NOAA'S Adopt A Drifter Program


Click the school's name to track a drifter and to view photos and videos of the deployments.

Choose Your Drifter View Past Adopted drifters
Ocean Schools Deployment Date
South Atlantic

Out of Door Academy
Kimberly Walsh
Sarasota, FL

Titusville High
Jennifer Cotton
Titusville, FL

March 6th, 2020 - Present
South Atlantic

Western Hills University High School
Brett Strittmatter and Lori Cooper
Cincinnati, OH

Denham Springs Jr. High
Elliot Coates
Denham Springs, LA

March 3rd, 2020 - Present
South Atlantic

Tracey’s Elementary School
Noreen Hynes
Tracey's Landing, MD

Mowat Middle School
Jennifer Petro
Lynn Haven, FL

March 2th, 2020 - Present
South Atlantic

Doral Academy
Bill Meyers
Broomfield, CO

Troyeshchyna Gymnasium
Nataliya Byzova
Kyiv, Ukraine

April 18th, 2019 - Present
Gulf Stream

Calver Hall College High School
Michael Haire
Baltimore, MD

Chuiak High School
Kerri Lathrop
Chuiak, AK

Feb 13, 2019 - Present

Kepler Neighborhood School
Anna Cordes
Fresno, CA

Marianna Poli
Lycee Laperouse Kerichen
Brest, France

May 5, 2018 - Present
Gulf of Mexico

St. Joseph's Academy
Katie Lodes
St. Louis, Missouri

Luis Domenech i Montaner
Sonia Alarcon Parra
Barcelona, Spain

January 29, 2018 - Present
North Pacific

Scammon Bay
Mary Cook

International School Eastern Seaboard
Daniel Neyens,

West Salem High School
Valerie Henderson

November 10, 2017 - Present
Gulf of Mexico

Canterbury School of Florida
Gina Donovan and Jenna LoDico
St. Petersburg, FL

Admiral Farragut Academy
Sari Deitche
St. Petersburg, FL

Lakewood High School
James Kostka
St. Petersburg, FL

The International School of Monaco

Bancroft Arnesen Explore (connecting teachers on each continent to exchange school projects and curriculum)
Liv Arnesen
Bekkestua, Norway

Roald Amundsen High School
Cathrine Christiansen

Dec 1, 2016 - Present
Norwegian Sea

Bancroft Arnesen Explore (connecting teachers on each continent to exchange school projects and curriculum)
Liv Arnesen
Bekkestua, Norway

Roald Amundsen High School
Cathrine Christiansen

June 11, 2015 - Present
Gulf of Mexico The Canterbury School of Florida
Jenna Cummings
St. Petersburg, FL

Cape Eleuthera Institute
Tiffany Gray
Eleuthera, The Bahamas

October 31, 2014 - Present
Atlantic Weatherly Heights Elementary
Sue Zupko

Huntsville, Alabama

TED Istanbul KOLEJİ (College)
Sarah Hills
Istanbul, Turkey

September 14, 2014 - Present
Atlantic JASON Alliance of Southeast Texas


Private 3 Mart Azizoğlu Elementary School
Bursa, Turkey

March 3, 2014 - Present
Pacific Carpinteria Family School (Canalino School Campus)
Lori Lee Collins

Carpinteria, CA

Costa Verde International School
Tim Baldwin
Sayulita, Mexico

California schools co-adopting the drifters: Mt. View (5th grade), Goleta Family School (4-6th), Brandon (5th), Monroe (4th), Franklin (4th), Adalente (4th, 6th), Foothill (4th), Carpinteria Family School (5th, 6th), Canalino (5th), Kellogg (6th), Cleveland (4th, 6th), Quetzal HS, La Cuesta HS.

January 11, 2014 - Present
Past Adopted drifters
Ocean Drifter Deployment Date
Atlantic, Gulf Stream Burns Sci-Tech Charter School
Barbara Hawes

Oak Hill, FL

Deltona Middle School
Trish Robertson
Deltona, FL

September 18, 2013 - Present
Indian Ocean View Secondary School
Mr. Hendrick Salmonds

Cape Town, South Africa

U.S. scientists:
Dr. Meghan Cronin, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

Dr. Lisa Beal, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

February 19, 2013 - Present
Pacific Santa Catalina High School
Christian Reilly

Monterey, California

Colegio Loyola-Santo Domingo
Diana Alejandra Murcia Sterling
Dominican Republic

Istituto Istruzione Secondaria Superiore
"Michele Fodera" Agrigento (I.I.I.S.S. "M. Fodera") Sicily

Manno Antonino and Danille Erica

September 2012 - Present
Indian Roosevelt High School

Seattle WA USA

Masiphlimelele High School
Cape Town, South Africa
Joxo Asanda
9th and 10th grades

Hout Bay High
Cape Town, South Africa
Nicholas Matiza and Thomas Mtontsi
9th and 10th grades

Sophumelela High
Cape Town, South Africa
Ms. Mlonyeni, Sivuyile Ndamane, and Thomas Mtontsi
9th and 10th grades

