WHAT WE DO

We believe that research and education go hand in hand. From research expeditions to classroom visits, we inspire youth to take action and become informed and effective ocean ambassadors. We have reached over 7,000 students in local Colorado schools and over 160,000 students in 35 countries and 44 US states with our ocean conservation programs. One single individual action, multiplied by millions, can create global change. 

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OCEAN FIRST DISCOVERY CENTER

OCEAN FIRST DISCOVERY CENTER

The Ocean First Discovery Center is the first interactive marine science education center in Northern Colorado. Located at our state of the art facility in Boulder, we offer hands-on marine science education to 6th-12th grade students, providing unique opportunities for students right here in the Rockies. The Ocean First Discovery Center educational programming will be facilitated by Ocean First Institute’s Executive Director, Mikki McComb-Kobza, PhD., renowned marine biologist and internationally acclaimed shark expert.

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YOUTH PROGRAMS

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Ocean First Institute focuses on youth experiential learning and research because we recognize that the preservation of the ocean for future generations relies on those generations having both the knowledge of and passion for marine conservation. To that end, we design programs that enable youth to engage in meaningful marine science through local hands-on programs, international virtual webinars, and field-based research. Each of our programs enables students to interact with and learn from passionate marine scientists and educators. The ultimate aim of these programs is to create the next generation of knowledgeable, impassioned stewards who have a deeper appreciation for the importance and relevance of the ocean to their daily lives.

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SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Ocean First Institute studies ocean wildlife and ecosystems to produce information that helps guide global marine conservation efforts. We work collaboratively with researchers that study sharks, sea turtles, manatees and other key indicator species in an effort to understand how to best manage populations and their critical habitats.

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