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Board Member

Phone: (949) ***-****  HQ Phone
The Ecology Center
32701 Alipaz St.
San Juan Capistrano , California 92675
United States

Company Description: The Ecology Center, in San Juan Capistrano, is an exciting educational center, that engages individuals, families, and students in fun, hands-on activities that...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Dana Point Marine Life Refuge


  • M.A. , Environmental Science Education
    Humbolt State University
  • Master of Science , Marine Science
    University of San Diego
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Web References
The Ecology Center, 22 Mar 2015 [cached]
Harry Helling CEO, Crystal Cove Alliance
CA COSEE | Staff and Partners, 17 May 2007 [cached]
Harry Helling, Vice President for Research and Education, Ocean Institute in Dana Point, CAHelling is Vice President of a major marine science facility offering marine educational programs to over 100,000 students per year.Helling holds a M.A. in Environmental Science Education from Humbolt State University and has served as Director of the Dana Point Marine Life Refuge since 1994.
Harry Helling
The Ecology Center, 6 June 2014 [cached]
Harry Helling President, CEO, Crystal Cove Alliance
"Our break-through with State Parks came ... [cached]
"Our break-through with State Parks came when we discovered that we need a different type of decision-making paradigm here; none of us can make a unilateral decision in this space…when that was finally acknowledged, everything broke through and we were solving problems together."- Harry Helling, President of Crystal Cove Alliance
The president of CCA, Harry Helling, a long-time conservationist and marine biologist, developed a cross-sector collaboration program that advances CCA's conservation and education mission, abides by the new environmental regulations dictated by the state in Crystal Cove State Park, and helps to preserve the financial viability of commercial fishermen.
When Harry left his position as a research associate at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, he spent over two decades helping to grow the Ocean Institute, into a nationally acclaimed marine education organization. In 2008, he brought his extensive management experience and scientific knowledge to Crystal Cove Alliance to further its collaborative conservation efforts.
Harry served on the executive team that oversaw the growth of The Ocean Institute into an organization with 130 staff and a $9 million annual budget. He helped to build a financially sustainable organization by making earned income an essential part of The Ocean Institute's non-profit culture. He also developed high-level management and strategic planning skills built on commitment to partnerships and social enterprise; his final project at The Institute was a successful $16.5 million capital campaign and the construction of a new five-building campus. Harry attributes his leadership success to his agility not only with numbers, but also with getting different organizations to work together - non-profit, academic, and state - in a broader and interconnected ecosystems.
Contextual Intelligence
An experienced manager of non-profit conservation organizations, Harry fostered communication across sectors through his ability to speak "for-profit language.
Harry has 25 years of experience in the conservation and education non-profit field, and has maintained a passion for marine conservation throughout. His desire to address conservation issues through improved education and awareness about oceans, especially for young people, has been a guiding professional principle. He saw the opportunity to combine his expertise and his passion at CCA, and committed himself to working with the state of California in order to create a new model for how non-profits can partner with California's state parks to improve effectiveness and efficiency of resource management.
Harry noted that "It doesn't matter which side of the vote you were on, both sides want a healthier environment with more fish."
By increasing profits for the private sector, and creating new programs to improve CCA's own mission, Harry has developed CCA into a model non-profit for collaborative resource management with the capability of scaling-up.
But as Harry Helling, ... [cached]
But as Harry Helling, president and CEO of Crystal Cove Alliance puts it, "Like our human populations, some live here all the time, while others just pass on through. From December to April, gray whales can be seen as they make their 12,000-mile migration from the Bering Sea to Baja California. Harry mentions that it is also possible to see orcas, fin whales, humpbacks, Risso's dolphins, warm water yellowfin tuna, certain species of jellyfish and the giant Humboldt squid passing through regularly, seasonally or just occasionally due to variations in water temperature or feeding patterns. "When we talk about marine habitat, we always include dozens of bird species too-gulls, sandpipers, plovers, herons-that migrate along what is known as the Pacific Flyway," Harry says.
An important part of the ecosystem that lives here year-round is the plankton. "The weight of the microscopic life far outweighs all of the larger animals, and it's important that any discussion about marine ecosystems includes plankton," Harry says. "Living and growing off Crystal Cove are many of the small filter feeders that depend on the rich plankton including mussels, clams, barnacles and small fish like sardines and grunion. According to Harry, other microscopic life that can be found includes copepods, larval crabs and barnacles, dinoflagellates and fish eggs that thrive in the water here partly because of the nutrients that occur from either land runoff or upwelling (being brought up from the ocean bottom).
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