Marine Debris Background Resources

A Map to provide context for activities (includes Carteret County boundary, school locations, Rachel Carson Reserve, and 2 potential cleanup sites)

Links to general Marine Debris background articles for teachers and adults:

Links to general Marine Debris background articles for students:

Documentaries, Films and Videos:

Links to Marine Debris newsletters that have updated information:

  • NOAA – The NOAA Marine Debris Program has made great strides towards addressing and raising awareness about the global marine debris issue. Check out their 2017 Marine Debris Program Report, for up-to-date information on programs, data, lesson plans and more! at a few highlights and some major accomplishments from this past fiscal year.
  • Plastics at SEA – Sea Education Association has been conducting plastic research since the early 1980s.  During this time the occurrence of floating tar balls has substantially declined, in contrast to floating plastic debris, which continues to persist. In addition, SEA has conducted two research expeditions dedicated to the study of plastic marine debris. Results and data (which can be used in your math classes!) can be found at their website (Graph of Plastic Data).

Emerging Campaigns

Additional lesson plans and activities:

  • Bag It: Curriculum is focused on Single-Use Disposables; Waste and Recycling; Oceans; Human Health; and Activism. Each chapter has one or two lessons and within each lesson there are several interactive and hands-on activities.

Other local field trips: