100,000th Student Campaign
Reflecting on the 20-year history of O'Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO), there are a great number of achievements we are proud of, but none more than our relationship with you, our supporters. It is thanks to your support that OSO, a non-profit organization serving Central California 4th-6th grade students, has provided over 90,000 lasting ocean science experiences for youth. In May/June 2018, we will welcome our 100,000th student and we invite you to join us as we sail toward this distinctive milestone achievement.
CAMPAIGN GOALS ARE TO:
Connect you, our supporters, to the Sea Odyssey program through the lessons, smiles, and marine life.
Increase support to ensure that OSO continues its mission of providing free, hands-on science education.
“The ocean is alive, and we have to take care of it.”
Jack O'Neill | OSO Founder
Milestones & Recognition
Welcoming our 100,000th Ocean Steward in 2018 is an achievement we wish to celebrate with you, our supporters. From serving our first student in 1996, whose class participated thanks to the vision of OSO founder Jack O'Neill, to our successes over two decades later, we owe it all to you. Here are some of the highlights.
1983 - Jack & Tim O'Neill purchase Team O'Neill catamaran in Sand City.
1992 - Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary designated.
1996 - First two O'Neill Sea Odyssey classes occur in December.
1999 - Adam Webster Memorial Fund established for special needs youth.
2000 - Jack O'Neill & Harry Hind donate O'Neill Building to OSO.
2003 - Curriculum handbook published and widely distributed.
2004 - Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.
- 25,000th Ocean Steward served.
2005 - Donor-funded remodel of OSO education center completed.
2006 - US Senator Barbara Boxer’s Conservation Champion Award.
- OSO begins providing transportation scholarships for low-income schools.
- Installation of new rooftop weather station.
2008 - Solar system installed for OSO and Surfrider Foundation.
2009 - Community Spinners Award for OSO’s Adam Webster Memorial Fund.
- 50,000th Ocean Steward served.
2012 - Curriculum aligned to Ocean Literacy principles and distributed throughout California.
2013 - Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Community Impact Award.
- 75,000th Ocean Steward served.
- Long-term study of program impact completed.
2014 - Curriculum aligned to Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards.
2015 - Virtual program created and offered to classrooms unable to travel to Santa Cruz.
2016 - Pepper College Readiness Network partner to provide curriculum nation-wide.