Fourth Annual Ocean Kids

Univ. of Miami Students Give Back as Local Disadvantaged Youths Learn about the Ocean & World


CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Future Interests in Nature and the Sea (F.I.N. Sea) Foundation is hosting the fourth, annual “Ocean Kids” event on the University of Miami (UM) Coral Gables campus Saturday, November 19th, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the Edward T. Foote II University Green.  Ocean Kids educates local elementary school students from underserved communities about the ocean and conservation during a day of hands-on learning and adventure. The goal of this event is to foster curiosity about the ocean, instill a passion for learning, and generate environmental awareness.

Guest speaker, UM President Donna E. Shalala will kick off this year’s festivities with inspirational words for the 200 third graders in attendance, before they embark on their educational exploration. She will be joined by other speakers, including Dr. Roni Avissar, dean of the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and Danni Washington, a Rosenstiel School alumnus and founder of The Big Blue & You Foundation. 

The children in attendance are 8- and 9-year-old students from high-needs education districts in Miami-Dade County. During the 5-hour program, students will rotate through 15, different education stations that include hands-on demonstrations and activities, such as a marine mammal rescue, finding a solution to pollution, fishing for overfishing facts, and a touch tank exploration.

This year’s event is unique in that it is incorporating materials from UM’s Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and the Miami Consortium for Latin Americaninto what the children will be learning.  After visiting each of the stations, the children will get a stamp in their education “passport.”

Ocean Kids is free of charge for the invited elementary schools but is not open to the public or to additional elementary schools. To learn more about F.I.N.SEA Foundation, Ocean Kids, or how to get involved in future events, please visit

Future Interests in Nature and the Sea (F.I.N.SEA) Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization with a mission to offer at-risk children hands-on, experiential, marine science learning adventures, while simultaneously fostering environmental awareness. Honor society Rho Rho Rho and The Marine Mammal Stranding Team (UM student organizations) will be coordinating this project with F.I.N.SEA Foundation.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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