Ocean for Life

Ocean for Life: One World, One Ocean

This site is designed to engage the Ocean for Life Alumni in continued learning about the ocean, each other, and the places where they live

Ocean for Life in the News and Blogosphere!

2013 Media Coverage

Santa Barbara Independent:

Ocean 101 for Kids

Trinity Voice:

Ocean for Life: We are all Connected

Alpena News:

MacDonald is 1 of 30 students worldwide to participate in Ocean for Life Program

East Atlanta Patch:

Ormewood Park Teen Bridges Cultures, Worlds through Oceanic Research

2011 Media Coverage

Ventura County Star:

Ocean bridges students from Middle East, West


Santa Barbara Independent:

Middle East Meets West in Ocean for Life Program


National Geographic:

Weekend Radio with Boyd Matson


Qatar Tribune:

Four Qatari Students Participate in Ocean for Life Programme


Santa Cruz Sentinel:

After 9/11, international youth find an ocean in common


The Peninsula (Qatar):

Qatari students take part in U.S. marine programme


Alert Diver:

Changing Oceans, Changing Lives


Thank You Ocean Report Video Podcast:

Ocean for Life 2011


The Daily Star (Lebanon):

Local high school students to visit California for field study


Times Free Press:

Soddy-Daisy Student Devan Gann Charts Career Path in Marine Biology


The Herald:

Super Kid: Brijonnay Madrigal, senior, Mariner High School


The GLOBE Program:

Students conduct research near Santa Barbara Channel Islands during 2011 Ocean for Life Field Study


Cranston Patch:

Cranston West Student Chosen for Exclusive NOAA Summer Ocean Program


Vision Workshops Blog:

National Geographic Photo Camp


QFI The Official Blog:

Ocean Conservation and Photography


Official Blog of SCUBAnauts International:

Ocean for Life 2011


Randy Silver's Blog:

Ocean for Life Program


Cranston Herald:

Tilton embarks on 'Ocean for Life' journey


2009 Media Coverage

Florida Keys Keynoter

Miami Herald

National Geographic Weekend

NOAA's National Ocean Service podcast:
Making Waves

New America Media:
Marine Course Dispels Cultural Myths

American University:
Students Teach Global Youth to Film in the Ocean


Welcome to the OCEAN FOR LIFE website

Ocean for Life fosters cultural understanding through the study of the ocean ecosystem. All life in the ocean is connected and in the same way our human cultures are all connected. Diversity is a strength in the ocean world. So too in ours. The goal of Ocean for Life is to bring better understanding of the diverse marine world and of the diverse peoples of the world. Our lives depend on close connections to the ocean -- and on the close connections that link us all.

To find out more about the program for the 2013 Ocean for Life field study, visit http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education/ofl.

Photo: Bryanna Fiame, American Samoa, Ocean for Life 2011

The idea for the Ocean for Life program has its roots in the tragedy of September 11, 2001, when the plane carrying three DC public school students, their teachers, and National Geographic Society staff en route to an ocean filed study in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of California was hijacked and flown into the Pentagon.

Since that tragedy, the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has been seeking a way to unite the communities affected through an understanding of how we - like the all life in the ocean - are connected.

At the center of Ocean for Life are high school students from Western and Greater Middle Eastern countries who have been selected to participate in a group field experience in a national marine sanctuary in the United States. When they return to their home communities, the participants are encouraged to use their experience to become better stewards of their local environment, promote its connection to the ocean, and strengthen the links they have built to the communities and cultures of their fellow participants.

The private, members only side of this website is to be used by participants to work together and create the messages of the program. Watch this public side of the site to experience the communication products of the participants' collaborations.

The Ocean for Life program is a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, The GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program, Scubanauts International, Inc. and National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. It is presented in collaboration with the National Geographic Society, American University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and Meridian International Center.

The Ocean for Life Program

Ocean for Life: One World, One Ocean
Enhancing Cultural Understanding through Ocean Science

To promote cross-cultural understanding among world cultures through a greater appreciation of the ocean and how it connects us all.

To provide high-quality, immersive ocean field studies and follow-on education programs to facilitate cross-cultural learning, appreciation and lasting experiences among multi-national students.

Through Ocean for Life we seek to establish cultural connections that ultimately lead to better understanding and the strengthening of our global relationships. The main themes of Ocean for Life are: a sense of place, interconnectedness, and ocean conservation and stewardship.

A Sense of Place
Developing a sense of place stimulates curiosity about the world and its diverse inhabitants and habitats. Students will explore the fascinating ocean and coastal areas found within the national marine sanctuaries and draw comparisons with their own unique local and regional environments. 

Understanding the connections between Earth’s physical and human systems is fundamental to comprehending one’s own place in the world. Ocean for Life participants will learn about the interconnectedness of the world’s ocean and understand that their local actions impact the ocean, no matter where they live.  Students will also learn about the interconnectedness of people around the globe.

Ocean Conservation and Stewardship
The context of the National Marine Sanctuary System will be used to raise awareness of the importance of resources in the ocean. Participants will learn about the research, conservation, and stewardship activities being conducted to address the issues threatening ocean health and to protect the resources within it.

Photo: Emiliano Valle, Florida, Ocean for Life 2011

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