Aquarium Receives Grant From Oregon Community Foundation

November 17, 2008

Funds are earmarked for the Ocean Literacy and Conservation Education Collaborative

The Oregon Coast Aquarium was awarded a grant in the amount of $35,000 by the Betty Lou Roberts Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation to fund a new position of School Liaison. The grant supports the Ocean Literacy and Conservation Education Collaborative, a partnership of numerous research and education partners working together on a large-scale, long-term initiative. The School Liaison will launch the project locally where natural and interpretive resources are close at hand.

“This support from the Oregon Community Foundation allows us to take another step toward our goal to make Lincoln County school students the most ocean literate in the country and all Oregon students more science literate,” said Kerry Carlin Morgan, Aquarium Director of Public Programs. “It will also serve to cultivate long term partnerships between our resource partners and schools to keep us on track in meeting recommendations from the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy toward engaging the public in ocean science.”

The OCF grant was contingent on local individuals and businesses donating at least $10,000. Behind the volunteer leadership of Guy DiTorrice, a long-time friend of the Aquarium, qualifying donors contributed over $15,000 to the position. In addition, the Lincoln County School District and The Collins Foundation have committed generous support for this position over the next few years. The Aquarium will continue its efforts to secure donations as needed for later years.

To initiate the project, the Aquarium will collaborate with Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon Sea Grant, and Lincoln County School District. The Collaborative will take advantage of their unique assets, proximity and past collaborative accomplishments to use ocean science education to strengthen the general science curriculum offered to local K-12 school children.

The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), established in 1973, has managed charitable funds donated by individuals, families and businesses to enhance and support the quality of life in their communities. Today, the Foundation’s endowment consists of over 1,400 funds with a combined asset of $1 billion.

The Foundation makes grants through an application process that involves local citizens in the review and evaluation of requests for funds. Application materials are available through the Foundation’s Portland office. Individuals or businesses interested in establishing a fund may contact the Coos Bay office at 915 South First St., Coos Bay, OR 97420-1401, 541-269-9650.