The rich and diverse communities of the Los Angeles region include varied cultural and individual connections to the coast and ocean.  The USC Sea Grant educators work with community partners to co-develop education programs that bridge science research, local and traditional ecological knowledge to understand our place in the watershed. This work creates opportunities for all students, especially creating opportunities for Latinx, Black, Indigenous, and other marginalized students and lifelong learners to consider engagement and careers in coastal, marine, and watershed environments. Locally the Los Angeles STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Ecosystem and the Statewide California Environmental Literacy Coalition are two arenas where Sea Grant works directly with community-based partners to build capacity and engagement.


View National Sea Grant’s 10-Year Environmental Literacy Visioning Document

Marina view on a sunny day in Woods Hole, MA

Emphasis on Ocean Literacy

USC Sea Grant has a long history of involvement with Ocean Literacy and continues to engage educators as they incorporate Ocean Literacy principles and concepts in their work.

2022 Lunch and Learn Event on Ocean Literacy

In June 2022, USC Sea Grant held a virtual discussion about the past, present, and future efforts for advancing Ocean Literacy featuring three Sea Grant and NOAA professionals, all of who play an integral part in furthering Ocean Literacy: Lynn Whitley (USC Wrigley Institute and USC Sea Grant Emirati), Diana Payne (Connecticut Sea Grant), and Sarah Schoedinger (NOAA Education). Following the discussion, the event included a Q&A session.

View the Powerpoint slides

View the handout with links and speaker contact information