science education

Big Blue Dream

Maybe THEY will save the world ... Photo by Jasper Lyons.

O'Neill Sea Odyssey nears a major milestone: 100,000 students served.

The Bird School Project

An SLV Middle School student records his observations for Bird School.

How two college buddies from UC-Santa Cruz turned their passion for natural history into an outlet for middle school students to plug into the great outdoors.

Ocean Steward Art Contest Winners

Detail from Brisa Arias's grand prize-winning depiction of the land-sea connection. Brisa is a fourth-grader at Mintie White in Watsonville.

The winning entries of O'Neill Sea Odyssey's Spring 2014 Ocean Steward Art Contest are the cutest darn things we ever did see. Smart, too.

How to Save The Sea Otters

Fifth graders from Watsonville's Ann Soldo Elementary School help O'Neill Sea Odyssey instructor Celia Lara collect a seawater sample for examination. All photos by Hilltromper.

O'Neill Sea Odyssey takes kids on a marine science adventure that sticks.

Teaching Kids About Science via PORTS

PORTS instructor Vonnie Lempke, right, delivers a videoconferenced lesson about butterflies to a second-grade classroom from a makeshift studio at Seacliff State Beach. The "L" and "R" signs help Lempke, standing off-camera, navigate the green screen as a TV meteorologist does.

With support from Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and other nonprofits, the award-winning PORTS program helps California students learn science via distance learning.