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“Education, if it means anything, should not take people away from the land, but instill in them even more respect for it...” —Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” ―President Jimmy Carter
“We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it." —Pope Francis


As the development of non-cognitive skills in students becomes increasingly important to parents and educators, social and emotional learning is emerging as a growing area of opportunity in nature-based programming.

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Ocean Discovery Institute works to address inequities in access to rigorous science and environmental education by using an ocean science platform to empower students, from urban and underserved backgrounds, to...

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