We bring the ocean to the classroom. Our staff has educated over 6,250 local youth about the connection we have to the ocean, even if we don't live next to it. It's a powerful concept that resonates deeply. Ocean First Institute's School Programs have been expanding student's knowledge in the areas of ocean literacy, marine biology, and conservation biology throughout Colorado's Front Range. Our lessons involve interactive inquiry-based experiments that help motivate and support students for success in the advancement of their education and careers in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM). The outreach team engages students in fun activities that demonstrate how we are all connected to the ocean, no matter where we live, while helping to inspire future leaders in marine science and conservation. For more information contact us. For the full brochure of offerings (K-12th) click here.


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Our conservation program offers students in grades 4th-12th the opportunity to work directly alongside leading scientist mentors on exciting and relevant marine conservation topics, such as climate change and plastic pollution (each program is 60 minutes). Through experiments and stories told through charismatic marine life, students discover the issues facing our ocean today, while also working together to complete conservation challenges and develop their own solutions to environmental issues.


Ocean Conservation program list and descriptions here