Mission: Our mission is to inspire passion in people to conserve the marine environment. We do that through education and research in new england. Our most significant activities are studying marine life off the nh coast, conducting over 200 community beach cleanups each year, running educational programs at our touch tank exhibits and the blue ocean discovery center in hampton beach nh and conducting interactive presentations for schools and groups throughout new england.
Programs: Interactive educational programs - provide hands-on programs in schools and at our blue ocean discovery center in hampton beach, to teach people about marine life and inspire them to protect the ocean. School programs feature our life-sized inflatable whale and pollution prevention education. Our blue ocean discovery center features touch tanks and a variety of other exhibits about the gulf of maine and marine conservation. Together, these programs reach approximately 22,000 people annually.
beach cleanup and marine debris monitoring - engage volunteers in conducting over 200 beach cleanups a year, study microplastics and document litter as part of our long-term study on marine pollution. Use this data to develop targeted education and outreach programs.
whale research and education - provide naturalists on 3 local whale watch vessels who run a hands-on education program and inform over 25,000 people each year. Collect behavioral data on whales that is part of a long-term scientific study to identify, catalog and study the behavior of gulf of maine marine life, focusing on large whale species.
other programs to educate and promote a healthy marine environment including interactive educational programs at the blue ocean discovery center, school presentations, touch tanks, and a pet waste outreach program.