The Ocean River Institute supports a loose network of organizations, called Partners, which typically are small, local, regional and/or newly formed groups. ORI helps these groups to educate; to preserve flora and fauna; to conserve landscapes and seascapes; to advance ecosystem-based management; and to reverse human impacts on the environment.

Environmental groups that are small, local, regional and/or newly formed often find that they could benefit from outside help to achieve their goals.

That’s where the Ocean River Institute comes in.

We maintain a network of ORI Partners, connecting these organizations with resources and services to help them maximize their impact, expand their capacity, and weather unanticipated setbacks.

For example, ORI’s role might be to quickly raise money to replace broken monitoring equipment for a river or coastal group. Or, for a group that lacks a website, we can set up a web page with information about an upcoming event.

If your organization is interested in Partnering with ORI, please contact us.

Examples of ORI services

  • ORI acts the fiscal agent for the newly formed Virgin Islands Environmental Council, enabling them to obtain and manage funding. ORI also helped the Council engage thousands of people from around the world in an educational effort to protect ecosystems in the Virgin Islands.
  • In spring 2008, ORI responded rapidly with equipment and materials needed by the Coastal Bird Program for monitoring and protecting nesting piper plovers on Cape Cod.
  • Working with the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Conservation Law Foundation, and Ocean Conservancy, ORI raised public awareness (click here for example) of the need for comprehensive ocean management in Massachusetts, leading to passage of the Massachusetts Ocean Act.
  • In 2007, ORI helped Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) youth organizers in Boston to plan and carry out a Diesel DeTox campaign for cleaner air in their neighborhoods.

Information about ORI Partners and ORI’s role:

Inian Islands

Inian Islands Institute, dedicated to the education and inspiration of rising environmental leaders, within the phenomenal setting of Southeast Alaska.

Jaco Vienings Nature's Vision

Nature’s Voice starring Jaco Vienings is directed and produced by Serena Vienings. Jaco has partnered with the ORI to discover on film and spread awareness of environmental concerns from around the world.

Three humpback whales on Stellwagen Bank above sandy bottom ecosystem

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary: ORI assists with High School Student Member and Alternate Member to the Sanctuary Advisory Council.

Laura Henze Russell

Promote Safer Alternatives to Mercury Amalgam in Dentistry (SafeAMER) 
Hidden River/One Challenge working to rid mercury from our teeth, our bodies and our environments.

Humpbacks feeding on Stellwagen Bank MA

Restore Northeast Great Waters
Act for troubled waters of the Gulf of Maine

Virgin Islands Environmental Council: Dr. Quincy Lettsome, residents of the British Virgin Islands and local groups came together to form an umbrella-representative group to protect wildlife and precious salt pond, creek and mangrove habitats.

Rushing River Institute: Piotr Parasiewicz provides on-demand applied research to protect and restore rivers, offering engineering solutions integrating physical and ecological sciences

Alternatives for Communities and Environment: Carlos Moreno, an ACE youth, leads concerned citizens on a Toxic Tour of the Dudley Square neighborhood in Boston.

Coastal Waterbird Program: Becky Harris directs one of the most effective entities working to protect coastal birds and barrier beaches in New England

Dolphin in wake of Sunshine Wildlife Tour

Sunshine Wildlife Tours, Stuart, Florida
Discover Florida marine wildlife in North America’s most diverse estuary, Indian River Lagoon

Campaign for Environmental Literacy: Jim Elder coordinates efforts to restore and expand environmental education practices to better connect with nature, think ecological, and strengthen ocean literacy

Friends of Cooper Island: George Divoky’s 29 years of research and story of Black Guillemots on Cooper Island 25 miles east of Barrow brings home the global issue of climate change.

Plastic Debris hauled out of Stellwagen onto a barge

Stellwagen Alive!: The Friends of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary has a mission through programs of scientific research, monitoring, and exploration to educate citizens of Stellwagen’s natural wonders, ocean resources and ecosystem-based management issues.

Alaska Oceans Fund: Deborah L. Williams concurrently serves as President of Alaska Conservation Solutions and leads the June 7th Alaska Oceans Festival in Anchorage

Ocean River Network: Rob Moir managed to bring together more than ninety organizations and government groups in support of ecosystem-based management of MA’s ocean benthos.

Ocean Works Group: Alex Loers captains the 70 foot Research Vessel STELLWAGEN to provide scientists a platform for whale research on the Western Atlantic from Canada to the Bahamas.

Take Action: Protect the Habitat of Endangered Beluga Whales
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