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Save Our Shores

Organization Mission

Save Our Shores (SOS) stewards clean shores, healthy habitats, and living waters in order to foster thriving marine ecosystems across the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and surrounding areas to ensure the health of connected ecosystems and connected communities.

The Big Idea 2022:
Increase outdoor marine environmental options for K-12 students

SOS is committed to making nature the classroom and will increasingly conduct our curriculum outside — on school grounds, or at a nearby park or beach for hands-on learning.

Students learn and connect through outdoor models and games that help them visualize marine systems and learn via role playing. Students not only connect with nature, but they build skills together as they lead in schoolyard cleanups, create art from litter, and nature journal on field trips to the coast, a slough, or watershed.

Save Our Shores incorporates outdoor-friendly learning activities and tools while maintaining alignment with Next Generation Science Standards.

Thank you for coming to our class. This is the second year we've done this and students seem to be more aware of how our garbage affects our planet. Many of my students started using reusable water bottles and during recess time they pick up garbage. They seem to be more aware of what type of items we can recycle instead of just throwing them away.


Maria Rocha, Mintie White Elementary School Teacher, Watsonville