Coastal America Student Summit

The Coastal America Partnership Student Summit on the Ocean and Coasts is a four-day event that brings students from around the U.S., Canada and Mexico to Washington, D.C. to raise awareness of coastal issues and to promote stewardship of our ocean. Students, accompanied by educators, will present issues tied to their local Coastal America Learning Center and the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts.

Student presentations focus on their research as they present a conference-style poster and a three-minute video, and benefit from the input of a panel of federal experts. Demonstrating the profound reach of the Coastal America Partnership, The Student Summit gives students an opportunity to interact with one another as they create a group proclamation that exemplifies their goals. The students also experience a bit of the legislative process on Capitol Hill during the capstone day when they present their group proclamation to Administration and Congressional representatives.

On March 11 2013, Student Presentation Day at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History’s (NMNH) Baird Auditorium was open to the public. To amplify the learning opportunity, this event was also made public through a live webcast on this page from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST, which you can now watch at Coastal America's website. The webcast presents a unique opportunity for students, educators and the public to watch from locations throughout the world as these young students make their voices heard in our nation’s capital. Here's the full schedule for the day, and more information on the 4th student summit. Join us as we listen to guidance about ocean stewardship from young voices from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.