Our National Geographic Photo Camp – Ocean for Life program has begun! In partnership with NOAA, 30 students from Lebanon, Pakistan, Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, Bahrain, and all over North America have come together to learn about one another through ocean science, documenting their experience with the help of our NGPC Media Team. One of our female students from Qatar, Noura alJurdi, has already begun blogging about her experience HERE.
The Ocean for Life program itself is a partnership among the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, The GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program, SCUBAnauts International and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Our National Geographic Photo Camp team is running the Youth Media portion of the project.
The themes of Ocean for Life are: a sense of place, interconnectedness and ocean conservation and stewardship. Students will explore the ocean and coastal areas in NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Close to the California mainland, the sanctuary encompasses the ocean environment surrounding Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel and Santa Barbara Islands, and protects a rich diversity of marine life. Using photography and video to capture the essence of their surroundings, the students will help to create media projects that will become a tool to help Ocean for Life participants share what they have learned and promote ocean conservation and cultural understanding among their classmates, friends, families and communities back home.
To continue reading about this program, click HERE.