An Ocean Guardian School makes a commitment to the protection and conservation of its local watersheds, the world’s ocean, and special ocean areas like national marine sanctuaries.

The school receives grants to implement a school- or community-based watershed/ocean stewardship project. At the end of the school year, schools that pass a formal evaluation process will be officially recognized by NOAA as an Ocean Guardian School.

Each school has been granted up to $6,000 in funding to focus on one of five main areas: watershed restoration, reuse/reduce/recycle/rot, marine debris, water quality monitoring, and schoolyard habitats/gardens. Since the program started in 2009, 35 schools in California have been awarded funding for their conservation projects of which 28 have been honored as Ocean Guardian Schools.

California sets a great example for schools nationwide by promoting environmental conservation in their local community with funding from NOAA’s Ocean Guardian School program,” said Larry Robinson, NOAA deputy administrator and assistant secretary for conservation and management. “Ocean Guardian Schools engage students in learning environmentally sustainable practices while directly improving their communities.”

Among this year’s 23 Ocean Guardian School grant recipients are: Ace Charter High School (Ventura county), Goleta Family School (Santa Barbara county), Hueneme High School (Ventura county), Santa Barbara Charter HomeBased Partnership (Santa Barbara county), Santa Barbara Charter School (Santa Barbara county), Washington Elementary School (Santa Barbara county).

NOAA’s Ocean Guardian Schools ended the last school year with more than 2,000 pounds of trash removed from area beaches and neighborhoods, 47,000 pounds of trash/recyclables/food waste kept out of landfills, 2,400 gallons of water reclaimed, 75,000 square feet of non-native invasive plants removed and 3,700 native plants installed.

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