Intentions to Act

 
OSO Captain, Tim O'Neill, hoists drift-kelp from Monterey Bay entangled in boat line and balloon ribbon. (Photo: Colin Carney)

OSO Captain, Tim O'Neill, hoists drift-kelp from Monterey Bay entangled in boat line and balloon ribbon. (Photo: Colin Carney)

O'Neill Sea Odyssey students engage in hands-on science and mathematics discussions in an effort to better understand their connection to the natural world around them, including watersheds and marine ecosystems. Witnessing threats such as ocean pollution encourages discussions on human impacts and the need for conservation. Above all, the program experience and first-hand observations of wildlife is a special opportunity for our students who, for many, this is their first time on a boat on the ocean.

Following the program, this new or increased knowledge often motivates OSO students to share their appreciation through words and art. The wonderful drawings and personal statements represent attitudes and changed behaviors intended to help protect and preserve our environment and ocean habitat. These expressions of "intentions to act" were, in fact, recognized in the San Jose State University Masters research findings of a long-term impact study by OSO Instructor, Lauren Hanneman.

 

We are grateful to our Bradley Elementary students and all O'Neill Sea Odyssey Ocean Stewards for committing to act. Keep it up!