Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Mountain and Sea Educational Adventures

  • San Pedro, CA
  • www.mountainandsea.org

Mission Statement

To teach environmental education in a manner which increases the awareness of the environment, raises the spirit of participants and builds their character.

Main Programs

  1. Emerald Bay Marine Science Camp
  2. Mountain Astronomy, Physics Science Camp
  3. Wilderness Explorer
  4. Back Bay Science Center Newport Beach
  5. Cabrillo Beach
Service Areas

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California

While the bulk of schools served by MSA originate from Orange County, there are a multitude of other counties served by the organization, with Los Angeles County and San Diego ranking high on the list. Schools come from other counties as well, from Ventura County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and as far as Northern California and Nevada.

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer since 1997

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Ms. Annie MacAulay

Keywords

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environmental awareness, character development, science education, mountain and sea educational adventures

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EIN

33-0943043

 Number

2068809462

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Accomplishments: #1 4,249 students came to MSA camps for life changing experiences that included character development, learning environmental stewardship, and outdoor science learning.#2 The Allergan Foundation augmented our summer day camp program and equipment at the Marine Biology Center in Newport Beach Back Bay with a generous grant.#3 Our floating ship lab takes participants out to do Channel Watch, giving them an understanding for the ocean and the negative impact of marine debris. #4 100 kids from disadvantaged Title 1 schools received scholarships to go to a three day camp.Goals: #1 To increase a greater environmental consciousness of students in the Newport Beach Back Bay and teaching them to become stewards of their environment. #2 To purchase the Wilderness Explorer (WEX), a 112 foot long, 125 person capacity, U.S. Coast Guard-certified ship from Seattle, Washington. We have leased the ship to host youth group maritime leadership and environmental stewardship camps. It is also utilized to take students out on the ocean for environmental impact studies including future marine debris cleanup projects in the Catalina Channel. #3 To raise $50,000 to improve facilities (better sleeping accommodations) on board our ship, the Wilderness Explorer. #4 To raise $40,200 to take 200 students from disadvantaged Title One schools to attend a life changing three day camp opportunity. We request students pay 10% ($25) for the camp which MSA matches ($25). The scholarship money covers all direct expenses, including transportation to Catalina Island, housing, meals, and use of lab equipment, wet-suites, snorkel gear, and kayaks.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Emerald Bay Marine Science Camp

Emerald Bay Marine Science Camp: Visitors quickly discover that Emerald Bay is the most beautiful cove on the Island, and MSA has the great privilege to share it with thousands of southern California students. They can enjoy kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, and one of the most beautiful interactive aquariums on the island chain. The housing consists of cabins and/or tents and can accommodate small or large groups. Classes such as ""Invertebrates Lab"", ""Plankton Lab"", ""Fish Camp"", ""Waterfowl"", and ""Constellations and Celestial Navigation"" imbue students with first hand knowledge on the marine world and a breathtaking encounter with the most famous of the Santa Catalina Islands.Emerald Bay, our premier camp, highlights the mission of MSA: "To teach environmental education in a manner which increases the awareness of the environment, raises the spirit of participants while building their character."

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$908,667.00

Program 2

Mountain Astronomy, Physics Science Camp

The M.A.P.S camp is located at Camp OAKES - a naturalist paradise located in the beautiful San Bernardino National Forest, twenty minutes away from Big Bear City. Students will learn what it means to be a real "field astrophysicist" through science workshops such as: Astronomy, Meterology, Physics, Orienteering, Shelter building, Environmental Stewardship.Students get to explore space via our private observatory, fly on our zip line, conduct physics experiments, encounter ecology, learn survival skills and make tons of memories!

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$89,571.00

Program 3

Wilderness Explorer

The Wilderness Explorer is 112 foot long U.S. Coast Guard-certified ship from Seattle, Washington, which is used to host youth group maritime leadership and environmental stewardship camps. The ship sleeps 40 passengers in 16 cabins, and can have up to 121 daytime passengers. It is utilized to take students out on the ocean for marine mammal tours and environmental impact studies. The ""Floating Classroom"" engages students in ocean-based research of the marine world using wildlife observation, plankton data collection, and dissection labs, exciting students about the outdoors and the field of marine science. This amazing outdoor learning program meets all state science standards.

