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    Ocean First Institute Partners in Research Expedition to Belize

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    Ocean First Institute Partners in Research Expedition to Belize

    I have just returned from leading 16 students on a week-long expedition to Belize. I have been leading trips for many years and I have to say this was the best one I have ever been part of.... 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

    Young Explorers in Bonaire

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    Young Explorers in Bonaire

    Just a few short weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel with 13 middle school students from the Alexander Dawson School in Colorado. Along with 2 of their teachers, we set out for the Southern Caribbean Island of Bonaire, a diver’s paradise with shallow clear water and abundant marine life. The people of Bonaire were way ahead of their time and declared the waters around their island a National Marine Park over 30 years ago. This was key, as our primary goals were to explore the underwater park, collect data on fish identification and abundance, and learn techniques in underwater photography.... READ MORE

    Grand Cayman Island Expedition

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    Grand Cayman Island Expedition

    Dr. Mikki from the Institute has been teaching middle school students from Kent Denver School the academic portion of the Jr. Open water diver certification this past fall.... READ MORE

    Dive Training at Ocean First

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    Dive Training at Ocean First

    This evening staff from the Institute helped Scuba train 14 students and prepare them for their upcoming Jr. Open Water adventure in Grand Cayman!... READ MORE

    Colorado Stem Academy ROV Building

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    Colorado Stem Academy ROV Building

    We were thrilled to work with the Colorado Stem Academy again this year by providing them with ROV’s (Remotely Operated Vehicles) that are created and enhanced with the design process.... READ MORE

    Casey Middle School Presentation

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    Casey Middle School Presentation

    The Institute staff and volunteers presented “The Truth About Sharks” today at Casey Middle School in Boulder.... READ MORE

    Youth Expedition in Costa Rica

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    Youth Expedition in Costa Rica

    In June, the Institute partnered with Global Travel Alliance and the St. Vrain Valley School district to take 17 middle and high school students to experience the wonders of Costa Rica.... READ MORE