DUML’s Community Science Program on Marine Debris combines community science with environmental literacy activities to connect elementary students to marine debris issues, research, and researchers in our community. The interdisciplinary activities in this booklet are designed to inspire our kids to explore and discover issues surrounding marine debris and utilize a mixture of newly created activities, existing research protocols, and existing education resources (from places like Washed Ashore, NOAA, and ScienceWorldBC) that have been modified based on local conditions here in Eastern NC. Together these activities represent a year-long program that will engage elementary students with experiential learning based on local ecosystems. We hope DUML’s Community Science Program on Marine Debris integrates into existing classroom activities, and provides teachers with hands-on exploration activities that complement existing curriculum.

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How Long ‘Til It’s Gone? Card game