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Meet Elevations Foundation Grantee: Ocean First Institute

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Meet Elevations Foundation Grantee: Ocean First Institute

Here in Colorado, we are a long way from the ocean. But our rivers flow to both the Atlantic and the Pacific, and the choices we make here can have a global impact. Boulder-based Ocean First Institute is dedicated to ocean conservation through research and education.... READ MORE

Conservation Corner: Rethinking Our Shopping Habits

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Conservation Corner: Rethinking Our Shopping Habits

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about how we can reduce our impact on the planet in every-day ways, like refusing a plastic straw when visiting a restaurant, but one thing we don’t often think of when we hear the word sustainable is the clothing we wear. One way that we can make a positive, simple change is to rethink the way that we purchase clothing.... READ MORE

Volunteer Spotlight: Lauren Stovall

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Volunteer Spotlight: Lauren Stovall

You might recognize this month’s Volunteer Spotlight – Lauren Stovall from one of our many community outreach events throughout the year. Learn more about one of our incredible supporters who truly believes in sharing her passion for the ocean with others to create a better future for our blue planet!... READ MORE

Creature Feature: Great White Sharks

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Creature Feature: Great White Sharks

A massive Great White Shark appeared off the coast of Hawaii a few weeks ago and researchers identified her as “Deep Blue” a shark that was previously filmed and tagged thousands of miles away in Guadalupe Island off Mexico.... READ MORE

Ocean Conservation in Colorado?

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Ocean Conservation in Colorado?

This is one of the main questions asked at Ocean First Institute community outreach events. While there is quite some distance from the mountains of Colorado to the ocean shorelines, it is easy to forget the interconnectedness of the world’s waterways. Our actions in Colorado affect marine life all across the globe.... READ MORE

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Symposium: The Ocean is Calling

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Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Symposium: The Ocean is Calling

Did you know that the first female four-star general of the Air Force went to school for engineering? Not only that, but General Janet Wolfenbarger earned two Master of Science degrees. Talk about a role model! How about Rosie the Riveter – did you know that women went to work in manufacturing during World War II? Ms. Mae Krier stepped up to support the war effort and built aircraft. How cool is it that she can say that she built a B-17 Flying Fortress? Ladies: there are no limits to what you can achieve because of the many women like these two who have paved the way.... READ MORE

Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza and Ocean First Institute Receive National Recognition!

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Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza and Ocean First Institute Receive National Recognition!

Congratulations go to our Executive Director, Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza, on receiving the Blue Friend of the Year Award! This was Loggerhead Marine Life Center’s Ninth Annual Go Blue Award Luncheon, recognizing businesses, nonprofits, and individuals who have promoted, implemented, or contributed to a “Blue” lifestyle of marine conservation.... READ MORE

Scientists Investing in Education and a Better Future

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Scientists Investing in Education and a Better Future

Over the past three years, Ocean First Institute (OFI) has helped over 3,000 local youth discover the wonders of our ocean. From virtual SCUBA diving to dissections, from local community action projects to mock field research exercises, scientists with OFI have given students the opportunity to explore the fields of marine science & conservation right here in the mountains of Colorado.... READ MORE

Landlocked Researcher is a Shark’s Best Friend

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Landlocked Researcher is a Shark’s Best Friend

You couldn’t be much further from the ocean, and sharks, than Colorado. Yet it’s here that the Ocean First Institute in Boulder has become one of the marine animal’s most fervent benefactors.... READ MORE

Connecting Youth with the Ocean

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Connecting Youth with the Ocean

Our Executive Director, Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza, recently had the opportunity to join the Misión Tiburón team in Costa Rica to participate in a special shark education event.... READ MORE