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Youth Ocean Stewardship Certification

The Youth Marine Science Stewardship Certification with instructor Lauren Blickley is designed to introduce high school students to ocean conservation issues from a local, Maui-based perspective and a scientific lens.

Students will learn the fundamental principles of ocean stewardship through ‘aina-based and place-based applied learning, field trips, and hands-on instruction focused on promoting key science and communication skills.

With this class, students will develop foundational knowledge of local marine conservation issues, learn to draw conclusions from nature-based observations, understand the connectivity between marine and human environments, and work as a team to collect, analyze, and effectively interpret scientific data.

Course Goal: Students will develop a foundational knowledge of local marine conservation issues through a scientific lens and place-based learning.


  1. Communication Concepts/Techniques including presentations and interviewing community members and subject matter experts.
  2. Ability to collect, analyze and compare water quality data.
  3. Understanding of estuaries and wetlands.
  4. Understanding of the importance of ocean stewardship.

Learner Outcomes

  1. Plan and carry out scientific investigation as they relate to ocean threats.
  2. Analyze scientific data to evaluate marine ecosystems and potential threats to marine ecosystems.
  3. Work within a diverse team to apply data and develop actionable solutions to address current, Maui-based ocean conservation challenges.
  4. Apply the concepts of kilo (observation) to daily routines and scientific inquiry.
  5. Clearly and precisely communicate ocean conservation issues and solutions from a science-based perspective.

Class is from 8:30am to 4:00pm, Monday through Thursday, March 18th to 21st, 2019. Tuition is $395.

For tuition sponsorship opportunities for grades 9-12, please contact Educational Talent Search program at 984-3286 or email

To register online, click here.

To register in-person, visit the EdVenture front desk in the Laulima building on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.




For more information, visit or contact:

(808) 984-3231
310 W. Ka‘ahumanu Ave

We encourage you to register as early as possible before class begins to secure your place in the class and to prevent a class with low enrollment from being cancelled. Space is limited in some classes.


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Phone: 808-984-3379