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Want kids to fall in love with nature? Teach them to surf

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To cultivate a love for the ocean, you need to give kids access to it. That’s exactly what Californian non-profit The Sea League does, with a fun surfing program designed to do much more than make a splash.

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Dive into The Sea League story in this video.

The Sea League runs summer camps and after-school programs for BIPOC kids to create ocean stewards through ocean sports. “It’s like little league for nature connection,” says founder Chris Ragland. In teaching these kids to surf, the focus is on addressing inequality and supporting those who otherwise wouldn’t have easy access to blue spaces.

As Ragland discovered based on his own experiences in the water at an early age, when kids spend time having fun in the ocean, what they learn can last a lifetime. It’s a way to grow community and bond with the environment, while also learning core life skills.

The vision? “Changing the minds of kids who can go on to change the world.”

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