I volunteer for a nonprofit called Teens4Oceans. T4O installs webcamera systems in the oceans, streaming live HD footage back to the internet viewable by any web enabled device in the world. This is one way that we have been able to "connect" students with the oceans from land-locked Colorado. We will be at the Outdoor Summit this year, seek me out, Parker Lindsay if you are interested in learning more about T4O.
As I wrote above, T4O utilises webcameras to allow students to connect to their environment. Look above for more information.