Igniting Passion for Science and Inspiring Future STEAM Leaders

At the National Marine Mammal Foundation, we’re more than just an organization dedicated to marine mammal research and conservation; we’re a community-driven movement empowering individuals to make a difference in the world of science and environmental conservation. Our Community Engagement Program is at the heart of our mission, designed to inspire and nurture the curiosity of the next generation of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) professionals.

Inspire the Scientist Within You

We believe in the power of curiosity, and we’re here to ignite the spark of scientific inquiry. Our Community Engagement Program includes:

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The NMMF’s educational workshop program is a dynamic initiative designed to engage learners of all ages in the world of marine science and conservation. Through a series of hands-on workshops, captivating presentations by leading marine mammal experts, and interactive learning experiences, participants gain a deep understanding of marine life, ecosystems, and the critical role of conservation. This program fosters environmental awareness, sparks interest in STEAM fields, and empowers individuals to become stewards of the oceans.

Visit our Workshops page to learn about youth workshops (K-12), in-person events for the whole family, our Scientific Snapshots virtual series, and related topics.

The NMMF’s Youth Initiatives offer a comprehensive platform for middle and high school students who are passionate about marine science. These programs are dedicated to nurturing the curiosity and passion of young minds in the fields of marine science, conservation, and STEAM. Through these programs, which include the which include the Youth Action Council and Ocean Ambassador Award, students are empowered to make a positive impact in their communities and advocate for the oceans. Through education, mentorship, and hands-on experiences, these initiatives serve as a rallying call for the next generation of environmental leaders, ocean ambassadors, and scientists.


Embark on a meaningful exploration of marine mammal care and research through the NMMF’s internship programs, designed for college and post-graduate students. Delve into a hands-on learning experience, guided by leading experts in the field of marine mammal science, as you contribute to crucial conservation initiatives. This internship offers a valuable opportunity to deepen your understanding of marine science while making a tangible impact on marine mammal welfare.

This engaging and educational STEAM program is specially designed for toddlers to elementary school-aged children who are curious about the wonders of the ocean and marine life. This program introduces young learners to the fascinating world beneath the waves through a blend of interactive activities and resources that make learning both fun and informative.

Embark on an enlightening journey with the “Dr. Sam Ridgway Storyfile Experience.” Explore the profound contributions of Dr. Sam Ridgway, an icon in marine mammal science and founding President and CEO of the National Marine Mammal Foundation. Discover his pioneering research and its impact on marine mammals. This experience celebrates his legacy and provides a valuable educational resource, unveiling the depths of marine mammal science and a visionary’s legacy.

At the NMMF,  we’re a community united by a shared passion for marine mammals and the incredible world of science. Join us in our mission to inspire, educate, and empower the next generation of STEAM professionals. Together, we can protect our oceans and the amazing creatures that call them home.

Ready to embark on your journey into the world of marine mammal science? Reach out to our Community Engagement team today!

Support our Cause, Empower Future STEAM Leaders

You can support the NMMF’s STEAM education program by making a donation today. Your contribution directly aids in the development and expansion of engaging educational initiatives, providing young minds with unparalleled access to marine mammal science and conservation. Every donation fosters a deeper understanding of marine ecosystems, inspires future STEAM professionals, and supports critical research, ensuring a brighter and more sustainable future for our oceans and its inhabitants.

The Roots of our Education Program

The NMMF’s education program is rooted in the vision of Dr. Jim Rohr, a dedicated advocate for STEAM education who played a pivotal role at the NMMF by inspiring and leading educational outreach initiatives. He was deeply passionate about nurturing young students’ interest in STEAM, thus creating a profound and enduring legacy of inspiration and innovation. At the core of our current educational outreach effort lies Jim’s program, affectionately known as the “Rohrfish Outreach Initiative.”

Jim Rohr’s unwavering commitment to STEAM education remains the driving force behind our mission as we proudly uphold his groundbreaking work, establishing robust community partnerships to ensure the broadest possible reach to students. Through captivating outreach events, we actively engage and ignite students’ passion for STEAM, equipping them with the knowledge and enthusiasm to become the future’s STEAM leaders, advocates for marine mammal conservation, and dedicated ocean ambassadors. Dr. Rohr’s legacy is brilliantly reflected in our collaborations with organizations such as UCSD Create, the Girl Scouts of San Diego, and the Fleet Science Center, all passionately committed to bringing the marvels of science closer to students and educators throughout San Diego.

Today, we not only preserve Dr. Rohr’s vision and legacy but also extend our educational program to more cities and youth groups across the country, inspiring and enlightening hundreds of young minds each year.