Leadership Where It Matters Most

Leadership Blog Post

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By Ben Scheelk, The Ocean Foundation Senior Program Manager

I would like to discuss acquiring a van, having it wrapped with our logo, and then using it to transport children down to Mexico. Any issues?

This question, coming from anyone else, would have surely given us pause. Liability, insurance, depreciation, border crossings in a dangerous part of t…

New Paradise Creek Educational Program

Paradise Creek Educational Program Blog Post

In October Ocean Connectors will launch a new outdoor education program for third grade students! The new program will involve approximately 70 students, their parents, and teachers in the restoration of one habitat acre at Paradise Creek in National City, California. We recently joined forces with the Paradise Creek Educational Park, Incorporated (PCEPI), to improve a segment of wetland, river,…

2016-17 Program Results – That’s A Wrap

Program Results Blog Post

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…

New Bird Watching Partnership!

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, Scripps Graduate Student and 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…

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…