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Future Frogmen is an initiative that improves ocean health through hands-on and remote youth environmental education programs by deepening the connection between students and nature.
By growing an inclusive community of like-minded Stewarts, we improve public awareness and appreciation of the ocean and close gaps between human understanding and destructive behavior.
In March 2021, we merged with Connecticut Scuba Academy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization for aquatic sciences.
Under the Academy, Blue Earth Podcast will continue with unscripted discussions about water-related topics, including climate change, habitat conservation and restoration, exploration, and species survival. The Academy also intends to continue with the Future Frogmen Blog and bring back the Future Frogmen videos under two new names Blue Earth Videos and Blue Earth Cartoons
Richard Hyman inspired by his experiences crewing for Jacques Cousteau aboard the Calypso founded future Frogmen in 2019; that same year, Future Frogmen received its nonprofit status from the IRS.
In May of 2020, Future Frogmen launched Blue Earth PodCasts. By the end of May 2021, we will have over 50 episodes.
September 18, 2020, Future Frogmen posted our first Blog and have 21 blog posts as of April 2021.
Future Frogmen's videos have produced 64 informational videos in our Conversation series since June 8, 2019.
Future Frogmen discontinued its nonprofit status in 2021 and became a subsidiary under the 501(c)(3) charity status of Connecticut Scuba Academy Inc, a nonprofit educational organization. The Academy provides unique vocational & educational opportunities in multiple aquatic sciences, including research diving and conservation. They offer training & Research opportunities to Nonprofits, Public & Private schools, Educational facilities, clubs, and after-school programs.
Future Frogmen's first intern, Hetal Patel, suggested the name for the organization.
Jacques Cousteau asked future Frogmen's founder, Richard Hyman, to drive a truck from Los Angeles to the Canadian wilderness and work with Cree Native Americans to build a cabin for a rare land-based expedition. Later, Richard took part in three more voyages aboard the famous Research Vessel Calypso. Richard wrote a book titled Frogmen about his SCUBA experiences with Jacques Cousteau, so it' was as simple as that.
When Future Frogmen merged with Connecticut Scuba Academy, the Academy decided the name suited the new mission Future Frogmen would fulfill.
We are interested in all things water, with a focus on our Aquatic Environment
Participating are undergraduate, graduate,post-graduate,post-graduate, and post-graduate students representing 50 U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities. High school students are also engaged, particularly Magnet Schools and STEM Programs. , We value inclusivity and welcome everyone, including non-students, career folks, retirees, and lifelong learners. , The audience is generally composed of one-third each:
We foster ocean ambassadors and future leaders to protect the ocean by accomplishing five objectives:
1.) Experiential Learning - We believe in science! We listen to and share information from scientists and activists, artists, authors, business people, photographers, public policy and health professionals, political representatives, and others through interdisciplinary learning.
2.) Communicating - Through our media outlets, we make ocean and water-related information understandable, relatable, and entertaining.
3.) Acting - Through our educational program, we teach students and lifelong learners how to be citizen scientists, conduct field research, and explore solutions to our environmental issues.
4.) Leading - Students and others take on impactful roles that further our cause and provide valuable leadership development by working for a non-profit business.
Whether it is via our formal internship program or other voluntary efforts, students and others contribute in many ways, including writing, public speaking, organizing outreach events and explorations, or producing our online videos, blogs, and podcast.
5.) Exploring - We aspire to provide fellowships, to help students and others get into the field. These range from small-scale day trips, such as the students who needed gas money to visit a fishery, to large-scale shipboard research expeditions, which we seek to accomplish through collaborations.