Ocean Guardian School Projects

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Examples of proposed stewardship projects*

Example Projects within the Ocean Guardian School Project Pathways

Below is a list of just a few examples of both school and community-based ocean stewardship projects within the Ocean Guardian School project pathways.

6 Rs- Refuse, Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Rot, Recycle

  • Clearly marking school and local storm water drains with suitable signs such as "This drain leads to the ocean"
  • Covering and storing trash in areas where it cannot contaminate or pollute storm water;
  • Implementation of school-wide recycling/composting programs
  • School-wide green purchasing program that takes into account the environmental impact of purchases (packaging, recycled materials, sustainable production)
  • Implementation of zero waste lunch programs that promotes the use of reusable/bulk/compostable items
  • Community outreach campaign that educates about a related issue and advocates for change (i.e., “The Last Plastic Straw”)

Schoolyard Habitat/Garden

  • Creating or improving school gardens/schoolyard habitats with an emphasis on native plants, low water use, rain catchment systems, etc. while clearly connecting these activities to the health and preservation of the local watershed and/or the ocean,
  • Community education efforts using school-based ocean friendly garden as demonstration resource

Watershed Restoration

  • Restoration of local watershed/wetland area (i.e., removal of invasives and planting natives)
  • Improving fish habitat within a local watershed
  • Shoreline/bank stabilization
  • Re-vegetation of streams and creeks that flow through local areas

Marine Debris

  • Reducing single-use plastics on school campus (school cafeteria), at school/sport events, etc. (i.e., installing a hydration station(s) on campus, promoting use of reusable water bottles, working with cafeteria to reduce sale of single-use plastic items)  
  • Outreach/advocacy project focusing on promoting reusable bags in local community/ stores

Energy & Ocean Health

  • Conducting school energy audits/carbon footprint calculations that lead to energy saving projects such as "power down" campaign, installing energy saving light bulbs, smart power switches, etc.
  • "No idling" campaign, bike to school day campaign
  • Installing clean energy alternatives such as wind/solar projects
  • School-based water saving campaign
  • Tree planting projects

Click here for related lesson plans and educational materials aligned to the national education standards and ocean literacy fundamental concepts.

*The project lists below may not always represent a complete list of schools participating in the program for that specified year.