Join us for a week of fun and educational activities, posts, and videos that celebrate the important role the World Ocean plays in our lives, and learn ways you can help protect it.
Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - Monday, June 8, 2020
Celebrating our One World Ocean
World Ocean Day is an international celebration and collaboration for a healthier future for our Ocean. On June 8, 2021 people from across the globe will unite to raise awareness of the critical role the ocean plays for all life on Earth and the dire need to protect it.
Our health and our ocean’s health are connected. Over half of the oxygen we breathe is produced in the ocean, and the ocean is the heart of our planet, circulating heat and water and regulating our climate. Vastly biodiverse, scientists estimate that 91% of ocean species have yet to be classified. The ocean provides food, creates millions of jobs, is a source for medicines, and provides inspiration, respite and recreation. It is up to us to preserve and protect it for future generations.
Please sign on to join us for the scheduled events below and check our Facebook and Instagram feeds throughout the week as we celebrate ocean wavemakers, share creature features, and post ideas on how you can help save the ocean.
|10am-3pm • World Ocean Week Kickoff! Get connected!
Beach Cleanup with Seacoast Science Center, Blue Ocean Society and The Gundalow Company
Kick off the week by cleaning up our coast! Join Seacoast Science Center, Blue Ocean Society and The Gundalow Company to help keep our beaches clean to support a healthy ocean and coastal environment. Learn more and download your DIY Cleanup toolkit. Together, we can make a difference!
|6pm • Facebook Live: Talks from the Tide Pools
Want to learn how to tide pool, where to look and what animals and seaweeds you might observe? Join Daryn this Wednesday at 6pm to learn all about the intertidal zone!
|Blue Ocean Society’s Recycled Art Contest
Both children and adults are eligible to enter! Entries will be accepted from May 17-June 8, 2021. For more contest rules and information, click here.
|10am-3pm • Coastal Cleanups at Seacoast Science Center and Odiorne Point State Park
Check in at SSC to get everything you need to head out into OPSP for a DIY coastal cleanup. Do your part to keep the ocean clean and participate in an international effort to celebrate the world ocean.
|You choose the time and place • Blue Ocean Society’s Virtual Run for the Ocean 5K.
No matter where you are, you can participate by signing up and then running or walking 3.1 miles (5km) on June 5! Learn more and register now!
|10am-12pm • SSC Marine Fellows Research Symposium
SSC Teen Fellows will share highlights of their studies and the individual research projects they conducted during their semester-long marine science course. In addition to the in-person event, students will go live on Facebook starting at 10:45 am. Research posters will be on display at SSC after the Symposium.
|1pm and 2pm • Family Tide Pooling Programs
Join us for small-group tide pooling explorations as we search for crabs, sea stars, urchins and more! Participants should come prepared to get a little salty and wet to learn first-hand which animals live where, why, and what makes them able to survive in this harsh environment. Learn more and register now!
|4pm • Family Trivia, Outdoors under the Big Tent!
Test your ocean knowledge and learn more about the wonders of our One World Ocean during Seacoast Science Center’s first-ever In-Person Family Trivia Event. Teams will compete outdoors under the big tent for cool prizes! Learn more and register now!
|Your Learning Connection, World Ocean Day Edition
Be sure to check out the special World Ocean Week Edition of Your Learning Connection! Click here to find new lessons, activities, and resources to help you celebrate, understand and protect the ocean.
|7pm • The Secret Life of Seals: Monitoring New England’s Complex Coastal Inhabitants (Live-Stream Webinar)
This past winter, Seacoast Science Center teamed up with Rob Digiovanni, Founder and Chief Scientist at Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, to satellite tag harbor seal #087. Since then, this little guy has motored from Portland, ME all the way south to Nantucket, MA. In this webinar, you’ll learn more about the tracking data that Rob has been collecting since the 1990’s, including why it’s important, what it tells us about seal populations in this region, and what questions Rob and his team at AWCS are working to answer today! Learn more and register now!
|9 am • World Ocean Day Wildlife Kayak Tour
Our new Wildlife Kayak Tour program series kicks off on World Ocean Day. Join an SSC naturalist for a relaxed-pace wildlife viewing paddle as we explore Little Harbor and its estuarine waters. Learn more and register now!
|6-7 pm • World Ocean Day Virtual Family Trivia Challenge
Looking for a fun and engaging way to celebrate World Ocean Day this year? Well, search no further! Join us on an adventure to explore some of our ocean’s most important habitats, and learn about the unique plants and animals that live there! Compete against other teams for cool prizes! Learn more and register now!
For 2021, World Oceans Day collaborators ask you to join the global movement to call on world leaders to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030. This critical need is called 30×30. By safeguarding at least 30% of our ocean through a network of highly protected areas we can help ensure a healthy home for all!
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