SAN DIEGO – Ocean Discovery Institute: Young Lives Transformed Through Science has received a generous grant from the County of San Diego, at the recommendation of Supervisor Greg Cox, that will enable the purchase of a new 15-passenger van. The van, which will be purchased through funds from the County of San Diego’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, will allow Ocean Discovery to facilitate science and conservation educational experiences all over the region for thousands of underserved young people.
“Supervisor Greg Cox is a champion for water quality in our region and, as a former educator, he understands the importance of creating opportunity for underserved students,” said Ocean Discovery Executive Director Shara Fisler. “He’s been a wonderful supporter of our organization, and this is yet another example. In fact, Supervisor Cox helped us secure the funds for our first passenger van several years ago. Thanks to the Supervisor’s support, we’ll be able to facilitate our programs around the county for years to come.”
Ocean Discovery, which brings science education and services to young people in City Heights, conducts programming in San Diego County Supervisorial District 1, which stretches from Mission Bay to the U.S./Mexico Border. Every year, the organization takes 850 City Heights 4th graders to experience the wetlands and learn about ecosystems at the south end of San Diego Bay. Additionally, Ocean Discovery is taking part in a Southern California Coastal Water Research Project study to analyze and track trash flow from the Chollas Creek sub watershed into San Diego Bay.
The new van will be instrumental in the facilitation of both projects.
“Ocean Discovery does a great job helping young people learn about the mysteries of the oceans and I’m proud to support their efforts by recommending this grant,” said Supervisor Cox. “With this van, they will be able to reach more boys and girls who otherwise may not get such a great opportunity to learn and enjoy our coast.”