Happy World Oceans Day! http://worldoceansday.org/
While as a marine biologist, I always look forward to this day, this year’s World Oceans Day has special meaning for me. I’ve spent most of the year thus far living in some of the most amazing places in the world, from the three months in the Galapagos where I spent nearly every day in the ocean, to my current stop on this adventure as an intern here in Washington state, Now I’m in the unique position to help teach children about the wonders of the ocean.
I’ve spent the last week researching ideas for my Junior Oceanographer summer camps. It’s amazing how much material is out there for kids about the ocean.
Planning the camps has also required that I take a step back and figure out what first got me interested in becoming a marine biologist. I look back at the little girl from Ohio, hundreds of miles from the ocean, watching National Geographic videos. The little girl who dragged her mom to the local library to hear a talk when the famous ocean explorer Dr. Robert Ballard was in town.
If my camps could help even one kid get interested in the ocean or science, I will have succeeded.