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.

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Volunteers restore the Kalorama Wetland by the Ventura Pier

Youth, their families, and adult volunteers dedicated 720 volunteer hours tot he restoration of the Kalorama Wetland and planted 237 plants of 14 different native species. The habitat restoration project which started in the Fall of 2020 included invasive plant removal, planting and seeding native species, and education youth and adults about the importance of wetland and native habitats in our region and for our coast. The protect concluded in March 15, 2021 after 25 habitat restoration events at the iconic site by the Ventura Pier. Experience the last event through this video.

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.

Our Mission

Our Mission is ocean protection through education, conservation, citizen science, and to inspire the next generation of environmental professionals.


Educators Trained


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


Project proposals authored by students to reduce their school carbon footprint 


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

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

The MERITO Foundation is being recognized with the Community Foundation Award at the Water: Take 1 Film Festival

The award honors the Foundation's effort to build ocean stewardship and environmental literacy among local youth. Through a partnership between the MERITO Foundation and Ventura Water, over 1,500 students from Ventura schools have visited the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility since 2017. During field experiences, students learn about the importance of conserving water in our region, how our water distribution system works, and how to reduce urban runoff pollution.

The award will be presented during the Water: Take 1 Film Festival organized by Ventura WaterThe film festival is a free, public event featuring short films that showcase critical water issues and community efforts in water conservation.

This event was postponed. Check back soon for a new date!

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Operations address:

3897 Market St. Suites 101 & 102

Ventura, CA, 93003, USA

Administrative address:

1501 Cardigan Ave. Ventura CA 93004

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