Connecting With the Ocean in Your Own Backyard

Shannon Switzer is an award-winning photographer, published
writer, and National Geographic Young Explorer whose work focuses on
ocean conservation.

ex•plore  (ik-splôr)
v. ex•plored, ex•plor•ing, ex•plores
To search into or travel over for the purpose of adventure and discovery

For the longest time I added, “…in an exotic part of the world that requires an expensive flight,” to the above definition of “explore.”

Ever since my godparents took me to Belize as my high school graduation gift (yes, everyone should have godparents!), I was hooked on international travel. So, I would save and save as I planned my next global foray. After operating with this mentality for many years, something changed on a hillside in northern Uganda.


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