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"Thank you for teaching us and letting us go on the boat and making time for us to go. On Monday we learned a lot! For instance, we learned what zooplankton and plankton look like and how you navigate in the ocean. Thank you so much for working with our class." --students from La Joya Elementary in Salinas. Tap right to see their learning in action!

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Hey Santa Cruzers! Ever been on West Cliff or out on the water and wonder what that low whistle sound is? Its actually this buoy! Its purpose is to warn nearby boats in the dark night or thick fog. The sound is from air passing through a central shaft as it rises and falls with the swell. For reference, the buoy is due south of the Santa Cruz Harbor entrance and one nautical mile from the tip of the wharf. We keep on learning new things aboard the Odyssey!

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96,214 students have come through our program. By June of next year our 100,000 student milestone will be reached. From traditional navigation skills, shown here, to plankton ecology, each class comes away with amazing memories and the knowledge they need to improve our ocean environmental future! #oso100k Photo and design by @jazzper22

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Rainy season is here! One of our interactive learning stations in the OSO classroom aims to educate students on watershed ecology and the effects of runoff pollution. Find out how you can help reduce urban runoff too: https://montereybay.noaa.gov/resourcepro/urbancando.html

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So much life in one drop of water! After participating in a plankton tow aboard the catamaran, students observe their water sample under a microscope back in the OSO classroom.

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Clouds or sunshine, we’re out there! Our instructor's enthusiasm brightens up any day for our students. We’d especially like to thank Instructor Marina Maze, featured in these photographs, and wish her luck with her big move out of state! We’ll miss you Marina! Keep an eye out for her feature in an upcoming Instructor Spotlight video to be posted soon...

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Another beautiful day out on the water! Today's visiting class from Scott's Valley was lucky to see a group of Sea Otters, many California Sea Lions, as well as Moon Jellies. One step closer to our goal of reaching 100,000 students! #OSO100k

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Fan mail! We always love getting letters from so many explorers. It means a lot to have such honest appreciation expressed in such a fun way. Here are a few of the most recent letters we received from Bradley Elementary School. @bradleyelementary


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Imagine this level of stoke times 95,898 students. Their faces tell our story, your donations make sure they keep sailing. We’re getting closer to 100,000 students by the day, click the link in our bio to donate! Photo by @jazzper22 #OSO100k

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Lovely conditions for today's class from San Jose. Sailed out to the Mile Buoy and were greeted by lively California Sea Lions!

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Things can be scary but awesome at the same time! For many student explorers, their trip aboard the O’Neill catamaran is also their first time on a boat. Each day, they overcome their fears and have fun. Letters like these make us feel honored to be able to open eyes to a whole other world and provide a memorable experience to so many young explorers. On our way to 100k!


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There's plankton in these waters! After our classes trawl for plankton, our students can see how, even though the ocean water doesn't look alive, it is. These organisms make up the base of the oceans food web, a whole world of usually hidden interactions that our students then get to see by microscope back in our lab!

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These plankton images were designed by students from the Landmark School in Watsonville. Thank you for the gift!! We're so proud to see knowledge of marine ecosystems passed along to future generations.
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We just received footage from Bret Harrison, a 5th Grade teacher at King City Arts Magnet School from a trip last week.
In his words, “I wanted to compliment you guys. We love the way your crew immediately seized on the opportunity to view the dolphins, and they got the boat into position with such skill, it was amazing. The kids had such a great view! Ironically, they will now probably think that happens every time you pull out of the harbor....We loved being able to share this amazing and special experience with you all! Use any videos or photos you want.
You all rock!"
If you have any photos or videos from an OSO adventure, please share and we could feature them on instagram or Facebook! Share the stoke! #OSO100k

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Earlier this week our students got a first hand look at some ocean pollution, our captain, Tim O'Neill holds up the find. Notice how the kelp combines with the rope and ribbon, making them almost indistinguishable from natural sea life? Anything that doesn't make it into the trash or recycling easily makes its way into the ocean ecosystems and can get confused for food by our ocean life! Avoid single use plastics and make sure waste gets where it needs to be!

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Ahoy! Waves spotted ahead by one of our navigating sailors. Swell rolling into Santa Cruz this Columbus Day weekend. Hope everyone gets a chance to be on the water and be wary of hazards including large shore break, strong rip currents, and possible sneaker waves. Have fun and be safe out there!

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O'Neill Sea Odyssey hit another mini-milestone en route to serving 100,000 students! Ms. Bailey's 26-fourth graders from Sherwood School helped OSO surpass the mark to reach an astounding 95,008 students served as of yesterday. Conditions were ideal for the nearly entire group of first-time ocean-goers participating from the Salinas City Elementary School District.

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On Monday, during the quiet, still morning, bottlenose dolphins in Monterey Bay surfaced alongside the Team O'Neill catamaran as a group of 26 fifth graders from Olson Elementary School were participating in the O'Neill Sea Odyssey program. Just a short while before, the students had begun their rotation through the three learning stations while observing the Bays diverse marine life such as schooling anchovies, California sea lions, sea otters, and giant kelp, as well as a multitude of seabird species. This pod was an added bonus and indeed a special treat for our Marina, CA students.

