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Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary - Education

MERITO Bilingual Outreach


MERITO at CINMS has reached over 10,000,000 people indirectly through bilingual media projects and products such as newspaper articles, TV segments, radio spots, and in national telepresence projects such as the Aquarius Mission ‘If Reefs Could Talk’ of 2010 To see some of the shows visit:

In addition to over 65,000 people have been served directly (person to person) through outreach events and products including community events, science fairs, and bilingual printed materials. Often in collaboration with the Channel Islands Naturalist Corps (CINC) presenting information is provided in booths at community events in English and/or Spanish (as needed) about the sanctuary resources and programs, and on how we can all contribute to ocean protection and how we all benefit from the ocean.

MERITO tailors hands-on activities, demonstrations, presentations or performances according to the event theme, audience’s age and locality such as the watershed model demonstrations, or the MERITO puppet show. MERITO staff also participates upon invitation as Hispanic role model speakers during Minority Youth Career Fairs or workshops.
MERITO integrates Multicultural elements to existing CINMS programs and materials for education, resource protection and research such as the Spanish-language signage at the Santa Barbara Zoo, the informative brochure ‘Protecting Our Channel Islands’ in Spanish and the bilingual bus signs on how to prevent urban runoff placed in summer 2006 in Santa Barbara city buses utilizing the students’ art.

Contact us:
Rocio Lozano-Knowlton, MERITO Bilingual Program Coordinator
Channel Islands Boating Center in Channel Islands Harbor
3880 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
(805) 729-0442



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