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.

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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

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 2010-2018

Awarded Grants $911,590.02
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

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