Covid 19 has had a tremendous impact on us all. As our communities and businesses slowly begin to re-open, there are significant entities that will have difficulty surviving this, even with the re-openings that have been planned.
Outdoor education non-profits play a vital role in encouraging and inspiring youth to explore, study, and preserve their natural environment. Their purpose is to provide a bridge between scientific inquiry presented in classrooms and at home, and the hands-on experiences and research opportunities available in fieldwork.
Many of these organizations will not be able to make the necessary payments in order for them to continue operating, such as leases, facility upkeep, equipment maintenance,insurance and staff.
Here at NCC/Long Beach Marine Institute, we are experiencing first hand the ramifications of this historical event.
We have been serving the southern California community for over 40 years and have been an active partner with local school programs, youth internship, churches and volunteer opportunities. We specialize in a variety of marine science field trips, such as leading research tours aboard our Research Vessel Challenger, overnight camps on Catalina Island, tide pool explorations, wetland kayak tours, and a summer day camp. These programs provide an invaluable educational opportunity for students by immersing them in real world field experience that will provide an introduction to future career paths and skills. These paths are vital to saving our oceans.
We value the relationships we have forged with our school groups and summer camp families over the years. We want nothing more than to continue to serve our communities, especially the families that may have missed out on these experiences due to this historical event.
Any support you are able to offer would be greatly appreciated.
No amount is too small, as we strive to continue our mission to serve our community through education.