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Scripps Ocean Partnership

The Rancho Santa Fe (RSF) School District has a 20+ year-old commitment to ocean education and conservation. Students study the ocean year-round, focusing on marine habitats, some of which are featured in the MARE curriculum MARE (Marine Activities Resources & Education), a K-8, inquiry-based ocean science program that comes out of UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. Students explore earth, life and physical science, as well as, language arts, music, mathematics and the visual arts, all through the lens of marine science. Ocean Week at RSF was pioneered in 1993 by teacher Stacey Halboth, who for years has tirelessly championed ocean conservation and global literacy efforts.
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Currently, the Scripps Ocean Partnership (SOP), under the coordination efforts of MARE co-developer, Roberta Dean, connects RSF with the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), and the larger ocean education community. This unique affiliation creates strong connections between the cutting–edge research conducted at SIO, local environmental and marine activities, and the RSF school community. This program is the result of decades of dedication by RSF administrators, classroom teachers, and staff in annual planning and implementing of ocean science activities in and out of classrooms, the RSF Education Foundation and their on-going vision for innovative education, SIO’s recognition of the importance of sharing cutting-edge research with pre-college students and educators, and the Scripps family for their long-term support for ocean education.
Parent Volunteers Needed for Ocean Week (February 6th-10th) Ocean Week photographers are needed to take pictures of the students engaged in various ocean-related activities (please see calendar below). We also need assistance for the luncheon for staff members and presenters along with dismantling our decorations on Friday, February 10, 2017. Please consider helping to make this a fun filled learning experience for our kids.  Please click here to go to Signup Genius. Any questions, please email Roberta Dean at or call 510-910-0060.
ow25finalistOcean Week Spirit Wear Orders are now being taken for Ocean Week 25th Anniversary T-Shirts–featuring first prize student art by 7th grader, Jacob Malter! Please click here to download an order form. Questions, please contact Roberta Dean at
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