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 Latest News

New Dates for Summer 2021 Marine Science Beach Camps!
Register Now on our Website!

3 Scholarships Available Based on Needs for Week of Aug 2 - 6, Includes Trip to Santa Cruz Island on August 5!

July 12 - July 16

The Life of Plankton

July 19 - July 23

Bills and Whales


Aug 2 - Aug 6

Watershed to Oceans

Register for this week to include an optional trip to Santa Cruz Island to hike and/or snorkel for only $60 more!

26 students from 5 regional public schools won prizes during the EECCOA Challenge 2021 & Awards Events

 Congrats to the finalists who participated in the 2021 EECCOA Challenge! Students from five different schools worked hard to create a business proposal to make their homes more sustainable.  An array of unique ideas were proposed and the MERITO Foundation hosted the virtual event announcing the winners on Friday, April 30th. The video posted here is a compilation of some of the finalists' project proposals.

You can watch the full live stream of the event on our Facebook page if you missed it.

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

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