Ocean Matters Florida Marine Ecology Expedition and Scholarship Announcement


Date and Time:

Sunday, June 21, 2020, 12:00am to Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 9:00pm

Registration Deadline:

Sunday, March 1, 2020, 11:44pm

Please help us get the word out about our service learning project in Florida that helps teens develop skills for a changing world. Scholarship available through the generosity of the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs.


Join other teens from Florida and other states above the watershed for the Florida Marine Ecology Expedition and learn how you can be part of the solution to the many problems facing our oceans. The Expedition combines a survey of challenges to the marine ecosystem through five days with the iconic Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) in Clearwater on the west coast of Florida and then a shift to a focus on practical solutions to these problems for five days in Key Largo on the east coast with the Coral Restoration Foundation (TM). Earn PADI open water scuba certification; do a coral restoration project on scuba; learn about manatee, turtle and dolphin conservation from top researchers in the field; and more (June 21-July 1, 2020)

During the expedition we will work with media professionals to create a short, ocean advocacy film so that you can engage others in solutions, too. Participants in this program will also be trained as leaders to become part of the Ocean Matters Team Ocean Teen Leader (TOTL) project, a group of teens that work in Florida, Hawai’i and Honduras to make a difference.

Amazing trip! So thankful for everything—the experiences, scuba certification, the friends I’ve made. This has honestly been the best thing I’ve ever done in my life—will never foget it! I’m so sad that it’s come to an end.” — Ellie Siney, Florida Marine Ecology Expedition 2019.

I got to help fix what was falling apart.” — Josh Fields, Florida Marine Ecology Expedition 2019

This program has been the most impactful week of my life. Thank you so much!” — Sophie Sharp, Florida Marine Ecology Expedition 2019


How to apply/register:

How to Apply to the Scholarship & Deadlines

To be eligible for this need-based scholarship, students must submit to the Ocean Awareness Contest with a piece of original art and opt-in to the award on the submission form by March 1, 2020, AND apply separately to Ocean Matters by March 15, 2020.

The Ocean Matters Award recipient will be notified by April 1, 2020.

Contact Name:

Laura Parker Roerden

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