Ocean Connectors was formally established in 2007 and joined The Ocean Foundation in 2009. The Ocean Connectors mission is to educate, inspire, and connect youth in underserved Pacific coastal communities through the study of migratory marine life. Ocean Connectors is an environmental education program that links students in San Diego County, California and Nayarit, Mexico to foster a shared view of our global environment and to promote an early interest in conservation.
Ocean Connectors uses migratory marine species such as sea turtles, whales, and sea birds as case studies. Students participate in class presentations, coastal field trips, habitat restoration, and a binational “knowledge exchange” to learn about stewardship. This is a unique interdisciplinary program that incorporates reading, writing, art, geography, language studies, and physical activity into conservation lessons.