The Big Idea

The Centennial of the National Park Service in 2016 provides an historic opportunity to launch a decadal effort to bring America’s “best idea” to where it is most urgently needed now — our ocean.

“No water, no life. No blue, no green.”

The Expedition

A team of scientists, historians, photographers, documentary filmmakers, and young aquanauts travel all over the United States – from Cashes ledge to St. Croix to the Hawaiian Islands - using everything from a simple mask and flippers to submarines to capture images of astonishing underwater ecosystems. Through science and photography, they hope to inspire President’s to establish blue landmarks across an unseen American wilderness.

In 2016 President Obama expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument from 50 mile radius around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, to a 200 mile radius.

President Obama then went on to establish the Northwest Atlantic Canyons and Seamounts National Monument near George’s Bank, 80 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.



There is still more work to be done.