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$287,352.00

Program 4

Back Bay Science Center Newport Beach

Nestled in the amazing refuge of Back Bay Science Center Newport Beach, this state-of-the-art facility has large aquariums, a wet lab and videoscope observation lab. Kayaking and outrigging safaris venture to the Nautical Museum and Newport Dunes through the Back Bay waterways.K-8th graders encounter exciting marine life, learning environmental stewardship, ecology, sustainability and marine science while having hands-on adventures! Counselor / camper ratio is 1 to 9 or better. All staff are lifeguard/ first aid/ CPR certified. Unique marine science curriculum and fun activities change weekly so your child can have fun and be intrigued all summer long. Age appropriate break- out groups are formed based on camper age distribution. Full day or half day enrollments available.

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$13,514.00

Program 5

Cabrillo Beach

Cabrillo Beach is an amazing 18-acre Ocean front preserve set in the Los Angeles Harbor, close to Los Angeles International Airport and both Long Beach and San Pedro piers. This location hosts MSA's Camp Extension Program and offers day workshops and overnight camping experiences in marine ecology and biology. Cabrillo Beach is also a great and affordable alternative for long travel days and/or higher cost accommodations when traveling to one of our other camp locations. A bird estuary, calm harbor water for kayaking and the Cabrillo Beach Marine Aquarium are a few of the highlights here. Our exciting physics program takes place aboard a 50 foot sailing vessel. Workshops can be tailored to your groups needs. Activities include snorkeling, marine mammals, swimming, campfires, kayak tours, plankton lab, aquarium tours, mud lab, tidal lab, and inspirations.

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$5,000.00

Service Areas

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California

While the bulk of schools served by MSA originate from Orange County, there are a multitude of other counties served by the organization, with Los Angeles County and San Diego ranking high on the list. Schools come from other counties as well, from Ventura County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and as far as Northern California and Nevada.

Funding Needs

#1 $50,000 to improve our facilities (better sleeping accommodations) on our 112ft ship, the Wilderness Explorer, to facilitate more kids camps at sea. # 2 Scholarship funds to get kids to go to our different camp venues such as our Newport Beach Back Bay camp ($13,000 for 40 kids for a one week day camp) and Emerald Bay camps ($20,100 for 100 kids - 3 days) #3 Volunteers as Ship Maintenance Crew and Summer Camp Councilors (17 year old and older) Funding for a qualified person (or a qualified volunteer) to oversee volunteers and interns #4 Increase of donations from 3% to 7% of our operational budget.

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MOUNTAIN & SEA EDUCATIONAL ADVENTURES
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Annie MacAulay

BIO

Annie MacAulay (Founder and CEO/President) holds a BS from Azusa Pacific in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University with a minor in Marine Biology. In 1993, Annie joined Long Beach Marine Institute, which provided land and shipboard education for middle and high school students. First serving as an environmental education teacher, her position grew to developing new programs and curriculum. Annie created an inter-tidal program at Little Corona Marine Preserve as well as a coastal bird estuary survey at Bolsa Marine Preserve. In addition to running educational sea trawling programs in conjunction with the Department of Fish and Game, she also worked on the research vessel Conqueror, teaching marine mammal and whale watching programs. In 1997, she started Mountain and Sea Educational Adventures (MSA), which has grown tremendously as she reached out to schools and organizations throughout the southland. MSA has experienced yearly growth and now serves over four thousand students yearly.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"MSA is unique in that we are not only teaching about environmental science and the wonders of nature but we are getting students out there to experience it. They are experiencing nature first-hand through site surveys done while Kayaking, snorkeling and watching birds; and they are learning in the classroom before hand about bird and fish behavior. Short lectures before and after their hands-on experience imparts a deeper understanding of the natural history being studied.On top of this experiential learning approach what makes us so unique is our character building approach that is built into each learning module. All classes focus on developing and encouraging a specific character trait in students, such as perseverance, courage or hope. Our instructors use each of these character building exercises in the midst of the student's outdoor environmental science education, bringing deeply memorable ""Aha!"" moments to their learning experience. Another thing that sets us apart is how we teach about pressing environmental issues. We teach solution based science, therefore students are encouraged to discuss creative solutions with teammates. We seek to impart hope by empowering them to be solution makers in the face of challenges."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Annie MacAulay

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