Ocean Guardian School

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Ocean Guardian School grant applications for 2018-2019 are no longer being accepted. The new application form for 2019-2020 will be available on the website by April 1, 2019.

Does your school have what it takes to help protect the ocean for the future? Promote ocean conservation at your school or in your local community by becoming an Ocean Guardian School.

An Ocean Guardian School makes a commitment to the protection and conservation of its local watersheds, the world's ocean, and special ocean areas, like national marine sanctuaries. The school makes this commitment by proposing and then implementing a school- or community-based conservation project.

An Ocean Guardian School:

  • provides project(s) for students related to the conservation of local watersheds, the world's ocean, and/or special ocean areas, like national marine sanctuaries.
  • provides opportunities for students, teachers, parents and friends to participate in a range of environmental and sustainable activities.
  • provides learning programs and opportunities that reflect environmentally sustainable practices that enable all students to be environmentally active and committed "Ocean Guardians."
  • provides ways for classrooms to promote best environmental practices within local communities, while at the same time projecting a positive image of the school itself.

Guardians of the Ocean

Want to make a difference in your community? Are you passionate about the ocean and conservation? Follow the lead of local California students in Ocean Guardian Schools who have made a commitment to protecting the ocean and preserving local watersheds. Naomi Pollack of the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries highlights these everyday actions students are taking to protect the ocean and their local watersheds. Learn more about the positive impact these actions are having on the students, their families and local communities.

Ocean Guardian School 2010-2016

Awarded Grants $682,372
Number of participating schools
*Schools that received more than one grant are only counted one time.
Number of students directly participated in projects
*Includes schools that were funded for each year + schools extending projects from prior year

Ocean Guardian School Measurable Data 2010-2016

Square feet of non-natives removed from school or community sites 171,108
Square feet of turf removed from school or community sites 29,616
Linear feet of bank stabilization 2,070
Number of native or fruit trees planted at school or community sites 3,228
Number of native perennials planted at school or community sites 28,137
Square feet of native plants planted 117,152
Pounds of trash removed from school and/ or community sites 123,189
Number of recycling bins installed 776
Number of compost bins installed 362
Pounds of compost created from school food waste 1,387
Pounds of reused clam and oyster shells 6,000
Pounds of e-waste recycled 5,131
Number of reusable bags distributed or purchased to replace single use bags 7,870
Number of reusable bottles distributed or purchased to replace single-use bottles 10,187
Number of single use plastic bottles not used due to use of reusables at hydration station 108,857
Number of rain barrels installed at school 43
Gallons of water reclaimed on school grounds from use of water catchment system 5,423
Number of storm drains stenciled 63
Number of wildlife structures installed 115
Number of nurdles removed 9,767
Energy Reduction kwh 186,368
Energy smart power strips installed 30
Number of official bike to school days 12