Posts Tagged ‘Environmental Education’

O’Neill Sea Odyssey – Building Ocean Leaders of Tomorrow

Monday, June 24th, 2013



O’Neill Sea Odyssey was founded in 1996 by wetsuit innovator and surfer Jack O’Neill. A living classroom was created on board a 65-foot catamaran sailing the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Fourth through sixth grade students from schools throughout Central California receive hands-on lessons about the marine habitat and the importance of the relationship between the living sea and the environment. We talk with Dan Haifley, Executive Director of O’Neill Sea Odyssey, about this ocean-based learning experience that lasts a lifetime.

Everyday Action: Take a kid to the ocean! Visit an aquarium! Watch an ocean video! Give ocean inspiration to a leader of tomorrow.

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Monday, March 4th, 2013



Stranded sea lions and dramatic rescue operations have been in the news more than ever in California. Pacific Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine mammals stranded along the Orange County coastline. We talk to Keith Matassa, Executive Director, and go behind the scenes to find out the day-to-day work and research behind the headlines. Find out what you can do to help California’s marine mammals in need.

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Sanctuary Exploration Center

Monday, November 5th, 2012



Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center is a state-of-the-art facility designed to foster stewardship of the region’s marine ecosystem. Just steps from the ocean, the two-story, 12,387 square-foot center, located in Santa Cruz’ famed beach area, functions as the sanctuary’s premier interpretive facility. Our guest, Lisa Uttal, Sanctuary Exploration Center Interim Director, describes how interactive exhibits connect people with the water, geology, ecosystems, and the extraordinary diversity of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Exhibits include the Exploration Theater, a walk through a kelp forest, intertidal touchpool, open-ocean mini-theater and a replica deep-sea canyon with a remotely operated vehicle.

Celebrate the Ocean on World Oceans Day

Monday, June 4th, 2012



World Oceans Day is our planet’s biggest celebration of the ocean, held every June 8. Our guest Bill Mott, Executive Director of The Ocean Project, talks about World Oceans Day 2012 with the theme “Youth: the Next Wave for Change.” This year, The Ocean Project is partnering with Dr. Seuss and NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Learn about World Oceans Day events, resources and information.

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BLUEMiND: The Ocean and Your Mind

Monday, May 21st, 2012



BLUEMiND is a look at the Ocean through neuroscience, linking studies of the mind and ocean. Summit founder Wallace J. Nichols talks about BLUEMiND questions: why the Ocean makes us happy, why we are drawn to the ocean, and what’s happening to our brain when we feel a connection to the Ocean. BLUEMiND 2 Summit will take place June 4th and 5th on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Staff from the Thank You Ocean campaign will be there to present on the topic of “Gratitude”, and this summit will also be livecast, so no one will miss the inspiring ideas being shared.

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Ocean Acidification

Monday, April 23rd, 2012



What is this threat and how can it affect our ocean world? What does it mean for organisms such as sea urchins? Dr. Gretchen Hofmann, Professor of Marine Biology at the University of California Santa Barbara, discusses her work with Ocean Acidification and why we should pay attention. (Photos courtesy of NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory)

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Earth Day’s Big Blue Marble

Monday, April 9th, 2012



On Earth Day, we often see the NASA photo from space of Earth as a Big Blue Marble, but what makes it blue? The ocean! We talked with Wallace J. Nichols about BlueMarbles.org, the global movement inspired by the Earth as a Blue Marble. The idea? Pass a blue marble through every person’s hand on earth, with a simple message of gratitude along with it. (Photo courtesy of Neil Osborne)

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National Marine Sanctuaries

Monday, January 23rd, 2012



America’s ocean treasures are right off our coasts! National marine sanctuaries are special ocean places that have a unique ability to touch people. Thirteen national marine sanctuaries and one marine national monument make up the National Marine Sanctuary System. Four are in California: Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones, Monterey Bay and Channel Islands national marine sanctuaries. Dan Basta, Director of the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, talks about how “America’s ocean treasures” help people change how they think about our ocean and create a “community of the committed.”

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Using the Power of Film to Protect the Health of the Ocean

Monday, October 10th, 2011



MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world’s largest independent producer of IMAX theatre films with an extraordinary track record and a new campaign to restore the health of the ocean.

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Ocean for Life

Monday, September 26th, 2011



Ocean for Life brings together students of diverse cultures and backgrounds to discover marine science, conservation, and how the ocean connects us all. NOAA’s national marine sanctuaries provide the optimal setting for this unique opportunity to enhance cross-cultural relationships, while creating a stewardship ethic for the ocean and the universal human experience.

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