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.
Our Mission is ocean protection through education, conservation, citizen science, and to inspire the next generation of environmental professionals.
4th-12th grade students immersed in ocean and climate education
Project proposals authored by students to reduce their school carbon footprint
Sponsored the greening of 10 school campuses
Students sponsored education trips to Channel Islands
Hands on conservation and/or citizen science field experiences
Disbursed as cash and in kind prizes to students authors of best projects
Informed adults on clean and renewable energy options in Ventura County
"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."