Mission: The ocean institute is dedicated to increasing the awareness and understanding of the ocean environment through unique hands-on marine science and maritime history programs. Using the ocean as its classroom, the ocean institute inspires children to learn. The institute utilized 1,081 volunteers in the advancement of their mission. These volunteers provided 34,705 hours which was valued at $420,200.
Programs: Education in ocean science and the environment. Students are taught how we interact with the ocean and the life within it. Students utilize ocean science labs, tanks and pools to study the ocean, its creatures and the effect the environment has on the ocean. 59,120 students utilized the facilities in 2017 in the study of the environmental and ocean sciences in conjunction with their school studies.
education in maritime history. Students are taught how the ocean was used in history. Students use hands on exhibits including full scale replicas of historical sailing ships on which the students learn sailing and other sea faring activities. 10,993 students experienced maritime history during 2017 in these unique programs and approximately 14,126 individuals experienced the tall ships festival in 2017.
collaboration is the cornerstone for in-depth, immersive learning. Collaborations provide unique opportunities for students to be engaged with scientific research and principles. Working with other ngos, research institutions, and scientists, students can participate in programs such as our girls in ocean science teen conference, smithsonian plate watch monitoring program, marine science immersion project, and pre-service teacher collaboration. In 2017, 2,657 students participated.
As a child I attended summer camps at the Ocean Institute and in high school I volunteered as a crew member on their tall ship, the Pilgrim, and have never had a more exciting experience volunteering. In addition to educating children about the ocean and it's history I ended up learning a lot myself.