Ocean Blue Schools
When Ocean Blue Project was founded in 2009 on Nye Beach, so was a mission. A mission that not only encompasses healthy waterways and a clean ocean, but one that also includes youth education and empowerment of the next generation
Because empowering the next generation of youth stewards! K-12 online or in-class ecology curriculum tailored to your local watershed and focused on the connection we all have to our One World Ocean
Who we serve:
K-12 students; preference given to schools with 50% or greater enrolled students being described as economically disadvantaged
Youth Organizations (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4H, etc.)
Blue Schools Program is individually tailored to the needs of each classroom, each community and the features of each local watershed. We work together with teachers and staff to ensure that Classroom Learning and Stewardship Action Projects are designed to benefit the students, the school, and the greater community of people and wildlife.
Blue Schools Program
Furthermore, 4 main segments that are each tailored to the unique needs of each school, in each community and watershed.
Our program staff and college intern teaching assistants join students either in the classroom or through an accessible online webinar format for grade level-appropriate inquiry-based discussion and activities focused on the connection between local watersheds and our One World Ocean. Arts and leadership are integrated as students create their own pledges. K-5 students take part in the “Make a Wish, Save a Fish” initiative by drawing the threatened or endangered animal they would like to help save, while students in grades 6-12 engage in critical thinking as they are encouraged to create and commit to their own pledge that improves their local watershed for the school year.
Students of all ages have the opportunity to learn how to test their own hypotheses and see nature from an ecological perspective. Tailored outdoor activities may take place on or off school grounds, depending on the needs of each school and the greater community. Activities include planting of native species, cleaning up around drains and parking lots, cleaning up beaches, planting trees at the schools, or fundraising for a local Wildlife Enhancement Project.
We are also providing the opportunity to have Blue Schools Students and their parents come together to take part in community events. This can be combined with stewardship action projects that can be scheduled to take place after school or on the weekends to make opportunities more available to entire families. Communities may also be integrated through involvement in Stewardship Action Projects and Synthesis presentations
The synthesis segment is designed to provide a Blue Schools Program conclusion and opportunity for student reflection. Secondly, the K-5 students participate in an activity that reflects upon what they have learned and teachers are encouraged to display related student projects on school walls and have students present at parent conferences. Even more, the students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to present what they have learned and accomplished to another class or to their entire school. More over, the presentations are tailored to be integrated with teachers’ schedules and lesson plans and can be as simple or as elaborate as possible. Lastly, the presentation opportunities include, speaking in front of a class individually or as part of a small group. Integrating the arts by presenting a play to a school assembly or to families and the greater community, having a display at a class or school-wide “fair”.
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Ocean Blue will reach 17,000 students in 750 classrooms in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. through interactive live lessons centered around the state of our One World Ocean.
How to Create a Beach Clean – Up
1. Who owns the land or beach you would like have your beach clean up projects?
2. Obtain Signed permission, obtain permits, and set your date!
3. You will need buckets, reusable shopping bags, and drinking water! Cleaning up is easy and once you host your first beach cleanup or river cleanup it will be even easier!
4. After your group collects the found rubbish, you can add what you found on the progress report by adding as much information as possible of what was collected at your event. (This information is vital for the research and data we are collecting)