Get Inspired Inc. is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Founder Nancy Caruso was inspired at the age of 10 to become a Marine Biologist while enrolled in a special program at her school that allowed kids to explore art and science with all their senses. She recalls one day in the 4th grade when she was constructing the continental plates out of plaster of paris as part of the curriculum for studying plate tectonics. She explains, “That moment clicked for me. I have wanted to be a Marine Biologist ever since.”
“Science is all about asking questions. It takes a creative mind to ask the right questions.” Nancy believes that future scientific discoveries are only limited by our creativity. The integration of STEM programming in to our schools has created the perfect environment for our programs to continue to inspire students through the exploration of science. Get Inspired’s programs are designed to inspire stewardship and curiosity for the natural world through the exploration of science. We continue to be recognized for our efforts and successes in the classroom and in the field. Many of the students we have worked with over the the years have been inspired to become scientists themselves.
- Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Award –Bank of America
- Commitment to Education/ Ocean Science Leadership Award- Quicksilver/USC
- Ocean Hero Award- Oceana
- Earth Month Hero- Wyland Foundation
- My Hero Award- My Hero Foundation
- “100 Most Influential People in Orange County”- OC Register
Our Programs Include:
SCIENCE EXPEDITIONS: taking adult and student groups out into “wild places” to experience science using all of their senses.
ORANGE COUNTY OCEAN RESTORATION PROJECT: restoring the kelp forest ecosystem ( Kelp, White Seabass, and Green Abalone) by getting the community involved in the hands on restoration. This ensures that the community has a stake in the health of the restored ecosystem.
AQUAPONICS: food for our future. Teaching kids and citizens this science which combines hydroponics and aquaculture and uses 90% less water that traditional agriculture. It produces both plant crops (tomatoes, strawberries, lettuce, herbs, etc) and fish to eat.