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Filmed, directed and edited by Kevin Painchaud
Produced/Funded by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Sanctuary Exploration Center Virtual Tour: Sea Dubs Classic

Join Foundation director Ginaia Kelly and Sanctuary Exploration Center manager Chelsea Prindle for a virtual tour of the Exploration Center and to learn about the habitats, wildlife, and history of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Produced by the Santa Cruz Warriors

Santa Cruz METRO Launches One Ride at a Time at the Sanctuary Exploration Center 3.29.23

On March 29, 2023, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s Exploration Center proudly hosted the official launch ceremony of the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District’s One Ride at a Time (ORAT) campaign. The event showcased the environmental benefits of transit, encouraged bus ridership, and encouraged the protection of our region’s extraordinary natural resources. It also described how with every logged ride on a METRO bus, ORAT would donate to program partners protecting the environment, including the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

Sea Stars Gala 2023

California Ocean Day 2024

Monterey Bay Ambassador Dr. Wallace

National Marine Sanctuary Foundation President & CEO, Joel R. Johnson, and ocean explorer Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, the brilliant mind behind the bestselling book Blue Mind – The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do discuss the value of National Marine Sanctuaries to ocean protection, and how a “Blue Mind” can catalyze ways to create and protect the ocean and other waters while improving personal health.

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary 30th Anniversary narrated by Clint Eastwood

Santa Cruz Warriors Ocean Day 3.13.23

The Monterey Bay Foundation hosts the Santa Cruz Warriors players and coaches for an up close and personal connection to our marine sanctuary. Players enjoyed a scavenger hunt which included touching a shark and getting to see rehabilitating dolphins up close. They also learned about the critical importance of a healthy and thriving ocean environment and why our Monterey Bay Sanctuary is such an important part of that.

Monterey Jazz Festival - Kris Bower's Interview

Emmy winner, Oscar-nominated, jazz musician, and composer, Kris Bowers has been commissioned by the Monterey Jazz Festival to write and present a piece at the 65th Monterey Jazz Festival. He was inspired by the 30th Anniversary of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to create a piece that highlights the role of ocean sanctuaries. In this clip from the full interview on Sands Box with Christian Sands, he discusses his inspiration and process for creating his music.

For the full interview:

Whalefest Monterey 2022: Sam Farr

“The Citizen Movement That Created Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary”

Whalefest Monterey 2022: Dan Haifley

“The Citizen Movement That Created Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary”

National Mentoring Month with Board Member Fred Keeley

Our partners, the Santa Cruz Warriors/Sea Dubs, celebrate mentors in our community…from coaches, to parents, to professional mentorships like Foundation board member Fred Keeley to executive director Ginaia Kelly.

Thank you, Fred Keeley for all you do for our community!

The Octopus Garden

Discover Wonder: The Octopus Garden is a remarkable, mind-expanding adventure that journeys with a team of scientists from the decks of high-tech exploration vessels to the dark and uncharted depths of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Their mission: to collect crucial data from one of the rarest and deepest fertile octopus brooding colonies on the planet.

Encounters with otherworldly marine life that inhabit the most extreme and fragile environments imaginable is a reminder of how much of the ocean remains unexplored and a cue for us to ensure the wonders of the deep are protected.

Written, directed and edited by John Dutton
Produced by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Funded by Tides Foundation

Discover Wonder

At the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, we invite people who care about the health of the planet to work with us to protect it.

Join us, and help protect the treasured places in our ocean and Great Lakes.

Hilary Bryant: Giving Tuesday Now

An important message from Hilary Bryant, former Mayor of Santa Cruz and co-chair of the Monterey Bay Foundation’s Board of Directors, urging you to support the Sanctuary Foundation for Giving Tuesday Now on May 5, 2020.

2019 Sanctuary Sea Stars

A deep dive into the work of our 2019 Sanctuary Sea Stars, a group of people and organizations who have contributed significantly to education, conservation, research, and business in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

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