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Presenting Ocean Connectors Eco Tours: Book Your Spot Today!

“Use it while you can because things are changing fast, and you’ll miss it if you’re not paying attention.” – Volunteer with Ocean Connectors Eco Tours and San Diego Audubon Jim Pea on San Diego’s wilderness

Eco Tours with Ocean Connectors provide so much more than a visit to San Diego Bay. The tours encompass a web of connections between wildlife, people, tidal movements, wind,…

Ocean Connectors – A Principal’s Perspective

By Kathy Melanese, Principal at Rancho de la Nación Elementary in National City, California and Ocean Connectors Advisory Board Member. Photos by Anna Mar.

As I enter the fifth grade classroom, I observe 30 students quickly jotting facts about the ocean environment in their Ocean Connectors notebooks. The lesson continues with a video showing the migration of gray whales and how climat…

Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect earth-friendly gifts for your loved ones this holiday season? Look no further—these eco-friendly and environmentally-conscious gift ideas will cover everyone on your shopping list while supporting our conservation partners and helping advance the Ocean Connectors mission to educate, inspire, and connect underserved youth with the ocean.

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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…