The support of young people is critical for the future of a healthy ocean. This World Oceans Day we have a special focus on what lasting change youth can make and how adults can help them do this.

ARKive Educational Activities

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This year we’re partnering with ARKive to provide you with free educational activities you can use at your events! The download kit includes:

  • 5-7 years: Penguin diversity
  • 7-11 years: Dinner at the reef
  • 11-14 years: Human Impacts on the environment
  • 11-14 years: Identification keys – sharks and rays
  • 14-16 years: Human impacts on the environment
  • 16-18 years: ARKive News Galapagos Conservation


You can also visit their website.


Download the AZA Educator Activitiesbillie

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This zip file contains favorite World Oceans Day activities developed by educators at AZA zoos and aquariums, in PDF format. The activities cover marine educational topics as well as conservation action tie-ins and suggestions.


Other educational activity ideas for World Oceans Day:

Educational walk and picnic
Sponsor a local naturalist to lead a nature walk or a cruise along a nearby river, lake, or coastal area. The tour can include identifications and discussions of the aquatic wildlife and features seen and unseen along the way. Give participants lots of time for hands-on exploration and include information about our ocean connection and how we can protect our blue backyard.

Public lecture
Sponsor a public lecture about the ocean by a prominent environmental leader, manager or scientist. Focus the lecture topic around this year’s World Oceans Day theme, or a specific local issue of interest.

Classroom visits
Make the rounds at local schools in the months leading up to World Oceans Day with a fun presentation about the ocean. Make it as exciting and interactive as possible by using films, music, games, and outdoor activities. Visit Bridge for additional resources and ideas.

Book reading or signing
Host a book reading and signing by local authors who have written about the ocean. Local bookstores and book clubs should be able to give you leads on persons to contact.

World Oceans Day page
Add a page to your organization’s existing website with a brief write-up about World Oceans Day. You can also check out our World Oceans Day marketing kit to help spread the word.

Grab some lesson plans! If you work in a school, you can make June 8th a special day to focus on ocean issues. DigitalExplorer has even produced a free World Oceans Day lesson plan investigating ocean acidification.

Make a model watershed with some local youth!