Ocean First Institute provides exemplary ocean science research and education. One of its foremost activities is awakening and engaging the interest and passion of young people in ocean sciences. Ocean First Institute emphasizes learning as an authentic experience, where the importance of protecting and sustaining healthy ocean environments is made real, where connection-making between our daily behaviors and actions with the welfare of dolphins, sea turtles, and sharks, and the quality of life and health of our ocean waters, isn’t simply an abstract exercise. It is experiential learning that enables transformations, from small steps, to large–from developing “conservation consciousness,” to affirming and ensuring lifelong vocations in ocean science exploration and stewardship, creating and sustaining a vehicle for youth ocean advocacy. Ocean First Institute has reached over 4,300 students in school programs within Colorado and over 100,000 students in 35 countries and 44 U.S. states with virtual programming.