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UCSB student shows shells to school kids outdoor
Monica Pessino

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Betty Elings Wells with grandkids holding sea stars at the REEF touch tanks

Betty Elings Wells and her grandkids visit The REEF touch tanks and have a hands-on experience.

Making Waves: Betty Elings Wells's H’10 latest gifts put nature in the hands of the community

Inspired by her family’s lifelong affinity for the outdoors, Betty Elings Wells H’10 has made a pair of gifts to campus that support environmental education, and the environment itself. Betty, a UC Santa Barbara Foundation trustee, real estate investor and philanthropist, has made the largest gift to the REEF in campus history to create the Betty Wells Marine Science Outreach Initiative at the interactive instructional touch-tank facility run by UC Santa Barbara’s renowned Marine Science Institute (MSI).

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I hope this gift will help provide a better experience for all the children that go to the REEF, different things for kids to feel and touch, and even more great teaching about the oceans.

—Betty Elings Wells H’10

For more information about giving or to learn more about the Marine Science Institute, we welcome the opportunity to connect with you.

Matt Fratus
Director of Development
Ecological & Environmental Sciences