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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

Get Involved with National Estuaries Week

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Get Involved with National Estuaries Week

This week is National Estuaries Week, and here at Ocean First Institute we are joining in the celebration of our country’s coasts and estuaries. Since 1988, National Estuaries Week has sought to bring awareness to the many benefits that estuaries provide and to encourage action and stewardship on their behalf.... READ MORE

High, But Not So Dry

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High, But Not So Dry

Did you know that we once had ocean in Colorado? Over millions of years, our state changed from a floodplain to beach to ocean to swamp! And 150,000 million years ago, there were quite a few different animals walking and swimming around.... READ MORE

You Are the Solution

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You Are the Solution

Six months ago, we started on an incredible adventure by creating a brand new youth program, the Ocean First Explorers Club, right in the mountains of Colorado. This club was designed to not only encourage exploration and discovery of the marine world, but to instill a sense of community and leadership within our members.... READ MORE

Why do we care about the ocean from an inland community?

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Why do we care about the ocean from an inland community?

Why is it that a small inland town such as Boulder is not only home to one of the largest SCUBA diving communities in the United States, but also to a variety of people who are dedicated to educating the community about ocean protection? And why is it important to care about the ocean and its inhabitants from a mountainous region that doesn’t even border the sea?... READ MORE

Stem Event NOAA

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Stem Event NOAA

Super Science Saturday with Ocean First Education was a huge success!... READ MORE