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Inspiring students to become passionate and empowered coastal residents

Ocean Connectors was founded on the realization that many schoolchildren do not have equal access to explore their coastal environment. Our vision is to cultivate a future generation of passionate, globally-­aware, and empowered coastal residents who take active steps to enjoy and protect ocean health.

10000+
Students Impacted
800+
Presentations Given
10+
School Partnerships

Goals

Educate

students to increase academic engagement, support classroom learning goals, and motivate them to pursue ocean-STEM careers.

Inspire

environmental stewardship by introducing children to the tools, knowledge, and awareness to actively practice conservation.

Connect

youth with the ocean and provide access to diverse, hands-on learning opportunities in coastal environments.

Our Values

REAL WORLD SCIENTIFIC SKILLS

Experiential teaching techniques encourage students to form linkages between scientific inquiry and everyday life. Ocean Connectors empowers students to think and act like scientists by developing important skills such as critical thinking, observation, identification, collaboration, and reflection. This helps students effectively transfer their learning experience to the real-world.

Our Values

EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT

Peer-to-peer and project-based learning activities take education to the next level. Ocean Connectors lessons are designed to strengthen student academic skills, increase educational achievement, and support teachers with useful, standards-based resources. Our programs enrich the public school system, keeping students engaged, stimulated, and inspired by the learning process.

Our Values

WILDLIFE & HABITAT CONSERVATION

Environmental education is a key way to prevent the future destruction of vital coastal habitats and marine life. Ocean Connectors engages youth in conservation so they form an understanding of the importance of protecting marine environments and biodiversity. They gain awareness of the connection between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and the value of coastal habitats for all of humanity.

Our Values

CONNECTING WITH NATURE

A substantial body of research indicates that children who spend time in the natural world are more likely to grow up to be active stewards of the planet. Ocean Connectors brings students on exciting, hands-on field trips in coastal environments. This promotes connectedness to nature and increases the probability of creating lasting conservation behaviors in Ocean Connectors students.

Our Values

EQUITY & INCLUSION

Everyone deserves the opportunity to experience the wonders of their coastal environment, and to do so in a safe, respectful, and inclusive way. Ocean Connectors takes care to understand and honor the diverse cultures, identities, and backgrounds that make our audience and our team unique. Equity and inclusion are core tenants of our mission.

Our Values

REAL WORLD SCIENTIFIC SKILLS

Experiential teaching techniques encourage students to form linkages between scientific inquiry and everyday life. Ocean Connectors empowers students to think and act like scientists by developing important skills such as critical thinking, observation, identification, collaboration, and reflection. This helps students effectively transfer their learning experience to the real-world.

Our Values

EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT

Peer-to-peer and project-based learning activities take education to the next level. Ocean Connectors lessons are designed to strengthen student academic skills, increase educational achievement, and support teachers with useful, standards-based resources. Our programs enrich the public school system, keeping students engaged, stimulated, and inspired by the learning process.

Our Values

WILDLIFE & HABITAT CONSERVATION

Environmental education is a key way to prevent the future destruction of vital coastal habitats and marine life. Ocean Connectors engages youth in conservation so they form an understanding of the importance of protecting marine environments and biodiversity. They gain awareness of the connection between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and the value of coastal habitats for all of humanity.

Our Values

CONNECTING WITH NATURE

A substantial body of research indicates that children who spend time in the natural world are more likely to grow up to be active stewards of the planet. Ocean Connectors brings students on exciting, hands-on field trips in coastal environments. This promotes connectedness to nature and increases the probability of creating lasting conservation behaviors in Ocean Connectors students.

Our Values

EQUITY & INCLUSION

Everyone deserves the opportunity to experience the wonders of their coastal environment, and to do so in a safe, respectful, and inclusive way. Ocean Connectors takes care to understand and honor the diverse cultures, identities, and backgrounds that make our audience and our team unique. Equity and inclusion are core tenants of our mission.

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You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people, you inform them, and you help them understand that their resources are their own, that they must protect them.

-Wangari Maathai

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