MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation
The MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation (MFF-ED) is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization established to fund and produce educational giant screen films (more commonly known as IMAX® theatre films) and companion educational programming focusing on science, the environment, world culture and natural heritage locations. Because of the Foundation’s ties with the world’s largest independent producer of giant screen films, MacGillivray Freeman Films, and some of the industry’s pioneers, no other foundation in the world has this immediate capability to deliver visceral, immersive learning experiences via the powerful giant screen film medium. It is this unique characteristic that sets the Foundation apart and defines its most valuable asset.
Their Mission is to educate and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to explore, discover and appreciate anew their connection to the natural world, to the cultural histories that shape our communities, and to the world society at large. The cornerstone of the Foundation’s philosophy is the belief that lifelong learning is critical to an individual’s development and important to a society’s wellbeing. It is their goal that the films and educational programs offered by the Foundation will galvanize people across the globe to become bold and passionate ambassadors for positive change in our world.
The Ocean Institute believes that "Experience is the Teacher." Their mission is to inspire all generations, through education, to become responsible stewards of the oceans. Located on 2.4 acres in the Dana Point Harbor, at the edge of the Pacific Ocean and adjacent to a designated Marine Protected Area with spectacular tidepools, the Ocean Institute setting and facilities are ideal for in-depth, ocean-based environmental education programs.
The Ocean Institute uses the mystery and allure of the ocean to drive powerful, life-changing learning experiences for students. They are committed to excellence in education and believe that students learn best through facilitated discovery. As a basis for demonstrating this, all of their programs facilitate discovery through immersion learning, provide creative and enjoyable educational experiences, and provide a multi-disciplinary approach to learning that helps students develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, cooperation and leadership.