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A collaborative mobile phone/tablet application where young students around the world can learn about our oceans and bridge divides.
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There is a new wave of ocean education on the horizon. Support Saltwater Classroom and become a part of it.

Currently, our oceans are in trouble. Decades of careless actions and neglect have left our oceans in a state of despair, with threats like overfishing, habitat loss, plastic pollution, and climate change looming large. To overcome these challenges, we must change the way in which we see the oceans, how we value them, and consequently, the actions we take to protect them. 

 This starts with education. And that is where Saltwater Classroom comes in. 

Saltwater Classroom is an innovative approach to environmental education that harnesses the power of our technologically connected world to bring together a generation of young people passionate about our oceans.  

Saltwater Classroom works in two ways to instill an ethic of ocean stewardship in young students:

 Why this Kickstarter? 

We are launching this Kickstarter campaign to raise money to begin the development of our collaborative application, while simultaneously growing and strengthening the network of supporters behind Saltwater Classroom. Building the SC application is the next step for Saltwater Classroom and we are ready to take the plunge. 

In 2018, Saltwater Classroom worked with 16 students through one summer program in one town in Maine. By the end of 2019, we will have worked with over 200 students through three summer programs, three in-school workshops, and in two countries. For 2020 and beyond, these numbers are only expected to grow -- and your support will help us get there. 

Why an Application?

For the young students involved with Saltwater Classroom, the hands-on experience and knowledge that is gained during these workshops makes a difference in their lives through their own connection to the ocean. But it doesn’t stop there. Through our collaborative application, students around the world will be able to continue to learn about the ocean, while breaking down barriers, bridging divides, and coming together as a global network of young ocean stewards. 

Our oceans need a generation of young people who are passionate about the ocean, inspired to make change, and uninhibited by the global scale of the challenges facing the oceans. By embracing the global nature of these challenges, Saltwater Classroom will help to provide the pathway for us to move forward towards a global sustainable future. 

How can YOU help?

Support Saltwater Classroom by supporting this Kickstarter. Any amount you can help put towards our goal will go a long way towards more ocean education and global connection. We think we have included some pretty neat rewards to help sweeten the deal. 

You can also help by building the momentum behind our efforts by sharing this campaign and spreading the word. 

Thank you.

A note about our rewards:

We are grateful for your support and have shaped our Kickstarter campaign and our rewards to show our gratitude. However, in many ways, our Kickstarter is different from most other campaigns. By donating to our Kickstarter, you are helping pave the way for a brighter and more sustainable future through the education of young people -- we think that being a part of this is the greatest reward of all. 

Visit our website, saltwaterclassroom.com, for more information. 



Video by Reese Buckholz    |    Infographic by Texas Lawton

Risks and challenges

Building an app is certainly not an easy, nor inexpensive, feat. Saltwater Classroom is aware of this and is up for the challenge. This initial fundraising campaign will allow us to begin development while we continue to raise money by other means. If you have any questions about risks/challenges facing this project, contact Lexi at lexi@saltwaterclassroom.com and we can discuss more.

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    Hey, thanks!

    We appreciate your support. For your generosity, you can expect a handwritten, hand-printed thank you card from the team at Saltwater Classroom and our immense gratitude.

    **Every dollar pledged is a vote for the vision of Saltwater Classroom, and will help us bring ocean education and global collaboration to more young students around the world. Backers who agree to be mentioned will be officially thanked on our website (included at every reward level).**

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    A Reusable, Stainless Steel Pint Cup

    Support Saltwater Classroom and receive a custom designed reusable 1-pint Miir cup -- great for all your on-the-go drinking needs. See ya never single-use Solo cup!

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    Thanks a tote-load!

    For $75 or more, you’ll be thanked with a Saltwater Classroom reusable tote bag, as well as a reusable pint cup. Perfect for schlepping your groceries, school supplies, or daily carry!

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    The OG Combo: Water Bottle and T-Shirt

    Receive our original Saltwater Classroom t-shirt and our insulated, stainless steel reusable water bottle.

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    Custom Saltwater Classroom 2020 Calendar

    Receive a beautifully designed, limited-edition 2020 calendar made with art created by Saltwater Classroom participants. FYI, it makes an excellent gift for a friend or family member. You will also get a reusable pint cup!

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    Saltwater Classroom Swag Kit

    Because you want it all -- Saltwater Classroom pint cup, water bottle, tote bag, t-shirt and our 2020 calendar.

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    Private Sunset Sail and Lobster Bake

    This summer, enjoy a private sunset sail on S/V Distraction and a catered lobster bake on one of Midcoast Maine’s beautiful islands. Available for four people and the boat leaves from Camden, Maine.

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    Virtual Saltwater Classroom Workshop

    Bring Saltwater Classroom to you and host a one-day, virtual workshop focused on ocean science and conservation!

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    Join our Advisory Board

    A unique opportunity to get on board with Saltwater Classroom by joining our Advisory Board. Bring your experience, knowledge, and insight to the table and help make a difference for our oceans.

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    Host a Saltwater Classroom workshop!

    Sponsor a Saltwater Classroom workshop at an elementary or middle school of your choice, or bring one to your office, family reunion, yacht club, bookclub, whatever!

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    Surf Lessons from a Pro.

    Give $5,000 and you’ll receive boutique accommodation for two people for four nights and (2) hour-long surf lessons by former professional surfer, Kalle Carranza, in Sayulita, Mexico.

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