Thank you, Fluor Foundation!
Fluor Foundation Making Waves of Impact


The Fluor Foundation has generously supported programs at the Ocean Institute since the earliest days and played a significant role in the campaign to build the new Ocean Education Center in 2001.  More recently over the past ten years, the Fluor Foundation has made a great impact through its support of the Institute’s Adopt-A-Class program. Throughout this partnership, the Fluor Foundation has made it possible for more than 1,200 underserved students to visit the Ocean Institute for hands-on STEM programming.

Students from Olivewood Elementary in Lake Forest, Kinoshita Elementary in San Juan Capistrano, and Viejo Elementary in Mission Viejo have most recently been “adopted” by Fluor, with funding that provides engaging, life-changing opportunities to learn. Olivewood Elementary teacher, Nancy Whitcher-Jones, reports that the field trip to the Ocean Institute is the highlight of her students’ year and that students return to the classroom invigorated to learn.

Many students who are sponsored through the Adopt-A-Class program have never seen the ocean before, and their marine science and maritime history fieldtrips open a world of mystery and excitement to strengthen their classroom learning. The ocean really does leave a lasting impression on young and old, as experienced by The Fluor Global Community Affairs Senior Director Torrence Robinson.

Torrence and Community Relations Manager, DeeDee Rosenthal, joined some of their “adopted” students on a field trip to experience first-hand the extraordinary opportunity the Fluor Foundation is providing to these students.  After their visit to the Ocean Institute, Torrence had extremely positive things to say about his experience with the students:

“I have to admit that my ’site’ visit to the Ocean Institute and morning sail on the Sea Floor Explorer Lab/Cruise was among the most enjoyable I’ve experienced in my 20+ years doing this type of work. From observing the pure excitement and joy of the students and knowing that for many this was their first time sailing on the ocean, to the hands-on experience and exposure to scientific exploration and sampling techniques, this was a memorable learning experience for all – including adults, teachers, and chaperones alike. It also didn’t hurt that at one point during the educational cruise our boat was accompanied by a super pod of dolphin!”

On behalf of the Ocean Institute’s Board of Directors, its education team, and the entire staff, thank you to the Fluor Foundation for its dedication to supporting the Institute’s mission.  As we ‘use the ocean as our classroom to inspire students to learn,’ we are very grateful that the Fluor Foundation chooses to play a key role in educating underserved students from Title I schools through the Adopt-A-Class program. We look forward to increasing the impact of our relationship with the Fluor Foundation throughout 2017 as the Ocean Institute celebrates forty years of providing transformative, ocean-based programs to Southern California.