Education and engagement are essential for marine conservation success, and REEF Ocean Explorers Education Programs bring oceans to life through online and in-person learning. Our programs include hands-on lessons and activities to teach participants of all ages and backgrounds about citizen science, ocean life, marine ecology and habitats, and most importantly, how each of us can make a difference! We're proud to share some stats from the Ocean Explorers Education Program in 2022.
• 34 education sessions provided at no cost to participants, with support from the Oceans for All Fund. Programs included 16 in-person Discovery Programs, 10 virtual Discovery Programs, and 8 live Virtual Field Trip sessions.
• 6 multi-day Expeditions, including a weeklong program in Kona, HI with The Road Less Traveled.
• 70 in-person Discovery Programs taught in the Upper Florida Keys. More than half of these programs were hosted at the REEF Campus in Key Largo.
• 18 online programs for students in grades 3-12, including both Virtual Field Trips and Virtual Case Studies.
• 26 organizations or schools served, including both local and out-of-state groups such as Therapeutic Scuba Institute’s Camp Open SEAS, The Hammock House at St. Columbia Episcopal Church, Road Scholars, Westcoast Connection, The Road Less Traveled, Community School of Naples, Diving with a Purpose, Phelps Center for Gifted Education, North Stewart Elementary, Coral Shores High School, Ocean Studies Charter School, Plantation Key School, Key Largo School, and the Key Largo Public Library.
• Nearly 2,000 individuals engaged, from elementary school students to senior citizens.
Ocean Explorers Education Programs create opportunities for the next generation of stewards to lead positive change for marine environments, and form a conservation community. We work directly with groups to tailor each program to their unique needs and interests, creating a life-changing experience and helping people build connections with nature. If you or someone you know is interested in planning a program, check out www.REEF.org/explorers, or email explorers@REEF.org to start your adventure. You can also click here to sign up to join the email list and receive updates about education programs.