Ocean Guardian School
The Ocean Guardian School Program is managed by NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries with funding coordinated by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.
The 2020-2021 Ocean Guardian School grant application will open on April 1, 2020 and be due on May 1, 2020.
Does your school have what it takes to help protect the ocean for the future? Promote ocean and watershed 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
Ocean Guardian School 2010-2018
|Number of participating schools
*Schools that received more than one grant are only counted one time.
|Number of participating students
*Number reported from participating schools, not school districts
|Number of participating school districts||2|
Ocean Guardian School Measurable Data 2010-2018
|Number of recycle bins installed||954|
|Number of compost bins installed||473|
|Kilograms of compost made from school food/garden waste||857.75|
|Kilograms of recycled e-waste||2,322.85|
|Kilograms of reused oyster and clam shells||2,721.55|
|Kilograms of trash/debris removed from campus and/or from out in the community||145,548.04|
|Number of reusable bags (grocery bags, snack bags, etc.) distributed||10,614|
|Number of reusable bottles distributed||17,679|
|Number of single use plastic bottles NOT used due to use of reusable bottles at filtration station||497,788|
|Number of rain barrels installed||81|
|Liters of water reclaimed from use of water catchment system||52,078.13|
|Number of native trees planted||4061|
|Number of native perennials/grasses/annuals planted||34,696|
|Square meters of native plants planted||47,945.89|
|Square meters of non-native invasive plants removed||33,948.21|
|Square meters of turf removed||3,517.42|
|Linear meters of bank stabilization||1,178.94|
|Number of wildlife habitat structures installed||173|
|Number of LED or energy saving bulbs installed||44|
|Number of bike-to-school days||145|
|Number of stenciled storm drains||63|