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Our Story

Waterfront Education was founded in 2012 by Julie Coll and Mark Hansen. As avid boaters they have explored, enjoyed and protected the rich marine ecosystems in Santa Monica Bay and beyond. They saw a need to create an organization to educate the community about the ocean environment by having them actively engage with nature out on the water.


By offering these programs in the South Bay, we hope to nurture the next generation of ocean advocates and scientists."                 ~Julie Coll


A healthy ocean that’s valued, protected, and preserved by all.


To foster ocean stewardship through inclusive, engaging educational experiences.

Mission & Vision

We believe in fostering ocean stewardship by encouraging meaningful connections with the ocean. Our educational programs provide an ocean-based interactive, supportive, and engaging learning environment. Through our programs, our students may truly connect with the ocean, developing a life-long passion and commitment to its protection and preservation. By including underserved students, all have opportunities for the community engagement, environmental stewardship, personal growth, and empowerment that our programs offer.


Our Objectives

  • Create experiential learning environments for students of all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic levels, that encourage personal growth, inclusiveness and stewardship of our oceans.

  • Embrace Next Generation Science Standards and Ocean Literacy Principles in our curriculum.

  • Foster public interest and participation in our local ocean waters by helping community members engage in sail, power and paddle craft boating, along with angling and other marine activities through our programs and events.

  • Support public access and low cost facilities that increase opportunities for the community to discover and learn out on the ocean.

  • Build strong collaborative partners with local businesses and aquariums to extend our knowledge base and the services we offer to our students.


Core Values

#Safety #Respect #Stewardship #Equality #Fun #Innovation #Collaboration #Community #Leadership #Discovery

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