Plan Your Event
Learning Lessons and Curricula
If you want to learn, teach or have fun, you can check out these sources for a number of ocean-related lesson plans:
- The Sea Change Ocean EDGE Directory holds a collection of downloadable educational resources and activities for a variety of audiences.
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a variety of resources for educators. Their Ocean Today website features videos of ocean exploration and marine life.
- The Bridge is a growing database of marine education resources with information on national, international, and regional marine science topics.
- The European Marine Science Educators Association has a list of good practices in marine education. This list includes teaching materials and resources in a number of languages.
- The Marine Education Society of Australasia compiled a collection of teachers’ resources that include information about specific marine species and environments.
- Ocean Connectors developed a variety of educator guides about the ocean. The resources also strengthen student bilingual skills using activities in both English and Spanish.
- The North American Marine Environment Protection Association has developed an array of education materials that can be used by anyone to educate others on the marine environment, marine pollution, and the maritime industry.
- Skype A Scientist allows educators the opportunity to get their eager learners answers straight from the source.
Give students a hands-on learning experience by hosting a field trip to an educational or engaging area. This could be visiting a local aquarium or zoo, going to the beach, or taking a walk at a nature reserve. These types of events are great for instilling a passion for marine ecosystems and wildlife.
Some zoos and aquariums event have docent-led virtual field trips, like this one at the LA Zoo!
Presentations and Workshops
Host a presentation or workshop at your local school! Invite an ocean hero or conservation organization to speak to your students. Alternatively, create your own presentation about the ocean. Focus these presentations on marine protected areas and the 30×30 initiative. Make it exciting and interactive by using films, music, games, and outdoor activities. Youth engagement is incredibly important for fostering future environmentalists.