Learn Scuba Chicago’s Underwater Ecosystems Education and Conservation
Learn Scuba Chicago is proud to promote the conservation of foreign and domestic underwater ecosystems, through educational and volunteer opportunities. To this end, Learn Scuba Chicago incorporates conservation education and practice into its week long trips, and is currently seeking opportunities to contribute to local conservation efforts on a more sustainable level.
Some conservation organizations that Learn Scuba Chicago has or will be working with include the following:
Coral Restoration Foundation
The Coral Restoration Foundation Inc. (CRF) is a 501 c (3) non-profit conservation organization created to develop offshore coral nurseries and reef restoration programs for critically endangered coral reefs at local, national, and international levels. Learn Scuba Chicago will be learning nursery and restoration techniques, and then implementing our new knowledge to transplant coral from the nursery to the restoration site!
The REEF Field Station Program
The Reef Environmental Education Foundation is a grass-roots organization that seeks to conserve marine ecosystems by educating, enlisting and enabling divers and other marine enthusiasts to become active ocean stewards and citizen scientists. Learn Scuba Chicago divers will be trained to count fish, enabling them to add scientific data to REEF’s impressive and free-to-access database of marine fish populations and those of selected invertebrate and algae species.
Caribbean Oceanic Restoration and Education
The mission of The Caribbean Oceanic Restoration and Education (CORE) Foundation is to advance the profession of marine stewardship to ensure the longevity, preservation and benefits of our Caribbean Sea. When in Saint Thomas, Learn Scuba Chicago and friends will be volunteering with CORE to address the problem of the invasive Lion fish through their Caribbean Lion fish Response Program.