One of the primary purposes of O’Neill Sea Odyssey is to foster awareness of environmental stewardship and personal responsibility among program participants. This is done by delivering an interactive curriculum that emphasizes the connections between land and sea, and as it is a free program, each participating group is required to complete a community service project to earn their trip.
Community service is very important to us at OSO, and we are proud of the work our students have accomplished over the years. To-date, more than 3,000 service projects have been completed, often benefiting our wonderful local non-profit organizations. Some of the more common projects include:
- School recycling programs
- Lunch waste composting programs
- Beach/Creek clean ups
- Native plant restoration
- Pollution awareness programs
- Letter writing campaigns for environmental causes
- Gardens for the homeless
- Storm drain stenciling
- School campus beautification
- Community environmental awareness projects
Earlier this month, Bret Harrison’s 5th grade class from King City Arts Magnate participated in the OSO program and for their service project they worked with the City to custom-make and install permanent storm drain warning emblems to remind citizens that runoff eventually drains to the Pacific Ocean.
"OSO and their high-interest curriculum enables us to connect our King City kids, who live an hour upstream of Monterey Bay, to the issues surrounding watershed stewardship and conservation. When we see students at age 10 or 11 connecting their behavior in King City to the health and sustainability of our Ocean ecosystem, it’s a wonderful feeling...and the OSO experience helps us make this very real for them."
Bret Harrison, Science Teacher
King City Arts Magnate, 5th Grade
Aside from achieving their annual service goals, Mr. Harrison also works with his students to develop conservation practices in the classroom. In a recent project, they collected, disassembled and re-purposed materials to create art...sculptures in this case.
Alanis, Jack & Amber
Two of his students were motivated to create a life-sized sculpture of Jack O'Neill out of re-purposed materials.
We are grateful for these two O’Neill Sea Odyssey Ocean Stewards who chose to honor our founding father and no doubt Jack O’Neill is equally honored and flattered.