Artist Caroline A. from the Ocean Trash
Girl Scout Project. Photo Credit:
Greensboro Science Center
Have a space for ocean-themed art making. Choose any medium, from paint and chalk to discarded plastic, and invite all ages to participate. Set up a pledge station where visitors can participate in the Better Bag Challenge and receive a gift, take a picture with a mascot, share on social media or throw a handful of sand into the ocean to affirm their promise.
World Oceans Day seafood demonstration,
photo credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium
Sponsor a sustainable seafood booth or event and invite local chefs to give demonstrations and food tastings. Check out Chefs Collaborative
for a list of “sustainable seafood chefs” in your area and verify their choices
. Have a touch tank with ocean creatures or if you’re close to the ocean, host guided tours and sustainable fishing demonstrations.
Photo Credit: National Center For Maritime
Policy Research, Pakistan
Invite local musicians to play and get your mascot to wander around and take pictures! Host a dance (to ocean-themed music, of course
) or put on a short theater dramatization. Organize a barbecue or a picnic and have a great time!
Photo Credit: Operacion Delfin Yucatan
Hold a contest for best sea creature costume! If you’re on the beach, hold a contest for best sand castle or sea creature sculpture. A few of your booths can be ocean games, like an ocean awareness wheel of fortune.
Photo Credit: Georgia Aquarium
Organize a volunteer booth with awareness and action materials. Color-coordinate your volunteers and visitors so that everyone is wearing blue. Provide carbon calculators, such as this one at Berkeley Institute of the Environment
, and tips for individual action. Hand out sustainable seafood guides and cards on-site and provide information for online programs such as Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch
or Environmental Defense Fund’s Seafood Selector
Photo Credit: Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport Oregon
Hand out ocean-themed prizes like free kayaking tours; tickets to the local aquarium, museum, or zoo; ocean conservation t-shirts, hats, or other gear; a sustainable seafood dinner for two; or membership to an ocean conservation organization. Alternatively, raffle off ocean prizes like coupons to local sustainable seafood restaurants; a day at the local aquarium, zoo, or museum; and so on, with proceeds going to a conservation program.