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Back to School with Marine Debris!

Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again: back to school. That also means that it’s a good time to brush up on your marine debris education!

There are lots of ways to help fight marine debris while heading back to school! Consider green school supplies and make sure that you’re incorporating the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle!) into your everyday routine. You can also work to incorporate marine debris education into your classroom through various activities and lessons.

"ABC: It's easy to stop debris!" infographic.

If you’re looking for some useful marine debris activities and curricula for your class, look no further! The NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) has lots of engaging resources that are free and available to download.

Looking for curricula to incorporate into your lesson plans? You can find useful ideas for lessons and activities relating to marine debris on our website! Check out “An Educator’s Guide to Marine Debris,” a curriculum appropriate for grades K through 12. Or, take a peek at this web-based Marine Debris STEAMSS (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math, and Social Studies) curriculum. Created by our partners at Oregon State University and funded by the MDP, it helps to incorporate marine debris lessons for grades 4 through 12 into various disciplines.

Want to talk about marine debris in your classroom but not sure how to begin? Consider showing TRASH TALK in your class! This fifteen-minute video (which can also be broken down into six two-minute videos that go over various aspects of the issue) reviews the basics of marine debris in a fun, interesting way that’s both engaging and easy to understand. In fact, the TRASH TALK Special Feature recently received a Regional Emmy® Award!

Looking for marine debris activities to incorporate into your lessons or to engage your after school group? Check out the TRASH TALK Webinar for Educators. This ten-minute video goes through examples of fun, hands-on activities that bring marine debris issues to life and make them easier to understand. These activities can also serve as a great way to get the conversation going after viewing the TRASH TALK videos.

Prevention is the ultimate solution to marine debris and education is the key. As the school year ramps up, so can our efforts against marine debris!