The mission of Ocean Connectors is to use migratory marine life to educate, inspire, and connect underserved youth with the Pacific coastal environment. Ocean Connectors was founded over a decade ago to address pressing community needs related to environmental awareness, coastal access, and outdoor education in San Diego County. We have now reached over 20,000 children in the U.S. and Mexico, but there is still much work to be done. While the areas where we work are known as pristine seaside destinations, residents routinely face poverty, environmental health issues, and academic obstacles. Ocean Connectors was created to resolve these issues by addressing the related lack of coastal access and awareness, which can contribute to environmental degradation.

A central aspect of our work is Connecting Youth for Conservation, leading to meaningful outcomes for local schoolchildren and the overall health of the Pacific Ocean. Ocean Connectors engages low-income schoolchildren in free, hands-on, multiyear marine science programs both in the classroom setting and in the field. People form their core values during childhood and adolescence, thus it is essential that we teach K-12 students to understand, appreciate, and explore their coastal environment. Our main goals include:

  1. Educate students to increase academic engagement, support classroom learning goals, and motivate at-risk youth to pursue ocean-STEM careers.
  2. Inspire environmental stewardship by introducing youth to the tools, knowledge, and awareness to actively practice conservation.
  3. Connect underserved youth with the ocean and provide access to diverse, hands-on learning opportunities in coastal environments.

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Director: 
Frances Lang
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