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Ocean First Institute Receives Sea of Change Foundation Grant for Shark and Ray Research in Costa Rica

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Ocean First Institute Receives Sea of Change Foundation Grant for Shark and Ray Research in Costa Rica

In an on-going effort to support marine conservation across the scuba diving community, the Sea of Change Foundation is pleased to support the Ocean First Institute’s shark and ray conservation project in Costa Rica.... READ MORE

Dreamer Scholars Take A Virtual Trip to the Ocean!

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Dreamer Scholars Take A Virtual Trip to the Ocean!

Through a partnership with the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County, Ocean First Institute visited with students from Columbine Elementary over four weeks to connect the scholars with marine life and issues facing our planet today. Students were able to touch real shark jaws, dissect albatross boluses, and even go on virtual dives through the waters of Indonesia!... 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

Creature Feature: Coral

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Creature Feature: Coral

Recent research has revealed the dire state of our planet’s coral reefs. Coral bleaching and reef death are occurring at an unprecedented rate. That being said, do we give up just because things look bleak? No! It inspires new minds and bodies to take action and do their part to learn about and protect these precious species and ecosystems.... 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

Inspiration from Her Deepness, Dr. Sylvia Earle

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Inspiration from Her Deepness, Dr. Sylvia Earle

Ocean First Institute’s Klara Fejer recounts the inspirational trip she took to Cocos Island alongside marine science legend, Dr. Sylvia Earle. ... READ MORE

Community Scholarships Help Campers Shine!

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Community Scholarships Help Campers Shine!

The donations of time, work, and funds that our supporters, volunteers, and donors provide allow us to expand our scope and make a bigger difference in our community and for the planet. Learn how scholarships helped shape our summer camp programs!... READ MORE

Help us Protect the Ocean by Participating in Plastic-Free July!

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Help us Protect the Ocean by Participating in Plastic-Free July!

It’s plastic-free July! Read our tips for going plastic free to improve ocean health and the health of the entire planet. We can be the solution to better marine health, whether we live on the coast or in the Rocky Mountains!... READ MORE