OCEAN FIRST INSTITUTE

Ocean Conservation Through Research and Education

Boulder, CO   |  www.oceanfirstinstitute.org

Mission

Ocean First Institute helps future generations put the ocean first by exposing them to its wonders and igniting their passion for impactful, hands-on marine conservation. We serve students in Colorado with our in school and after school programs, and summer camps. We reach students nationally and internationally with our virtual outreach programs.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza

Director of Outreach

Lauren Riegler

Main address

3015 Bluff Street

Boulder, CO 80301 USA

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EIN

47-1716881

NTEE code info

Marine Science and Oceanography (U21)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Most students do not learn about the important role the ocean plays in our every day lives and existence. It is a missing element in K-12 education. We are changing that by providing In School marine science education programming.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Youth Outreach

We focus on youth experiential learning and education because we recognize that young people are our future. Our core mission is to impart knowledge and provide experiences for youth to engage in meaningful marine science. We accomplish this through our local hands-on programming, international virtual outreach, as well as our youth expeditions. Our programs are built around students working alongside passionate marine scientists and educators in both the classroom and the field.

Population(s) Served

By bringing the ocean to the classroom through in-person education programs, OFI is able to showcase unique opportunities for students and expose them to the incredibly diverse ocean world. Our In-School Programs have been expanding student's knowledge in the areas of ocean literacy, marine biology, and conservation biology within the Boulder and St. Vrain Valley School Districts, and throughout the Front Range. Our lessons involve interactive inquiry-based experiments that help motivate and support students for success in the advancement of their education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The outreach team engages students in fun activities that demonstrate how we are all connected to the ocean, no matter where we live, while helping to inspire future leaders in marine science and conservation.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of website sessions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Youth Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We educated students through SKYPE in the Classroom and ZOOM platforms in one hour educational sessions.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Youth Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide 1 hour in school environmental education programs in Boulder County and Denver Metro K-12 schools.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are trying to educate and inspire people to take action to better the health of the ocean and ultimately themselves.

We conduct research on imperiled species in the ocean and we bring these stories back to the classrooms to inspire youth to take action.

We have staff scientists, educators and filmmakers all working towards the goal of reaching thousands of people with our message of action.

We have reached over 110,000 people with our message. We need to create materials that help people take small directed steps to make the changes in their lives than will improve the health of the ocean.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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OCEAN FIRST INSTITUTE

Board of directors
as of 4/13/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Graham Casden

Ocean First Institute

Term: 2014 - 2024

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/13/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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