Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to 500 years of seafaring history, a world-renowned collection of historic vessels and award-winning educational programs, will continue to thrive thanks to newly signed legislation by Gov. Gavin Newson which helps Californians connect with the state’s coastal resources.
SB 367, by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), authorizes funding for State Coastal Conservancy grants for educational projects and programs for children and adults. The State Coastal Conservancy was established in 1976 in part to help Californians access and enjoy the outdoors, and sustain local economies along the length of California’s coast and around San Francisco Bay. The Maritime Museum of San Diego sponsored the legislation.
The Maritime Museum has worked in close partnership with the Coastal Conservancy pursuing its shared missions and objectives for enhanced public access, education, and enjoyment of coastal resources, said Dr. Raymond Ashley, Ph.D., K.C.I., Ppresident/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego.
“SB 367 supports the vision of the Maritime Museum by authorizing the Conservancy to fund educational projects and programs for adults and children, and to award grants to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, public agencies, and Indian tribes for educational projects, programs and accompanying infrastructure that support the delivery of science, history, and social science content,” Ashley said. “By so doing, SB 367 enables organizations like the Maritime Museum of San Diego to expand programs that bring more people to the coast, which also benefits our local economy.”
The Maritime Museum of San Diego is a non-profit organization that restores, maintains and operates historic vessels. The Museum hosts a variety of dockside and at-sea educational programs serving over 15,000 students each year.
Ashley said that the Maritime Museum will next work with the Newsom Administration and the Legislature to secure funding for the projects and programs authorized under SB 367.
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