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Save Our Shores

Organization Mission

Save Our Shores is dedicated to fostering a thriving Monterey Bay and Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary by stewarding clean shores, healthy habitats and living waters.

The Big Idea:
S.O.S. WaveMakers

Residents of Santa Cruz County know the joy of our ocean environment, along with its broad economic benefits.

As a bold and trusted steward of this resource for 40 years, Save Our Shores will launch a campaign to empower youth to address our climate emergency to ensure a livable planet for their future. We will organize, coordinate and sustain a marine conservation and climate action youth leadership group supported by an adult advisory committee and a Save Our Shores staff liaison.

Our major goal is to give our youth a voice and teach them civic engagement, advocacy, and activism, including how to access public leaders and educate them about issues of concern to younger generations, no matter what career choices they may make.

Great news — our students have been chosen as Presidential Environmental Youth Award winners for their work to reduce threats to the humpback whale. This award wouldn't have been possible without your expertise, support and guidance. Having community partners like Save Our Shores is what inspires our students to make a difference.


Jessica Campbell, Mount Madonna School, 2019