MERITO stands for Multicultural Education for Resources Issues Threatening Oceans

Here at MERITO Foundation, we are committed to protecting the ocean by facilitating education, conservation, and scientific research opportunities to multicultural youth and their communities.

Our Vision

Our vision is a healthy ocean cared by diverse coastal communities who live in an environmentally responsible manner regardless of native language, economic status, cultural beliefs, or ethnic background because we all share one ocean.


Educators Trained


4th-12th grade students immersed in ocean and climate education


Students sponsored education trips to Channel Islands


Hands on conservation and/or citizen science field experiences

Our Mission

Our Mission is to protect the ocean and coast by providing experiences in marine recreation, conservation, scientific research, advocacy, and environmental entrepreneurship to multicultural youth and their communities, supported by robust environmental education. 


Project proposals authored by students to reduce their school carbon footprint 


Disbursed as cash and in kind prizes to students authors of best projects


Sponsored the greening of 10 school campuses


Informed adults on clean and renewable energy options in Ventura County

How We Do It

Ocean and Climate

Education Programs

Bilingual Outreach

Conservation and Citizen Science

International Citizen Science

Teacher's Training Workshops

Services Tailored for Schools


"The MERITO Academy was an inspirational experience for my students and I when I taught 5th grade level. Without the program, my students would not otherwise have gotten access to such a high quality of science instruction."

Teresa (Terry) Ellingson

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