If you work in a school or with schools, you can make 8 June a special day to focus on ocean issues. 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 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.
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.
Sample Event: Nature's Academy Coastal Connections
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, plastic pollution, sustainable seafood, or energy conservation. Make it exciting and interactive by using films, music, games, and outdoor activities. Youth engagement is incredibly important for fostering future environmentalists.