Ocean Institute 5th Grade Science Curricula


Since 2005

We believe that one key to successfully preserving and protecting our oceans lies in our ability to educate and teach future generations about the importance of ocean stewardship and environmental protection.

Since 2005, Miocean has been supporting a two (2) day science curriculum on the effect of urban pollution on our coastal waters, which is taught in 5th grade Science classes throughout Orange County.

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The Back Bay Science Center and Laboratory


Completed 2008

The former Back Bay Water Quality Testing Lab consisted of temporary trailers that were undersized and insufficient for its operations. The equipment and infrastructure were outdated, and water quality research capabilities were extremely limited.

Miocean partnered with the City of Newport Beach and the California Department of Fish and Game to create a $6 million campus of County featuring a state-of-the-art ocean testing laboratory and educational facilities on Shellmaker Island in the Newport Upper Bay.

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Chapman University Watershed Certificate Program (2011)

The Hoag Center for Real Estate and Finance and Schmid College of Science partnered with Miocean and Coastkeeper to offer a multi-faceted program on watershed management. Offered twice previously to rave reviews, the 6 week certificate program is back by popular demand and features sessions led by top environmental scientists and policy experts from Chapman University, water board representatives, environmental engineers, and county, city, and community representatives. The program is intended for the local water resources community, developers, consultants, lawyers, civil servants, and everyone interested in the current and future state of the Southland's water resources.

The program begins with an overview of California's watershed issues and proceeds to an examination of the science of watersheds, policy and political issues, the regulatory environment, and implications for land development. The program concludes with an included luncheon and offsite field trip. Sessions are held on Chapman's beautiful campus in Orange with refreshments provided.

For more information, please visit http://www.watershed.chapman.edu