conservation, education, marine science, ocean literacy

Why I'm an Advocate for Our Oceans (From CO, No Less!)

Paul Hilbink, Ocean First Education

I grew up on Lake Michigan. Our lives revolved around the water – swimming, sailing, and waterskiing. We listened to the Beach Boys and wore Vans. That first beer, that first kiss – it all took place at the beach.

conservation, marine science, education, ocean literacy

Ocean Conservation from Colorado

Gretchen Heine, Ocean First Education Parent and Ocean Conservationist

The ocean has played an important role in my life. A short 2 hour drive from my childhood home in Oregon, I spent many weekends combing the beach for seashells, digging for clams, and pulling up crab pots from the sea.

360 video, marine science, virtual reality, video, education

360 Degrees of Perspective

Klara Fejer, Ocean First Education

Prepare your senses for the world of the unknown. Being underwater is an immersion into a completely dynamic environment; a parallel where front and back are interchangeable and up and down are a matter of perspective.

360 video, marine science, virtual reality, video, calssroom

360 Video: Bringing a New Ocean Experience Into the Classroom

Andrea Schmuttermair, Ocean First Education Contributing Educator

Smiles. Laughter. Excited voices. Jumping out of seats. Those are the signs we teachers look for in an engaged classroom. Whether it is the beginning of a new unit, or the middle of a deep discussion, student engagement is an important factor in learning.

360 video, marine science, virtual reality, video, research

360-Degree Video: A New, Exciting Tool for Underwater Research

Dr. Caine Delacy, Ocean First Education

Recent advances in camera and computer technology have drastically reduced the cost and size of camera equipment, as millions of owners of pocket cameras can testify. The quality of photos shot by phone can be stunning.

The Amazing Reality of 360

Georg Beyer, Ocean First Education Contributing Videographer

Virtual Reality, “VR”, 360, Oculus Rift: these terms have been creeping into our vernacular over the past few years, but for most people they don’t mean much, other than that​ the main stream media and a bunch of geeks are very excited about their upcoming arrival.

MPA, conservation, coral reef, cuba, caribbean, marine science

In the Garden of the Queen

Graham Casden, Ocean First Education

While there may be a dark cloud around some of Christopher Columbus’ most notable discoveries, one thing for sure is that he recognized the natural beauty of Cuba’s southern coast when he named one of the country’s most sacred parks in honor of the Queen of Spain.

Caribbean Sea, Indo-Pacific Ocean, coral reef, evolution, ecology

Coral Reef Diversity

Dr. Caine Delacy, Ocean First Education

There are many drivers of change in our natural environments. Some happen over long periods of time and some can happen very quickly. Changes that occur naturally happen over long periods of time - millions of years - and have led to what we see today.

manta ray, conservation, Peru, biology, marine science, education

Protecting Giant Manta Rays in Peru

Dr. Kerstin Forsberg, Ocean Frist Education Grant Awardee

The South East Pacific is home to the largest documented population of Giant Manta Rays in the world. Protected in Ecuador, these rays are believed to migrate seasonally into Peru, where their presence was poorly studied, and they received no protection at all.

research, marine science, eduation, coral reefs, study

ICRS 2016, The 13th International Coral Reef Symposium

Dr. Caine Delacy, Ocean First Education

Last week I was lucky to represent Ocean First Education at the largest gathering of coral reef scientists in the world. Every four years scientists, fisheries, conservation, management, and policy experts from around the world gather to talk coral reefs.

travel, Caribbean Sea, marine science, diving, snorkeling

Caribbean Dreamin’

Klara Fejer, Ocean First Education

“Dinnertime!” My mother’s voice rings in my ears as she relentlessly tries to get me out of the water. I was ten years old on a family vacation, my first encounter with the Caribbean Sea.

education, marine science, conservation, field trip

Inquiring Minds

Catherine E. Christopher, Ocean First Education

Inquiring minds want to know, “Why marine science out of Boulder, CO?” Such was the question asked by students at the Watershed School in Boulder. To assuage their curiosity, two students spent A Day in the Life at Ocean First.

stereo-video, research, marine science, education

Journey to Hawaii for the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium

Dr. Caine Delacy, Ocean First Education

It’s a crucial time for the world’s coral reefs and there’s no better time for scientists to share what they know.

I’ll be there in Hawaii at the International Coral Reef Symposium (June 19 - 24) as scientists discuss a wide range of topics.

education, marine science, ssi, scuba diving

An Educated Diver

Catherine E. Christopher, Ocean First Education

Scuba diving, there’s nothing like it.

You are weightless under the waves, breathing underwater, and eye to eye with gazillions of brightly colored fish. Some stare back in equal wonder.

An Evolving Ocean

Dr. Caine Delacy, Ocean First Education

The oceans have played a key role as the epicenter of evolution many times. First, as an incubator allowing animal groups to evolve. Second, as a refuge as the habitability of land masses became compromised during mass extinctions.