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Your nose! The last of our explorer tool series and one that is often forgotten. There are many different smells to detect just being by the ocean. It is important to identify the sources of these smells which are different elements of the marine ecosystem. Instructor Joey holds out the plankton net we use to collect our sample. Students give it a smelling inspection and make observations. Pay attention to your nose for a day, Fall is full of wafting nostalgic scents!


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Seagulls cawing overhead, seals barking under the wharf, there are so many things happening around you, if you listen! Ears are an awesome tool your body needs, not only for hearing, but for balance too! These skills are especially useful aboard the catamaran as it cruises through the ocean swell and past its noisy inhabitants. We remind OSO’s young ocean stewards to continuously use their ears, among other explorer tools, to understand and appreciate their surroundings.

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Help us keep protecting the Monterey bay with @noaasanctuaries !
As the Trump Administration reviews the status of recent national monument designations, Dan Haifley, Executive Director of O’Neill Sea Odyssey, will give a talk on the 25th Anniversary of the creation of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Join us on Sat September 23rd, 10am at SCPD's community room. Details via link in bio!

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Back to school means back on board! To kick off O'Neill Sea Odyssey's 2017-2018 school year, two 5th grade classes from Von Renner Elementary traveled from their Newman, CA campus, nearly 100 miles away, to spend the day on Monterey Bay. For all 52 students, this was their first time participating with O'Neill Sea Odyssey and as their teacher, Miriam Rempel, pointed out, "This is the first time most have been on the ocean." Together with teacher, Mary Beth Roe, the Sea Odyssey lessons and hands-on experience will be used to build on their marine ecology program throughout the year. Photo by @jazzper22


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A funny before-during-after series, students getting out of their comfort zone and using one of their best explorer tools- the mouth! What better way to get a sense of whats under the sea than to taste what grows there. During the Marine Ecology station aboard, students have the option to taste the same kelp (previously collected and washed of course) you see all the time if you’ve ever surfed or swum in Santa Cruz. In this part of the program, we mentally submerge ourselves in a kelp forest to explore food webs, their unique residents, incredible diversity, human uses, and high productivity of kelp beds. We end by brainstorming ways that humans impact kelp forests and problem solve how to reduce negative impacts! #OSO100k #OSOloveskelp

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Our Adam Webster fund is essential for getting special needs students from Central California out on the Sea Odyssey learning about and experiencing the ocean. Adam Webster loved sailing and after he passed away, his parents worked with us to raise money for special needs Sea Odyssey classes. If you have a moment check out our blog post on the fund(oso100k.org/blog) and donate to it via the line in our bio!

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"The vision of the Adam Webster Fund of O’Neill Sea Odyssey is to provide a successful but not purely intellectual or academic learning experience for individuals with special needs in the context of the ocean environment. There won’t necessarily always be an academic curriculum, but there will always be a plan. A plan to open the doors of life and living closed by physical, social, intellectual, and emotional barriers. Special needs individuals may benefit from learning about navigation, but perhaps just as much from feeling the rolling motion of the ocean as the wave movement stimjlates a body and a sensory system that has been immobile and confined to a wheelchair for years...That is our vision.” - Tom and Judy Webster (quote borrowed from http://www.slideserve.com/latona/adam-webster-memorial-fund-o-neill-sea-odyssey)


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Weekend News: OSO members spotted again at local Santa Cruz Farmers' Market asking shoppers, "What does the ocean mean to you?" They got some positive answers and lots of smiles. Based on the results, the ocean seems to be something that most people deem worth protecting. Look out for their next appearance at a Farmers' Market near you!

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Congratulations to Dr. Christen Allaman (associate pictured here) of Santa Cruz, CA for having his name randomly selected as the winner of Jack O'Neill's biography, "It's Always Summer on the Inside." We wish to thank Dr. Allaman and everyone who supported our 100,000th Student Campaign during the raffle period. Turns out, Jack was a patient of his ophthalmology practice, Allaman Eye Care Medical Group, and was treated by Dr. Allaman for the last 21 years. Serendipitous, I'd say!

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“The physical and biological patterns of a place are imprinted on the mind so the ‘cognition, personality, creativity, and maturity-all are some way tied to particular gestalts of space. Knowledge of place where you are and where you come from is intertwined with knowledge of who you are. Landscape shapes mindscape.’” In turn, “Identity building- experience in place helps us become aware of how we ourselves are part of the web of life, we become aware of how we are embedded in an ecosystem.” (Place and Pedagogy, David Orr and Paul Shepard et al.) The ‘classroom ecosystem’ onboard an off during the day with OSO encourages students to work together within the context of the landscape they are learning about. In this way, they learn about themselves as members of larger systems, both human and environmental.

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Last day to donate for a chance to win an exclusive copy of "Its Always Summer on the Inside." Please help support Sea Odyssey as we head towards 100,000 students! Click the link in our bio for more info

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The Adam Webster Memorial Fund was founded by Tom and Judy Webster when their son Adam passed away in 1999. It provides the OSO program for cognitively and physically challenged individuals and has touched the lives of over 500 people including its students, teachers, and donors. In August 2009, OSO’s Adam Webster Memorial Fund received the Community Spinners award from the Special Parents Information Network for its work with special needs youth. We are so grateful both for the support we receive from and also for the support we are able to provide because of the Adam Webster Fund, in continuing to create ocean stewards out of the unique opportunity that is OSO.


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