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Name:O'Neill Sea Odyssey
Alternate Name(s):ONeill Sea Odyssey
Address:2222 East Cliff Drive, Suite 222
Santa Cruz, CA  95062
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-475-1561
Secondary Phone:831-465-9390
Fax Number:831-462-9188
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Description:O'Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO) was founded in 1996 by wetsuit innovator and surfer Jack O'Neill. A living classroom was created on board a 65-foot catamaran sailing the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary where 4th-6th grade students from schools throughout Central California receive hands-on lessons about the marine habitat and the importance of the relationship between the living sea and the environment. It is free of charge, but students earn their way into the program by designing and performing a project to benefit their community.

Executive Director Dan Haifley has presented papers demonstrating the positive, measurable impact of O'Neill Sea Odyssey's program on disadvantaged youth in the areas of educational achievement and environmental stewardship.

ELIGIBILITY: To apply to the Sea Odyssey program, teachers must complete the online application. O'Neill Sea Odyssey serves 4th through 6th grade students (20-35 students per group) in the Santa Cruz, Monterey, Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Benito Counties-and other areas too. Those eligible are groups of 20-35, 4-6th grade students from schools, summer camps, Boy and Girl Scout troupes, Jr. Lifeguards, community centers or any organized group within our age range. Home school groups are eligible for OSO if they have a group of 20-35, 4-6th grade students.
Mission:O'Neill Sea Odyssey provides a hands-on educational experience to encourage the protection and preservation of our living sea and communities.
Programs:The curriculum is taught in a stimulating and intimate learning environment, which provides a learning experience that lasts a lifetime. The program's curriculum is designed to support the educational goals of the schools that participate, and each of the subjects taught align with both California state and federal education standards. The OSO curriculum includes three learning stations: Marine Biology, Marine Ecology and Navigation.
Facilities:The program is conducted on board the catamaran with follow-up lessons at the shore-side Education Center at the Santa Cruz Harbor.
Volunteer Info:Supporting the community through service and education are key components of the O'Neill Sea Odyssey Program. Our students benefit from the experience of volunteer work and become more involved with their local environment in order to earn their way into the program. We at O'Neill Sea Odyssey would like to continue to connect with local citizens by offering intermittent volunteer positions. If you're interested in volunteering, let us know a little about yourself. Send an email to or a fax to (831) 462-9188.
Languages other than English:Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled:Parking & Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Available Within One Block
Eligibility:See Description Notes
Areas Served:California (Central)
Monterey Bay Area
Monterey County
Pajaro Valley
San Benito County
San Lorenzo Valley
San Mateo County
Santa Clara County
Santa Cruz County
Scotts Valley
Funding Source:City Government
County Government
Federal Government
Miscellaneous Income

Dan  Haifley
Executive Director

Contact Persons

Laura Barnes

Adam  Steckley

Subject Headings
 Educational Programs
Marine Conservation
Volunteer Opportunities
Youth Community Service Programs
This record last modified March 29, 2016