Educator Spotlight: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Blade Shepherd-Jones led students through a hands-on study of the hazards of marine debris. Students explored the effects of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch on the marine animals native to the Hawaiian islands and their beachfront community. Their study culminated in student-led nature clean-ups, after which students made sculptures from debris depicting animals affected by marine pollution. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Educator Spotlight: Uncovering an Ecological Mystery

Stefanie Frump challenged her high school students to consider what would happen if Tampa Bay’s blue crabs disappeared. Groups of students took on the perspectives of different stakeholders, presented possible solutions, and considered each other’s needs and ideas while developing a compromise. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Uncovering an Ecological Mystery

How to be an Ocean Hero

Shannon L. Switzer Swanson is an award-winning photographer, published writer, and National Geographic Young Explorer whose work focuses on ocean conservation. There are many definitions of a “hero.” Each of us has our own personal opinion of the qualities a hero must possess and the people we personally consider to be heroes. I don’t know about you, but the idea of a hero as a … Continue reading How to be an Ocean Hero

7 Wonders of the World, times 7

Where are the “Seven Wonders of the World”? Well … Seven Wonders of the Ancient World • Great Pyramid at Giza • Hanging Gardens of Babylon • Colossus of Rhodes • Lighthouse of Alexandria • Temple of Artemis at Ephesus • Mausoleum at Halicarnassus • Statue of Zeus at Olympia   Seven Wonders of the Natural World • Great Barrier Reef • Mount Everest • … Continue reading 7 Wonders of the World, times 7

What Happens to the Plastic We Throw Away?

ENVIRONMENT Scroll through how tons of trash travels from inland trash heaps to oceanic garbage patches. (National Geographic) Use our terrific activities to follow the “tremendous travels of trash” and the “perils of plastic.” Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas How does so much trash end up in the middle of the ocean? directly. Trash … Continue reading What Happens to the Plastic We Throw Away?