99,358 and Counting!
 
 Last Friday, June 15, Nueva Vista Community Resources students joined the count toward 100,000 Ocean Stewards.

Last Friday, June 15, Nueva Vista Community Resources students joined the count toward 100,000 Ocean Stewards.

Reaching our 100,000th Ocean Steward is a distinctive milestone 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.

As a supporter of O'Neill Sea Odyssey, you are an integral part of this momentous occasion. This celebration is as much for you, and in recognition of your contributions to OSO, as it is for the nearly 100,000 youth we've provided with lasting ocean science experiences.

To-date, we have served 99,358 students and will likely reach our milestone in early fall, roughly 25 more classes. In advance of this special day, we invite you to join us at Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz on Sunday, June 24, to celebrate from 1 - 4 PM.

 
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OSO Receives 5-Star Rating
 
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O'Neill Sea Odyssey is thrilled to receive such accolades from our Ocean Stewards. To all the Westwood Elementary 4th graders who took the time to create these wonderful cards, we thank you from the bottom of our oceans.

 
Adam Steckley
OSO Stewards March for the Ocean
 
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Today, Sunrise Middle School students presented O'Neill Sea Odyssey instructors Julia, Nikki and Kaila with their collaborative "Ocean Pollution" information boards produced as part of their OSO Community Service Project. Sunrise Middle School sixth graders are responsible for cleaning up the Lower Silver Creek near their school in San Jose in the fall and again in the spring. Through this volunteer effort, and in preparation for their OSO field trip, they learn how the waste that goes into neighborhood creeks ultimately can make its way to the ocean and harm fish and other marine life.

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In addition, the sixth graders read World Without Fish and are also raising money for ocean causes.

 


Thank you, Sunrise Middle School students, for spreading the word about plastic pollution. Your message and efforts have a big impact in our community and beyond. You are truly Ocean Stewards!

 

 
Adam Steckley
In Loving Memory of Jack
 
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Jack O'Neill

March 27, 1923 - June 2, 2017

 
 July 9, 2017 Memorial Paddle-Out, Pleasure Point, California. Photo courtesy of Nikki Brooks   

July 9, 2017 Memorial Paddle-Out, Pleasure Point, California. Photo courtesy of Nikki Brooks

 

 

Thank you, Jack!

Adam Steckley
OSO's Advisory Board Convenes
 
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Earlier this week, members of OSO's Advisory Board met with the O'Neill Sea Odyssey Board of Directors and staff to review the proposed Five Year Strategic Plan for 2019-2023. Following Executive Director Dan Haifley's presentation, various input and ideas were discussed which the BOD will consider in the final version of the plan, to go into effect January 1, 2019 and guide O'Neill Sea Odyssey's annual operations through the end of 2023.

Advisory Board members in attendance were (from left to right):  Mike Rotkin, Stephany Aguilar, Jess Brown, Emily Reilly, Ana Ventura Phares, Harvey Nickelson, Joyce Anderson, and Robert Stephens.

 O'Neill Sea Odyssey courses available through Pepper.

O'Neill Sea Odyssey courses available through Pepper.

In addition, presentations were provided by both Education Coordinator, Laura Walker, and Operations Coordinator, Adam Steckley. Laura discussed the ongoing project to distribute OSO's science curriculum nationally through the Pepper College Readiness Network while Adam shared results and highlights of the 100,000th Student Campaign including details about the upcoming milestone celebration.

 
 

Thanks to all who support the program, O'Neill Sea Odyssey is poised for continued success over the next five years and beyond!

 
Adam Steckley
Disposable Plastic Blues
 
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O'Neill Sea Odyssey is proud to share this short video our Watsonville Charter School students made, called "Disposable Plastic Blues". It's an original song about rethinking and reducing disposable plastic use and has been shown at the Watsonville Film Festival and at the First Friday Santa Cruz event earlier this month. For display at that event, Jennifer Gill's students created a 12-foot tall diatom mobile out of plastic debris.

 
They already knew first hand what diatoms look like because of the O’Neill Sea Odyssey program!
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Thank you, Watsonville Charter School students, for creatively spreading the word about plastic use. Your message and efforts have a big impact in our community and beyond. You are truly Ocean Stewards!

 
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Limited Time Offer
 
 O'Neill Sea Odyssey students in class aboard the Team O'Neill catamaran as it sails along the Santa Cruz Wharf. Photo courtesy of Rick Oliver.

O'Neill Sea Odyssey students in class aboard the Team O'Neill catamaran as it sails along the Santa Cruz Wharf. Photo courtesy of Rick Oliver.

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From now through Thursday, June 21, 2018, raffle ticket purchasers who contribute $100 or more to win a Private Sailing Charter aboard the 65’ Team O’Neill Catamaran will be automatically entered into the weekly drawing (every Friday through June 22) for an autographed copy of Piers of the California Coast, Ed Grant's paperback book full of beautifully written, exquisitely photographed and historically significant stories of coastal California piers and wharfs. Purchase your tickets now! (Book value $29.95. One entry per $100.)

"An absolutely outstanding book in every way. The photos are magnificent, electrifying, interesting and just plain lovely. Each pier along the splendid California coastline is chronicled with its own story and detailed history. A great read, and beautiful picture adventure." - Anonymous Review

 
Did You Say Celebration?
 

Yes indeed! On June 24, O'Neill Sea Odyssey will celebrate its 100,000th student milestone at Cowell Beach and YOU are invited. We've got a great lineup of fun, family-friendly events scheduled so be sure to register today. It's FREE!

Sponsored by:

 

Beach Cleanup

11:30-1:30 Coordinated by Save Our Shores with support from Dream Inn. All are welcome and encouraged to join the cleanup.

Samba Stilt Circus

1:00-1:30 Performers will welcome attendees as the event kicks off.

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Ceremony

1:30-2:30 City of Santa Cruz street dedication of "Jack O'Neill Way" by Mayor David Terrazas and OSO milestone remarks by Executive Director Dan Haifley. Seating for attendees will be provided.

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The Wavetones

2:30-4:00 Live music to accompany the beach vibe.

Te Hau Nui

3:00-3:30 Hula and Tahitian dance performance.

Raffle Drawing

3:30 The lucky winner of the 2-hour private sailing charter will be announced. Tickets are available now so get yours today!

 

In the lot from 1:00-4:00

Food & Treats

Delicious food and drinks provided by Pono Hawaiian Grill, El Buen Taco, Ate3One, and Mission Hill Creamery. Please bring your reusable bottle for filling at the water cooler.

Bike Valet

1:00-4:00 Event attendees are encouraged to use human powered alternative transportation. Bike Santa Cruz County will be on-site to provide FREE, secure valet bike parking for your two wheels.

 

On the beach from 1:00-4:00

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Marine Debris Artwork

Create art using plastic pollution and marine debris.

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Face Painting

Ocean themed designs for kids of all ages.

Sand Art

Bill Lewis will create his Santa Cruz Sand art.

Club Ed

Surf lessons and board rentals on Cowell Beach. Reservations requested.

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"Photo Booth"

Tell us, "What does the ocean mean to you?"

 
 

We hope to see you there!

Adam Steckley