Usasazo High
Bulelwa Mbopa, Nompucuko Poswa, and Thomas Mtontsi
10th grade

August 2012 - Present
Indian Los Angeles Valley College, California
Addu Atoll, Maldives
November 2011 - Present
Pacific Leilehua High School, Hawaii

Waikiki Aquarium, Hawaii

Marshall Islands High School
Republic of the Marshall Islands

Majuro Co-op School
Republic of the Marshall Islands

November 2011 - Present
Atlantic Providence Englewood Charter School

Chicago, USA

Faywood ABC School
Toronto, Canada
November 2011 - Present
Indian Okemos High School

Michigan, USA

Quatre Bornes State Secondary School


Belle Village State Secondary School


University of Mauritius
May 2011 - Present
Indian Bridge House College
Franschhoek, South Africa
December 2010 - Present
Indian Bryant Elementary School
Seattle, WA
November 2010 - Present
Atlantic/Indian Bradley Hills Elementary School

Bethesda, Maryland

Indwe Secondary School

Mossel Bay, South Africa

Heidedal and Parkdene Primary Schools
George, Western Cape, South Africa
September 2010 - Present
Pacific BLUE Ocean Film Festival - Drifter #2
Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science

Monterey, California

Notre Dame High School

Salinas, California

Palau High School
Koror, Palau
August 2010 - Present
Pacific National Geographic: The JASON Project
Adopted by students and teachers from:
High Point, NC
Camden, NJ
Astoria, OR
Philadelphia, PA
Spokane, WA
Leeds, ME
Orlando, FL
Kansas City, MO
Wichita, KS
Boulder, CO
Coon Rapids, MN
Webster Springs, WV
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
July 2010 - Present
Pacific BLUE Ocean Film Festival - Drifter
Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science

Monterey, California

Notre Dame High School, Salinas, California
Palau High School, Koror, Palau
July 2010 - Present
Atlantic Ahlf Jr. High School

Searcy, Arkansas

Country Day School
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
February 2010 - Present
Atlantic Weather and Climate Scholars at the Davidson Institute
United States
February 2010 - Present
Pacific Billings Senior High School Freshman Academy, USA

Montana State University, USA

Sino-Canada School, China
Centralian Senior Secondary College, Australia
January 13, 2010 - Present
Atlantic Adams School

Castine, Maine

St. Castin Elementary School

* March 2008 Atlantic Drifters
Mar 12, 2008 - Present
Atlantic Evanston High School's Drifter May 30, 2007 - Present
Atlantic Jacob Tanenbaum, Elementary School Teacher, New York
Seoul American High School, Korea
Oct 10, 2008 - Present
Atlantic Maryland Dept of Education
University of Rhode Island
Aug 25, 2008 -Present
Adams School
Castine, Maine
St. Castin Elementary School
4 drifters:
1. Mar 12, 2008 - May 1, 2008
2. Mar 13, 2008 - Oct 11, 2008
3. Mar 12, 2008 - Apr 15, 2008
Plainfield Elementary School
St. Pius X School
Big Spring Middle School
May 10, 2007 - May 6, 2009
Castlerock Middle School May 10, 2007 - July 31, 2009
Congressional School, Virginia, USA
Elsies River High School, South Africa
May 10, 2007 - August 15, 2009
Grace B. Luhrs University Ele. School
University of Toronto Lab School
Feb 12, 2008 - June 29, 2009
Grandview Elementary School

Chambersburg, PA

Université Nancy 2
Nancy, France
Nov 18, 2008 - August 13, 2009
Thunderbolt Elementary Marine Science Academy
Thunderbolt, Georgia

June 9, 2009 - July 9, 2009
June 9, 2009 - August 10, 2009
Key Biscayne Community School
Searles Elementary School
Cabello School's Drifter
Mar 12, 2008 - May 1, 2008
October 2007 Pacific Drifters

1. Oct 22, 2007 - November 3, 2009
2. Oct 22, 2007 - Apr 1, 2008
3. Oct 22, 2007 - Jan 10, 2008
4. Oct 22, 2007 - September 15, 2009
Waynesboro High School


St. Matthew's College
Oct 22, 2007 - Jun 4, 2008
Westerly School
Bay Village,Ohio
Oct 22, 2007 - December 23, 2009
Evanston High School's Drifter May 30, 2007
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Southside Middle School
Shippensburg University
May 10, 2007 - Nov 12, 2007
Burlington Elementary May 10, 2007 - Aug 22, 2007
Northland College
Kaikohe, NZ
May 10, 2007 - Jul 2, 2007
Smithtown High School May 10, 2007 - May 16, 2007
Riviera Beach Maritime Academy
Geelong Grammar School
Feb 12, 2007 - Aug 10, 2007
Nancy Grayson Elementary School
Bathurst Elementary School
Feb 11, 2007 - Aug 19, 2008
DBCP global drifter 1250 Sep 18, 2005 - Feb 21, 2007
Greenbrier Intermediate
Farnsworth Middle School's Drifter
Aug 18, 2005 - Dec 5, 2005
Mary Cook's Drifter
Greencastle-Antrim High School
Viviana Zamorano's Drifter
American Samoa Community College
Novi Meadows School