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We bring the ocean to the people.


Our Purpose

Our Mission

to engage diverse communities in ocean conservation and climate action through shared, immersive learning experiences.


We have less than 10 years to solve climate change. 

Climate change is a global problem that needs all hands on deck. We're running out of time, and we've got a lot of work to do. We need to work together to solve it. We need collective inspiration, and coordinated action.

Our ocean is one of our greatest allies in that fight.

Our ocean regulates the weather, provides millions of tons of food, and enables life to exist on this planet. It has also been soaking up much of our extra CO2 ,and storing most of our extra heat. We need to keep the ocean healthy in order to survive climate change.


We need to empower more communities to explore, fall in love with, and protect the ocean. We need to make ocean research and conservation more accessible, equitable, and diverse. To do that, we must involve more communities in creating and sharing solutions.



OceanLab connects communities with the ocean.

We create shared spaces that foster engaging, solutions-oriented conversations with the public about climate change and ocean conservation.


We're a sandbox for experimenting with what moves people to protect the ocean and climate. We collaborate with scientists, educators, artists, community leaders, and partner organizations to create meaningful and innovative experiences.

Here are some examples of the things we've created, are actively working on, and are dreaming up:


Our Team

Patrick Flanagan

Founder and CEO

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Courtney Leader

Board of Directors

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Jon Leland

Board of Directors

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Roger Freeman

Board of Directors

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Alison Decker

Advisory Board

Kristin Hunter-Thomson

Advisory Board

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Peter Girguis

Advisory Board

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Rio Holaday

Advisory Board

Join Our Team!
We’re committed to improving how communities connect with our ocean while redefining the way a progressive, multicultural, equitable organization looks and runs.
If you're interested in joining us, whether as a board member, volunteer, collaborator, or crew member, send us an email at info@oceanlab.org.
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Support our Work

We're excited to have your support as we help diverse communities explore the ocean and keep it vibrant and healthy!

Donate Online

Donating online is simple and quick. We accept PayPal and all major credit and debit cards.

Donate the good old-fashioned way

Please address your check to Maritime Gloucester, and add "OceanLab" on the memo line. For cash and checks, please include a note to indicate that your donation is for OceanLab, and mail to:

Maritime Gloucester
23 Harbor Loop
Gloucester, MA 01930
Does your workplace match donations?

Many companies match donations made to charity by their employees and their families. Check with your or your partner or spouse's employer to see if they'll double the impact of your donation!

What's Maritime Gloucester?
OceanLab Inc. is currently in the process of applying to the IRS for 501(c)3 tax exemption. In the interim, we have partnered with Maritime Gloucester, a 501(c)3 nonprofit museum based in Gloucester, MA, to be our fiscal sponsor, receiving tax-deductible gifts and donations on our behalf. Under our fiscal sponsorship agreement, donations made to Maritime Gloucester (also known as Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center) are held in a restricted fund for OceanLab, less a small administrative fee. All donations are fully tax-deductible.

Thank you!

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