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The NIST Ocean Marine Guardian service group aims to engage students to participate in conservation projects to advocate for and to protect the ocean and coastal environment. Our projects have included beach and reef clean ups, mangrove planting and the construction of artificial coral reefs. Future project ideas include breeding sharks/turtles.

Our Profile

Ocean Marine Guardians, which strives to promote sustainable choices to conserve our ocean ecosystems, aligns to NIST’s philosophy of informed engagement of social and environmental issues. Students of all ages learn not only to recognize the causes and complex factors that contribute to these problems, but also to independently identify solutions and take action. This approach empowers them to connect with others and use their abilities to bring about positive changes in our communities.

Which UN Sustainable Development Goals Do We Support?

To provide a clear context for the aims of service groups at NIST, we align our projects to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations.” This NIST group supports the following goals:

Goal 14 aims to sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems from pollution, as well as address the impacts of ocean acidification. Enhancing conservation and the sustainable use of ocean-based resources through international law will also help mitigate some of the challenges facing our oceans.

Key Contacts & Experts

Are you interested in learning more about this group? Contact one of the team members to discover ways that you can become involved.

Victoria G.

Victoria G.

Student Leader

Andy D.

Andy D.

Teacher Mentor

Sustainability & Transparency

All NIST service groups are held to our community’s high standards and values: integrity, caring, community and growth.

Funds Raised (THB)

Amount of money we raise Auction

Long-Term Goals

Raise Awareness and preserve the ocean


Expenses Breakdown

95% of all funds and resources raised have been directly funneled to the beneficiary communities.

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Visit the Ocean Marine Guardians website to learn more about our group, see photos from our archives and read the latest updates about our activities.

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