graciously donated eight pairs of their anti-motion sickness glasses for use with our 5th grade Whale Exploration Program. These innovative glasses are helping us improve the whale watching experience for even the most sensitive of stomachs.

Motion sickness, and specifically seasickness, is a tricky…

Funder Spotlight: January 2017

Ocean Connectors periodically features our funders and donors in our blog, to let the community know how much we appreciate their generous support! These incredible organizations are making a direct contribution to our mission to educate, inspire, and connect underserved youth with the ocean.

Coastal Conservancy

For the second time, Ocean Connectors is receiving support from the Stat…

Closing Out 2016 as Nonprofit Brand of the Year!

Ocean Connectors recently received the 2016 SDX Non-Profit Brand of the Year Award! Ocean Connectors received this honor for building a strong brand through professionalism in advertising, marketing, commnications, and contributions to the community at-large. In order to qualify for this prestigious award, our team had to demonstrate significant progress in growing our market share and brand…

907 Kids Practice Distance Learning in Nayarit

The term “pen-pal” originated back in the 1930’s, and it has been a popular form of communication ever since, even in today’s digital age. The excitement of communicating over long distance is especially memorable during our childhood, when we are highly influenced by the opinions of our peers. Ocean Connectors “pen-pals” exchange sea turtle artwork in fourth grade, whale letters in…

OC Receives IEA Community Leadership Award

On October 5th, 2016 the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA) held its first annual Foundation dinner in downtown San Diego. Ocean Connectors was one of four nonprofit organizations recognized at this event for giving back to the San Diego community and contributing to the quality of life in Southern California. We are deeply honored that the IEA Research and Education Foundation selected…

National School District Providing Real-World Science

By Dr. Cindy Vasquez, Ocean Connectors Advisory Board Member

Ocean Connectors and Director Frances Kinney have been an integral part of the National School District (NSD) for nearly ten years. I first learned about Ocean Connectors when I became Principal at Kimball Elementary School in 2007. At that time, Ocean Connectors worked with NOAA scientists from the Southwest Fisheries Science Center…