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My Career in Marine Education and Why I’m a Fan of Ocean Connectors

By Roberta Dean, Ocean Connectors Advisory Board Member

It started in the early 1980’s while I was teaching in a small rural school district outside of Petaluma, where I was serving as the only special education, gifted education, and ESL teacher rolled into one. At the time I was living on the Sonoma Coast, and, as an ocean lover from birth, had taken an avid interest in the Bodega Marin…

Ocean Connectors Funder Spotlight: August 2018

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

County of San Diego

For the fourth year in a row,…

That’s A Wrap! 2017-18 Program Results

Ocean Connectors prides itself on our mission to educate, inspire, and connect underserved youth with the Pacific Ocean through various classroom presentations and coastal field trips. We care about creating a lasting impact on both the environment and reaching as many students as possible, so each year we closely track the number of participants and the contributions they are making to t…

Bringing Ocean Connectors to Our Nation’s Capital

The second week of June marked a historic moment for Ocean Connectors. On June 5th, the annual Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) conference commenced at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. Kristen Sarri, President of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, welcomed hundreds of CHOW attendees, including Ocean Connectors Executive Director Frances Kinney, who…

From Painted Turtles to Sea Turtles: The Value of Marine Science Education

By Dr. Jeffrey Seminoff, Leader of the Marine Turtle Ecology & Assessment Program at NOAA-Southwest Fisheries Science Center and Ocean Connectors Advisory Board Member

It was 1975 and I was 8 years old when I treasured Moe, Larry and Curley—my three baby painted turtles that I caught from a small pond near my home in central Illinois. I can still remember that feeling of excitement and…

Welcome to Our Newest Team Member, Patrick!  

By Patrick Levin, Ocean Connectors Eco Tour Coordinator

Shortly after I joined the team at Ocean Connectors, I was asked to contribute to our blog in order to introduce myself and share why I’m so excited over my new involvement with the organization. I have spent the better part of the last four years on the San Diego coastline as a surfer, surf instructor, and lifeguard. While completing…

Picturing Conservation: Nature Photography Workshop

By Jonathan Lavan, Nature Photographer

Photography is truly unique among art forms. It is the only medium where you can freeze time, immortalizing a moment forever. Whether it’s a significant occurrence in history or a flower shimmering in the sunshine, all of these chosen moments show what is important to us and allow us to share our passions with the world. As environmentalists and…

Beautiful Jewels for a Good Cause

Beautiful Jewels Blog Post

By Tree Myriah, Jeweler

My name is Tree, and I design and make refined bohemian jewelry that helps modern free-spirited women elevate their elegance, by offering simple versatile designs that transition effortlessly from day to night.

I have always believed in a world where nature and humans can co-exist in health and harmony. A world where we all love the ocean, and do everything in our…

A Partnership Ten Years in the Making

LCDC and OC Partnership Blog Post

By Amanda Grant-Stout, Living Coast Discovery Center Director of Education

Did you know there are green sea turtles living in San Diego Bay? Ask any of the 800 4th graders that attend an Ocean Connectors field trip to the Living Coast Discovery Center in the fall of each year, and they will tell you that a group of green sea turtles calls South San Diego Bay home! For the past ten years, Ocean…

What a Night…Year and Decade!

Ocean Connectors 10 Year Anniversary Cruise Blog Post

By Jennifer Arrowsmith, Qualcomm Incorporated Senior Manager of Sustainability

Sailing San Diego Bay and simultaneously watching the sun set over the Pacific and the harvest moon rise over the downtown skyline, while supporting one of my favorite organizations, Ocean Connectors, was never on my bucket list. I didn’t realize it was even possible to accomplish all these things at once. But on…