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.

600+

Educators Trained

23,000+

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

678

Project proposals authored by students to reduce their school carbon footprint 

$32,050

Sponsored the greening of 10 school campuses

12,100+

Students sponsored education trips to Channel Islands

550

Hands on conservation and/or citizen science field experiences

$49,500

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

29,648

Informed adults on clean and renewable energy options in Ventura County

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 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. 

How We Do It

Ocean and Climate Education Programs

Ocean and Climate

Education Programs

Bilingual Outreach

Conservation and
Citizen Science

Conservation and Citizen Science

International Citizen Science

International Citizen Science

Teachers' Training
Workshops

Teacher's Training Workshops

Services Tailored for Schools

Services Tailored for Schools

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"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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