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How You Can Help the Ocean

The threats faced by our ocean planet may seem overwhelming. In the face of pollution, climate change, overfishing, and...
Map of the Coastal Ecosystem Learning Centers throughout North America

Teens Focus on Ocean & Climate Issues for National Summit

In 1996 the Coastal America Partnership established a network of Coastal Ecosystem Learning Centers. High school students team up with experts from the Learning Centers to study issues affecting the ocean and present their...
Students of the Alaska SeaLife Center delegation.

Teens Take Action on the Ocean & Climate

What can students do to help the ocean? It turns out, a lot! These students from across the United States and Mexico are developing action plans on ocean and climate-related issues in their local...

Climate Change and the Chesapeake Bay

Students are working with the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Md., to develop an informal education plan that will communicate information about Chesapeake Bay marsh restoration and explain the effects of climate change and sea-level...

2011 Student Summit on the Ocean & Coasts Webcast, Part 2

Recorded Feb. 15, 2011, this video from the Third Student Summit on the Ocean and Coasts includes public awareness and education presentations that were presented by delegations from the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort...

2011 Student Summit on the Ocean & Coasts Webcast, Part 4

Recorded Feb. 15, 2011, this video from the Third Student Summit on the Ocean and Coasts includes presentations that were given by delegations from the Mystic Aquarium (01:00), Gulf Coast Research Laboratory & Marine...

How Do You Prepare for a Hurricane? Students Tell Us How

How should you prepare for a hurricane? Students from Bay High School in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi--who were participating in the Third Student Summit on the Ocean & Coasts --created this instructional video to...
North Carolina Delegation students and teachers posing for a photo in front of the ocean at Bald Head Island in North Carolina

Teens Making a Difference in Your Community

The North Carolina Aquarium delegation visited Baldhead Island, a barrier island near Wilmington, N.C., to observe and learn about the effects sea-level rise firsthand for their Student Summit project. Over the past year I...
David Barouh displays fresh fish for sale at Seattle’s Pike Place Market

Sustainable Seafood Glossary of Terms

David Barouh displays fresh fish for sale at Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Credit: © Rich Frishman Aquaculture - a form of food production involving the cultivation of commercial fish and shellfish species under controlled...
Guests at Smithsonian's Natural History Museum's 2010 sustainable seafood event

Event: Demystifying Seafood

Demystifying Seafood: The Ocean and Its Bounty Thursday, June 9, 2011 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History 6:45--8:15 pm Sustainable Seafood Seminar: The Gulf and Its Seafood One Year Later 8:15--10 pm...
EPA Pick 5 for the Environment website screenshot

Earth Day 101: Students Set the Example

Looking for more Earth Day ideas? Visit the EPA’s “Pick Five for the Environment” website. For more than 40 years, Earth Day has been a day to get your hands dirty—or wet! No act...

Webcast: Stories from the Reef

The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef brings together mathematics, marine science, craft, and community activism in an effort to raise awareness about the threat to coral reefs worldwide. This discussion considers the impact of community...
Sea bass flock to a tropical coral reef in the Red Sea.

5 Simple Things You Can Do for the Ocean

More than ever, the fate of the ocean is in our hands. To be good stewards and leave a thriving ocean for future generations, we need to make changes big and small wherever we...
A student uses a marker to decorate a reusable lunch bag with ocean creatures

Teaching Your Students About Marine Debris: a Classroom Activity

A student decorates a reusable bag as part of "Design Your Own Bag," a marine debris activity hosted by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Credit: Smithsonian Institution Have you ever gone to...

Light Painting Tutorial

What does a bioluminescent creature that lives more than two miles below the surface of the ocean and a glow stick have in common? More than you think. Bioluminescence is the process by which...
A light painted image of a hand-painted ceramic fish with light emitting from its mouth

Using Light Painting to Teach Bioluminescence

Watch this short video tutorial to learn how to do light painting. Painting with light is a photographic technique that can be used in the classroom to help students understand bioluminescence. What does a...
Orange and red deep-sea corals.

Deep-Sea Corals: NOAA Education Plans & Activities

Explore deep-sea corals in "Corals in Cold Water?" an Ocean Portal feature co-developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Habitat Conservation's Habitat Protection Division , the Coral Reef Conservation Program and...
Sound artist Halsey Burgund performs his composition Ocean Voices.

Five Questions for Halsey Burgund, Creator of Ocean Voices

Real or imagined, everyone has a story about the ocean. In 2010 sound artist Halsey Burgund teamed up with marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols to record as many of these tales as they could...
Three dancers dependent on one another, as in the food web.

Dancing for the Oceans

Video of OCEAN: Out Of The Blue If you were choreographing a dance about the ocean, how would you do it? Would you dart around like a lobster in a hurry? Dive like a...

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