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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.

Educators interested in registering to participate in our new '¡Vamos a La Playa!' program, please view flyer and visit the ¡Vamos a La Playa! Webpage

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As of July, 2024


Educators Trained


Students sponsored education trips to Channel Islands


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


Hands on conservation, recreation and/or citizen science field experiences


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

Our Vision / Nuestra Visión

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.

Nuestra visión es un océano saludable cuidado por diversas comunidades costeras que viven de manera responsable con el medio ambiente, sin importar el idioma nativo, el estado económico, las creencias culturales o el origen étnico, porque todos compartimos un mismo océano.

Our Mission / Nuestra Misión

To protect the ocean by engaging multicultural youth and their communities in transformative experiences in environmental education, scientific research, outdoor recreation, marine conservation & entrepreneurship. 

Nuestra misión es proteger el océano al proveer experiencias transformativas en educación ambiental,  conservación marina, recreación al aire libre, y emprendimiento verde y sostenible a jóvenes multiculturales, y a tráves de ellos, a sus comunidades.

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

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Teacher's Training Workshops

Services Tailored for Schools


Services Tailored for Schools

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"I learned many things during these months including leadership skills, outdoor stewardship, and environmental protection. The MERITO Foundation has nurtured my love for oceanography and marine biology."

Lincoln, MERITO Foundation's Outdoor & Environmental Steward (2022-2023)

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