Marine Debris

DUML Marine Debris Curriculum

DUML Marine Debris Curriculum is a year-long interdisciplinary program for 4th and 5th grade classrooms across North Carolina. It was developed by DUML researchers, local teachers, and community members. 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 that have been modified based on local conditions here in NC. Together these activities represent a year-long program that will engage elementary students with experiential learning based on local ecosystems. If you are interested in getting your school or class involved, contact the DUML Community Sciene Team, and we will help get your classroom out in the community.

Creating informative art with garbage collected from a classroom trash audit


Cleaning our beaches and quantifying trash


The curriculum in action!

Teachers and students across NC have been learning and creating amazing MD projects. Check out our hashtag #EEdebris to see the curriculum in action and check out videos from our collaborators at the NCSU Environmental Education lab at their YouTube channel.

Click here to see a mural students created from their collected marine debris!

Additional Classroom Resources