COVID-19 Update from Ocean First Institute
Posted on March 23, 2020

Dear Ocean First Institute Community,

These are challenging times for all of us and we hope that you and your loved ones are faring as well as possible and in good health. We know, and deeply appreciate, that Ocean First Institute is near and dear to your hearts and wanted to give you an update on how COVID-19 is affecting us.

In response to COVID-19 our Ocean First swim, dive and travel facility was closed to provide safety to our staff and the community we serve. Our leadership staff is closely monitoring the recommendations from local health officials, the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, and the CDC and we will reinstate each individual program and reopen our facility when it is deemed safe and appropriate.

This is an unprecedented time and we are all exploring the new normal. School closures have eliminated our in-person school programs and we are committed to providing online opportunities for students to continue to connect to nature and learn about ocean conservation. While things are still so uncertain, we are finding comfort in knowing that the work that we do to connect people to the value of the natural world is more important and relevant than ever. Being in nature can reduce stress and improve mental and physical health. We can’t predict what the future holds, but we can depend on nature – and community – to help us through it.

PROGRAMS

IN-SCHOOL PROGRAMS: As of Friday, March 13th, all of Ocean First Institute's in school programs are on hold and may be rescheduled as virtual opportunities as is deemed possible.

SUMMER CAMP: Our Summer Camp registration remains open and we are still looking forward to an incredible summer of exploring and learning about the ocean we all love. We will be updating you with information about summer camps regularly.