Discovery Center

Coming Soon! 


Ocean First announces the opening of the Ocean First Discovery Center in January 2021.

The center, which is the first interactive marine science education center in Northern Colorado, will offer high-quality hands-on STEM education to K-12 students in Colorado and provide unique opportunities for students to have access to marine species and the ocean reef right here in the Rockies. The Ocean First Discovery Center educational programming will be facilitated by Ocean First Institute’s Executive Director, Mikki McComb-Kobza, PhD., renowned marine biologist and internationally acclaimed shark expert. All programs will run at the state-of-the-art facility at Ocean First in Boulder; which includes an in-house pool, touch tanks with a variety of marine species, a wet lab, and digital microscopes – all in close proximity to a nearby stream for water quality testing and macroinvertebrate sampling.

*Class sign ups are first come, first serve for our programming starting in 2021. We will limit group sizes to 8 students or less to allow for proper social distancing. As always, our commitment to safety is always top priority and we will be monitoring the recommendations of the CDC.

Check back mid-December 2020 for class sign-ups starting in January 2021.


We are a group of divers, explorers, scientists, educators, film makers and conservationists sharing our love for the marine environment.






We create and support a community of enthusiasts who are passionate about experiencing and preserving our ocean. Whether swimming, diving or experiencing the sea in their own sublime way, our community shares an infectious passion and excitement that transcends their daily lives.