Virtual Marine Biology Field Camp: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

March 22, 2020


Hi all. We apologize for not being able to respond personally to the thousands of messages we are receiving. We’re two scientists (with a kid stuck at home) and are struggling to keep up with this venture on top of our workloads doing science and running a nonprofit. Thanks for your patience. If you see someone asking a question you can answer, please do! We’re all trying to get through this mess together.

Here are the most frequently asked questions:

1. What time is it where you are? Here is a great tool to find out your local time at 11 am Pacific Or google “Current time in Seattle” to see the time difference between your home and Seattle. (Yes, that is a typo in the graphic. It should say PDT, not PST, because we’re in Daylight Savings Time. But you can still type Seattle into Google or to find out the corresponding time in your time zone.)

2. Where can I see the first two videos? They should be on a videos tab on our Facebook page. (Most people are seeing it on the left in their computers but we’re not sure about the app.) We’re trying to copy these videos to our website (or YouTube) for families and teachers who don’t use social media. Thanks for your patience.

3. Can we add subtitles or translations? We’d love to! We don’t know how. We’re trying to copy the videos to our webpage. When we do, we’ll make them downloadable in case anyone wants to translate or add captions. Please know we’re volunteering as much and as fast as we can.

4. How can I help? First, you already are helping by spreading the word about Oceans Initiative’s work. Many of the foundations and individual donors who support our conservation nonprofit measure impact by the size of our audience. It’s a measure (albeit an imperfect one) of our reach. Like, comment, share, and invite friends to join us.

For those asking, here is the best way to make a tax-deductible, charitable gift in Canada or USA. Those donations go directly to our nonprofit’s conservation mission. But please know that there is no charge to join these events, and there is no pressure to give. We understand first hand that families have been hit hard by this challenge. We’ll keep up these events as long as there is need, interest, and capacity.

Thank you for your support. We love seeing your kids’ photos and drawings. Thanks for joining us. Please stay safe and healthy.

8 Responses to “Virtual Marine Biology Field Camp: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)”

  1. maura says:

    Would it be appropriate for six and seven year old children?

  2. Christina Sherman says:

    I’m so excited for this. Thank you so much for doing this! We will for sure be tuning in this week, and we’ll hunt down last week’s videos. My 12 year old has said consistently for the past 6 years that she’s going to be a marine biologist. She is going to love this! Thanks for sharing your time and talents! Sincerely, fans from Idaho

  3. Alex McDowell says:

    How can I volunteer?

    • oceansadmin says:

      Great question, Alex. Are you offering to volunteer on these videos? Send an email to team @ oceansinitiative . org and we’ll talk. As a nonprofit, we tend not to take on unpaid interns who are trying to get their foot in the door in our field, because they contribute to the lack of diversity in marine conservation ( We love our team, and believe that professional marine scientists deserve to be paid for their work. We do make an exception for people with established careers who want to volunteer with things in their area of expertise. We’ve hosted volunteer photographers and would welcome help from professional graphic designers, bookkeepers, etc. Make sense?

  4. Michelle says:

    Thank you for doing this. I have an extremely excited 11 year old that is planning on watching today!

  5. Pamela Taylor says:

    Thank you for sharing! I’m so excited to check this out.

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