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Family and Student Programs

The family and student programs available through Sea Grant support lifelong-learning in ocean science. As author and scientist Rachel Carson said, "If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in."

Many individuals and families living in the urban environment are missing a connection to the ocean, though the shoreline may only be a few miles away. The family and student programs provide guided opportunities for students to look more closely at the natural world, and to learn about technology used by scientists to study and understand it. Ensuring that students in urban areas have opportunities to learn about the marine environment is of great importance. To accomplish this, USC Sea Grant has long been dedicated to providing teaching resources in English and Spanish and to helping educators teach the principles of marine science and environmental stewardship to urban youth.

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Parent-Child Education Program

The Parent Child Education Program is a unique opportunity for students and their parents to learn together. Parent/guardian-child teams meet weekly at a school or community center to learn about marine and environmental science issues, connecting the urban environment and the ocean...more

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Island Explorers
Sea Grant's Island Explorers Program exposes students to marine science and other disciplines through classroom use of curriculum materials. The student-centered science curriculum...more
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Summer Science Programs
Weeklong Summer Science Programs for Young Women and Young Men provide middle school and high school students the opportunity to visit the USC Phillip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, and other coastal sites...more